Fan drive continues through June


If you have ever gone without air conditioning you know how difficult, uncomfortable, and dangerous it is, especially in the blazing summer heat. And summer hasn’t even started yet.

That’s why 89.5 KVNE and 91.3 KGLY are partners with The Salvation Army for the Beat the Heat Fan Drive, which runs throughout June.

“The temperature is already pushing triple digits, and the heat index is past that, so we know the need is significant,” said Mike Harper, KVNE’s Vice President and Morning Show host. “We are so grateful for partners like The Salvation Army because they are so proactive in serving others. We also love that we have the chance to partner with this community by asking people to link arms with us.”

The Salvation Army distributes about 60 fans per week, so the demand is quite high. This year’s goal is 400 fans and it takes only $17 to change someone’s life.

“I remember one lady said she was so hot, she didn’t know if she should keep her window open or closed,” said Jill Smith, Director of Community Connections. “She didn’t have air conditioning or a fan, so she had no circulation whatsoever. It’s amazing how just one fan can possibly save someone’s life.”

89.5 KVNE and 91.3 KGLY began their live remotes called Fan Fridays June 8, encouraging people to make a difference. You can also give a virtual fan at

For more information, email My Friend Fletch at

The KVNE and KGLY road trip crew will be collecting fans from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lifeway, 5510 South Broadway, Tyler, Friday, June 15; Walmart, 105 East Centennial Blvd., Lindale, Friday, June 22; and at Lowe’s, 5720 South Broadway Ave., Tyler, Friday, June 29.

Fans can also be dropped off through the month of June at the KVNE/KGLY studio, located at 7695 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, or at The Salvation Army, 633 North Broadway Ave., Tyler.

For nearly 35 years, 89.5 KVNE and 91.3 KGLY have served East Texas with commercial-free, encouraging and uplifting music 24 hours per day, seven days per week.


Special Sections