We’ve been producing Planet Philadelphia environmental radio show on Gtown Radio since 2015, presenting interviews on important under reported environmental topics and national news, exploring the how issues intersect in complex ways. Much of our work deals with trying to find solutions for the climate crisis. Our show’s unique format combines a high level of community participation with interviews from national/global experts. To date we have interviewed over 260 guests including theformer first female president of Ireland, a Nobel Laureate, security experts, scientists, filmmakers, politicians, community members, and more.
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Thank you in advance for your support!
Producer and Host of Planet Philadelphia
92.9 FM WGGT-LP Germantown Community Radio serving the Northwest neighborhoods of Philly. Radiating form the center of Germantown to Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy to Nicetown, East Falls to West Oak Lane and beyond.
Dear G-town Radio Friends,
We cannot thank you enough for your support of G-town Radio in previous years. We’re kicking off our year end fund drive and hope we can count on you again.
In January 2020, our founder Jim Bear stepped down from his role as general manager at G-Town Radio. We thought navigating without Jim at the helm was going to be our biggest hurdle of 2020. Boy, were we wrong!
When the city of Philadelphia issued the stay-at-home order in March, we understood G-town Radio would be a community asset that could keep us connected. A skeleton crew of volunteer programmers continued coming to the studio to provide live programming, while others quickly set up home recording, and learned audio editing and Zoom so we could continue to provide weekly original and locally-produced shows. While our neighborhood hunkered down, your neighbors, friends, family members—the people who make up G-town Radio—kept you company with local news, diverse playlists, and stories from our community. We kept broadcasting!
The COVID-19 red phase restrictions were only the start to our 2020. We navigated citywide curfews, the Maplewood Mall renovation project, and—oh, how could we forget—our antenna was struck by lightning. We kept broadcasting!
We’re so proud of what we were able to accomplish this year. But there’s an enormous amount of work ahead of us too. Keeping our community of volunteer programmers safe meant we needed to invest in new technologies and additional cleaning supplies. Plus, when lightning struck our antenna in July, it led to another surprise expense. Our small budget didn’t plan for the unexpected costs 2020 had in store for us.
We also have big dreams for 2021. We want to document even more stories from our Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods, and we hope to launch a new website so that you can better connect and engage with us. But we won’t be able to make our vision a reality without you.
That’s why we’re writing today to ask you to make a donation, of any size, towards our end-of-year fund drive. Your donation right now will keep us going and growing into the new year. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by December 31. We won’t make it without you!
When you make a gift to G-Town Radio, you:
Thank you for supporting your local radio makers
and bringing us into your homes.
With deep gratitude,
Tom Casetta, Station Manager
Joanna Wikander, Program Director
The G-town Radio Programmers
Our mailing address is:
24 Maplewood Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Planet Philadelphia is a radio show about our shared environment aired 4:00-5:00 PM EST the first and third Friday a month on WGGT-LP 92.9 FM in Philadelphia and/or at gtownradio.com. Also on Villanova University’s radio station, WXVU, Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. at 89.1FM.
Podcasts are available at
planetphiladelphia.com show archives page.
Individual interviews:Spotify, Anchor, Google, PocketCasts, Breaker, RadioPublic
Planet Philadelphia is a partner in Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story.