Wes’s Musical Meltdown Presents A Request-A-Thon For Shelly’s Vision: Give, Request, and Listen

Wes’s Musical Meltdown and the rest of the XTFM staff are proud to host and present The Request-A-Thon For Shelly Gage. Join us for the live broadcast on Saturday, December 12, starting at 12:00 PM Eastern, and running for as long as the requests take to play through. Read on to find out how this works, and how you can start getting involved now.

Some of you may be asking yourselves “Who is Shelly, and why is The Meltdown raising money for her?” Those questions will be answered in this article. However, if you’d like to hear a bit more about/from Shelly herself, Check out our October 13 Broadcast.

The short version is this. At the age of 13, Shelly went blind due to Diabetic Retinopathy. Thanks to the wonders of modern medical science, Shelly has an opportunity to have some sight restored through a safe, but non-FDA-approved, procedure involving Adipose stem cells taken from her own body and re-implanted into/around her eyes. Her reason for doing this is simple. She was on her way to a promising figure skating career when she went blind. She’d like to be able to return to the ice and safely maneuver, even if full sight is not restored.

A breakdown of all costs involved is listed on her donation site along with everything you may want to know about the ccause and the procedure. No monies will be handled by myself or other station staff.

How It Works And What We’re Doing

To donate to Shelly’s Stem Cell procedure, Click here and make your donation. Any amount helps. For every dollar you donate, you then get to make a request which will be aired on the request-a-thon on December 12, 2015. Myself, Shelly, and several of our XTFM airstaff will be on-hand for the broadcast event. I will host the entire show along with Shelly, and many of our other DJ’s have committed to joining us throughout the day.

Once you’ve completed your donation, send your requests to requests@wesderby.net. Along with your requests, you may either send your receipt to show you’ve donated, or I’ll confirm your donation with Shelly to make sure it has been processed before adding to the requests for the show. Pretty simple! So, if you donate $1, you get one request. If you donate $10, you get 10 requests.

Please have requests submitted to me by 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Thursday, December 10, 2015. Of course, donations will be taken until Shelly raises enough money for the procedure and other necessary expenses associated with it. Depending on the success of this request-a-thon, there may very well be a second one.

To listen, Visit the XTFM website and pick your media player of choice. Or, if you have the TuneIn Radio app on your mobile device, simply go to the Search tab and search for X Transmission FM. Then, on the 12Th of December, tune in, and listen for your name and your requests. You get the joy of helping someone out, and hearing songs you’ve picked. There are no limitations as to genre , adult language, or other content. if I have it or can locate it, it will get played.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via the form on the website, or leave them in the comments.

Links to More Information

Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 10/13/2015: Indepth Interview with Figure Skater and Musician Shelly Gage

Last night’s edition of Wes’s Musical Meltdown was a very special one. In addition to our normal mix of music and conversation, my guest co-host and interview subject was my friend, the bright, talented Shelly Gage. Shelly, like myself, is blind. However, unlike me, she has a chance at having her vision restored. I brought her on the show to talk about the cause of her blindness, what it’s taken from her, what it’s given to her, and why she wants to take this chance to have her sight restored.

Unfortunately, the process Shelly will be going through is costly, and not covered by insurance. In addition to telling her story, I wanted Shelly to have an opportunity to promote her fundraiser to raise the money necessary, as well as a chance to talk about and introduce us to some of her own music. Below, you will find informative links, as well as the links to donate and to reach out to Shelly. I can promise it won’t be the last time Shelly will appear on The Meltdown. Watch this space, as we hope to have a very special announcement of an event coordinated in partnership with myself and Shelly to help raise funds, awareness, and to entertain you, the listeners.

To give a little bit of background on Shelly, though this will all be discussed in detail on the podcast…Shelly went blind at the age of 13 due to diabetic retinopathy. At the time, she’d been a figure skater, and was constantly improving her skills and skating competitively. However, the loss of her sight changed all of that. Her hope is that the procedure she intends to undergo will bring back enough of her sight to allow her to ice skate safely and independently. Shelly is a lovely person, and deserves all the help she can get to achieve this goal.

You, my faithful listeners, know I always appreciate you tuning in, supporting the show, downloading, and sharing the links. Even if you can’t donate, I urge you to listen to this show if you missed it, and to share this post far and wide so we can hopefully help Shelly achieve her goals. Enjoy the show! As usual, if you like what you hear, Make an Amazon Purchase and help the page.

And yes, we of course had the Cover Comparison, requests, and all of that…Including the obligatory couple of technical hiccups and speaking flubs by yours truly. For me, this will go down as one of my most memorable shows. I hope you enjoy it as much as Shelly and I did.

Links From Last Night’s Broadcast

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Show Playlist

  1. Halestorm, Apocalyptic
  2. Black Star Riders, The Killer Instinct
  3. Revolution Saints, Way To The Sun (feat. Neal Schon)
  4. Theory Of A Deadman, Angel
  5. Ramones, I Remember You [Request]
  6. Ramones, 53rd & 3rd [Request]
  7. Rush, Limelight [Live]
  8. UFO, Lights Out [Live]
  9. Shelly Gage, A War Wherein, Op. 1 No. 4
  10. Sara Bareilles, Carolina
  11. Sara Bareilles, Uncharted
  12. Shelly Gage, For The One I Love, Op. 1, No. 1
  13. Joan Jett, Bad Reputation
  14. Avril Lavigne, Bad Reputation (Joan Jett cover, Studio) [Bonus Track]
  15. Third Eye Blind, Never Let You Go [Request]
  16. Third Eye Blind, Semi-Charmed Life [Request]
  17. Third Eye Blind, Jumper [Request]
  18. Weezer, Hash Pipe [Request]
  19. Megadeth, Sweating Bullets [Request]
  20. John Anderson, Straight Tequila Night [Request]
  21. One Direction, They Don’t Know About Us [Request]
  22. Linkin Park, Nobody’s Listening [Request]
  23. My Chemical Romance, Romance [Request]
  24. My Chemical Romance, Cubicles [Request]
  25. My Chemical Romance, Sleep [Request]
  26. Evanescence, Give Unto Me [Request]
  27. Third Day, Give / Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus / With or Without You / Your Love Oh Lord (medley) [Request]
  28. Sanctus Real, Change Me
  29. Sanctus Real, Forgiven
  30. Barlowgirl, Never Alone [Radio remix]
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