The Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Nu has returned to the campus of East Carolina University. The Snakes are back!
Sigma Nu Saturday was March 14, 1963 on WPYX Radio, 1550 on your dial
On this page we go way, way back into the archives to 1963 when WPXY Radio gave a broadcast day to the Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Nu to raise money for the East Carolina Summer Theatre. Brothers went all over Greenville selling advertising and coming up with gifts to give away on the air. Sigma Nu brothers, Sigma Sigma Sigma sisters and the fine retail merchants of Greenville and surrounding Pitt County towns made Sigma Nu Saturday a great day for everyone.
The promotion began at 7 a.m. at the Sigma Nu house located at 411 West 5th Street with a live broadcast that lasted until 6 p.m. with only station breaks and news taking place at the WPXY studios. One brother was also on location to broacast from the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority house. Brothers were randomly selected to read commercials on the air. Cars were stopped as they drove by and occupants were given free Jack's Cookies and a Pepsi and could also purchase a hot dog for the cause.
On top of that, Suzie Q Wynne, from Bethel, the only monkey in Pitt County who coud "do the dog" made a special appearance. She was brought over by J. C. "Chick" Wynne of Wynne Chevrolet in Bethel.
Dr. Leo Jenkins was on hand and thanked Chapter Commander Millard Maloney for the Sigma Nu promotion of ECU. He stated, "The Sigma Nu effort is another illustration of work being done by our sororities and fraternities to enhance the growth of the college and community." Clarance Stasavich, head football coach and Wendell Carr, head basketball coach, along with Earl Smith, head baseball coach were also participants in the live broadcast from the fraternity house.
Burke Stancil sold the most advertising for the event and even today credits this event for helping him become the successful business man he has become out in Montana.
Sigma Nu Saturday raised $850 for the premier season of the East Carolina Summer Theatre. Today the theatre is still producing plays at ECU as the ECU/Loessin Summer Theatre. So it seems Sigma Nu Saturday and WPXY Radio really did make a difference.