Lions Club Radio Day – A community tradition

Published 7:00 am Thursday, October 19, 2023

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The Lions Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Radio Day, is a four-decade tradition and is just around the corner on Oct. 25. The club partners with WQZX, Q94 FM, giving local businesses the opportunity for live advertisement on Q94 radio station beginning at 8 a.m. 

The Lions members promote the purchased ads live all day on the station and the proceeds go towards their donations and charity funds. 

Lions Club President David Lovell said he looks forward to Radio Day and having fun with the community for a great cause. 

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“This is our largest fundraiser we do each year,” said Lovell. “The money we raise from Boston butt sales, radio ad sales and the ugliest man all goes towards assisting local groups and causes here in Greenville and for Lions Club International. Come be a part!”

Local businesses can purchase advertising times from Lions Club members and ads are read live over the air multiple times throughout the day. Trivia questions are asked to listeners for prizes, and the club sells smoked Boston butts for $35, available for pickup in the park across from the radio station. 

Another fun part of Radio Day is selecting the winner of the Ugly Man Contest, a fun and humorous way for the community to aid the Lions. Three upstanding male community members have been selected to compete for the title – Pastor John Girdley of the First Baptist Church in Greenville, Ricky Crysell of Express Roofing and Ronnie Paulk of Ronnie Paulk & Associates.

Last year’s winner was Dunklin Funeral Home Director Benjamin Faulkenberry who said he wears the title proudly and that he had an amazing time being a part of the fundraiser. 

The voting is available online at, and every donation made counts as a vote for a contestant. The winner of The Ugly Man title gets to ride on a toilet seat throne in the Christmas parade in Greenville.

Girdley said it’s an honor to serve the fundraiser in this way. 

“I am so happy to be able to help in this fundraiser!” Girdley said. “What an honor and a privilege it is to serve the city and people I’ve grown to love in Greenville. I hope this is one of the biggest years yet for the Lions Club.”

Boston butts are available between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact any Lions member to purchase a ticket.