By the time the radio station vehicles arrive before noon at the Willow Park parking lot adjacent to the batting cages, crowds have already begun to gather for Weenie Wednesday. Weenie Wednesday is an event launched using the KVFX Texting with Benefits Club.
The back of the station’s van opens up to reveal a large, built-in stereo system that plays the station’s music between 12-1 p.m. With the tables full of condiments, grill unloaded and the music going, the crew – with morning radio personalities AJ and McCall – get the dogs cooking as the crowd begins to step up and take their hot dog. Weenie Wednesdays, where free hot dogs and Pepsi products are given out, is a customer appreciation token to KVFX listeners. In order to receive the one free hot dog and drink, people had to show they were members of the text club.
Everyone at the media group is excited to be a part of the summer activity. Radio personalities AJ Knight and McCall Taylor and staff from the Cache Valley Media Group were right in the middle of hot dog heaven, passing out dogs and visiting with folks.
“Since I’ve been part of VFX, Weenie Wednesday has been an event there’s no way not to get excited about,” AJ said. “Our social media accounts blow up each year with people asking when we’re going to start, because it really is the kickoff for the valley’s summer time.”
AJ said they are so proud to be part of the community.
“It’s amazing to see the familiar faces back each year, and friends bringing new people because they enjoy the event and want to share the joy and happiness.
“Each year Weenie Wednesday gets bigger and bigger and it feels great to just do something nice for the community,” said AJ. “Kids, parents, college kids, anyone and everyone can come hang out at a beautiful park and enjoy a free hot dog on us.”
Both of the DJs said they love meeting people, much like they do on their morning radio show.
“We just want to give people some enjoyment for a period of time.”
“This has been staple in the park for about 10 years and it grows every year,” said Eric Frandsen, vice president of operations for the Cache Valley Media Group. “We are expecting it to get bigger this summer.”
The hot dog giveaway begins mid-June, depending on the weather, and continues every Wednesday through mid-August. It is not held on holidays. The summer tradition began at First Dam but outgrew the space. A few years ago Logan City asked if Weenie Wednesday could be relocated to a larger park with more parking. Over the course of the summer, several thousand hot dogs get grilled up and handed out.
“Attendance numbers picked up where it left off year ago,” McCall said. “We had as many for our first one as we did at the end of last summer.”
Families and friends come to listen to the music. Some even dance a little. People sit in the shade of trees and at the Rotary Pavillion to visit while eating a freshly grilled hot dog. At the conclusion of each Weenie Wednesday, giveaways to local events and concerts are handed out.
McCall hopes to get some events going to get people involved and have some fun while they are out in the park.
According to the number of hot dogs cooked, there were approximately 500 people served.
Find out details about Weenie Wednesdays by listening to VFX- 94.5/98.3 and listen to the AJ & McCall show from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.