Those able to brave the recent storm and make their way to the Lakeside Theater on Saturday the 23rd were rewarded with a rare gathering of live local musical talent for the WRGY Lightning Strikes Twice community appreciation concert. The concert, broadcast live on WRGY 90.5 FM, Rangeley’s community radio station, brought together six acts that delighted the audience in the theater, and those listening at home.  The performers – Mason Strunk , Nancy Bessey and Joe Montemurro, Tom Ball and Peg Knox, Sam McMillan and Duncan Stuard, Charlie Bruce, and PBJ (Bob Greene, Pam Ellis, and Jeff Smith) – all perform around town from time to time, but rarely if ever have they appeared on the same stage on the same evening. They delighted the audience with standards as varied as “The Green, Green Grass of Home,” “Heart of Gold,” and “Daisy a Day” as well as a closing group rendition of “The Weight.”

Nancy Bessey and Joe Montemurro

The concert was sponsored by WRGY with the support of the Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts (RFPA). It was held as a thank you to the businesses that underwrite the station, the individual donors who provide support and volunteer, and the community near and far that is the station’s listening audience whether over the air or by streaming live at  The live performance, which was also recorded for future playback, demonstrated the station’s improved technical broadcast capacities which have been made possible through the support of the community, and the station’s commitment to enhancing and expanding showcasing of local talent and community-based programming.

The WRGY board of directors would like to thank all of the performers, the RFPA, and all those who made their way out in the snow to celebrate with us and make the event a great success. And special thanks to Tim Straub who volunteered to serve as the evening’s emcee. For more information about WRGY, please check the website, or email us at

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