Indianapolis, IN radio personality Rudy Kizer has been quietly collecting music memorabilia, but he’s not keeping the autographed records and guitars for his private collection.
Kizer, host of WRZX’s “Hit the Decks” electronic dance program, will auction off the items he’s collected over the past year to benefit Give Kids the World Village www.gktw.org, a nonprofit organization that helps children who have life-threatening illnesses, and their families, visit theme parks in Central Florida — cost-free.
In 2001, Kizer went on a Give Kids the World trip with his daughter, Karlie Biesecker, who was born with hydrocephalus and severe cerebral palsy. She was blind and had the cognitive capacity of a 6-month-old. His family stayed in a duplex built by the group.
“It’s just a really amazing community,” Kizer said. “When you go down there to do one of these wish trips, you develop a rapport with the folks that are there. It’s a really cool thing for these folks who are dealing with a sometimes really horrendous time.”
Biesecker died at age 17 in 2007, of complications due to her health problems. After his daughter’s trip, Kizer decided to “pay it forward” by helping the organization.
These days, when he encounters artists through his radio show,, he gets whatever memorabilia they can offer. For the past two years, he’s auctioned the items off to benefit Give Kids the World.
“You chip away a little bit at a time,” he said. “I decided to do this around Christmas this year, so if people wanted to do something special as a gift, you might be able to get something fairly unique and do something for a great cause in the process.”
For OM music fans, there’s a copy of the OM: 15 Year Anniversary compilation packaged with a matching poster signed by OM recording artist Mark Farina. This item can be located on eBay here.
Other auctions include signed albums from Bronx DJ Afrika Bambaataa and British DJ Carl Cox, a poster signed by DJ Paul Van Dyk and a guitar signed by the band Hinder.
The auction has no reserves and will run until Dec. 20. It is organized through Mission Fish, which donates proceeds directly to the beneficiary. To find the auction, search for “Hit the Decks” on eBay.
Click here for more info.