To celebrate the premiere of Season 3 of BUZZ, all are invited to a Happy Hour on Aug. 3 at Olde Salem Brewery in downtown Roanoke and a free Watch Party on Aug. 9 at the Grandin Theatre.

Launched in August 2020 on Blue Ridge PBS, BUZZ features Virginia nonprofit organizations receiving pro bono “marketing makeovers” from creative professionals affiliated with the American Advertising Federation of Roanoke.

“During our first two seasons and 22 episodes, we’ve shared the stories of more than 30 different nonprofits, and provided them with valuable marketing resources to help them create more buzz,” said Michael Hemphill, Buzz4Good creator, and show host. “Season 3 promises to be even more impactful featuring nonprofits such as Saint Francis Service Dogs, Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Virginia, FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge, and Roanoke Public Schools’ art programs.”

The season kicks off with a Happy Hour on Aug. 3, 4 to 6 p.m., at Ole Salem Brewery on Market Street in downtown Roanoke. One dollar of each beer sold will go to AAF Roanoke to support the production of future episodes.

On Aug. 9, Buzz4Good hosts a free sneak peek Watch Party at the Grandin Theatre for its season premiere that airs Aug. 10, 7 p.m., on Blue Ridge PBS. The episode is a special hour-long BUZZ that not only stars Grandin Theatre’s Film Lab but is being produced by Grandin Theatre Film Lab.

“The Grandin Theatre has been home to all of our BUZZ watch parties,” said Hemphill. “We’re thrilled to start Season 3 by providing the Grandin with more buzz of its own.”

Virginia is home to hundreds of nonprofits – from homeless shelters and food banks to children’s choirs and art museums. As skilled as these organizations are in fulfilling their missions, they often lack the time, expertise, personnel, or bandwidth to properly promote themselves. This lack of good marketing – this shortage of buzz, if you will – limits their ability to reach more clients, patrons, volunteers, and donors who will further their cause.

Over its first two seasons, BUZZ has featured Southwest Virginia Ballet, Healing Strides of Virginia, Mill Mountain Zoo, RAM House, Eastmont Community Foundation, Feeding Southwest Virginia, Virginia811, Giles County foster care, Blue Ridge Women’s Center, Christiansburg Institute, Children’s Assistive Technology Service, Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley, Taubman Museum of Art, Virginia Children’s Theatre, Tudor House, Council of Community Services, Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, and others.

All are available on demand at

In fall 2021, Buzz4Good added a weekly radio show airing Saturdays 4 p.m. on WFIR (also available on that interviews nonprofit leaders throughout Southwest Virginia.

Season 2 concludes Wednesday, July 27, 7 p.m., with an episode on Roanoke nonprofits involved in the “Healing Arts,” produced in partnership with Carilion Clinic, Roanoke Cultural Endowment, and City of Roanoke. The Grandin will host a free Watch Party that night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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