Nova Scotia

Attention music lovers: N.S. radio station selling its entire vinyl collection

There was a line in front of Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow at 5:30 a.m. today.

Mix 94.1 and Zed 97.9 are going digital and need to offload thousands of records

The radio stations are trying to get rid of 96 boxes of LPs and CDs before Sunday. (Submitted by Scott George)

It's a good day for music lovers. Radio stations in New Glasgow, N.S., are selling off an impressive vinyl collection that dates back to the 1960s.

It took decades for Mix 94.1 and its sister station, Zed 97.9, to amass the 96 boxes of LPs and CDs — but it likely won't take long to offload them.

People were lined up outside Highland Square Mall at 5:30 a.m. on Friday morning and program director Scott George estimated 350 people had come through the doors by noon. 

The radio stations were recently sold to Newcap Radio and will now be completely digital. That means about 6,500 LPs and CDs need a new home.

"It's quite the setup that we've got there and just an unbelievable collection of some really cool music memorabilia," George told CBC's Information Morning

The station has taken over the old Wicker Emporium location at Highland Square Mall in New Glasgow. (Submitted by Scott George)

He bee-lined for the box labeled "rock" and found Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, the White Album from The Beatles and a treasure trove of early Bob Dylan and The Police.

"There were even things like video game soundtracks, which I didn't even know that they put on vinyl and made those back in the day," he said. 

The sale runs until 5 p.m. today, and again on Saturday and Sunday. (Submitted by Scott George)

All the money will go to Viola's Place Society, which operates a homeless shelter on Marsh Street in New Glasgow.

George said it's a win-win.

"Some vinyl collectors … and people that just like to have vinyl in general are going to get some really cool pieces and then we're able to take all that money and put it right back into the community," he said.

The sale runs until Sunday at 5 p.m. — but only if there's still enough vinyl to go around.

With files from CBC Radio's Information Morning