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Bonneville’s KIRO-FM Seattle Wins Murrow

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Date Posted: 8/3/2018

Bonneville’s KIRO-FM Seattle won a Murrow award for its story “Homeless Girls Join Their First Girl Scout troop at Mary’s Place.” Mary’s Place, a Seattle homeless shelter, hosts Girl Scout meetings on Wednesday nights, providing many girls with their first opportunity to participate in scouting. The troop welcomes girls of all ages, from four to 18. A 13-year-old scout said that through the troop, she has learned to be kind, respect others and to refrain from bullying. “Kids just want to have a sense of normal,” said Tanita Horton, one of the troop’s leaders. “I think that this certainly brings some of that to them.” Listen to the story here.

KIRO-TV’s Jesse Jones Inspires Free Credit Law

Date Posted: 4/1/2018

Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle investigative reporter Jesse Jones won his fight for "Free Credit Freezes for All" on March 13, when Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6018 into law. Jones began producing an investigative series after credit bureau Equifax’s data breach impacted the personal and financial data of 147 million people. The company waited months to notify consumers. Within a few months, Washington residents will be able to freeze and unfreeze their credit file with the three major credit agencies without having to pay a $10 fee.

“It’s why we do this. It’s why I do this. Making real, actual, and lasting change,” Jones said.

“Every news story we report on, every investigative piece we pursue, every element of our local programming is produced with the need of the viewer as our primary focus,” said Vice President and General Manager Greg Bilte. “We couldn’t be prouder of Jesse’s team for their passion and dedication on behalf of Western Washington consumers. KIRO 7 will continue to provide the resources and platforms for Jesse and everyone in the newsroom to pursue the issues that will positively impact people’s lives.”

KIRO Hosts Town Hall on Guns

Date Posted: 4/1/2018

Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle hosted, aired and streamed “KIRO 7 Live Town Hall: An Urgent Conversation About Guns” on March 14. The dialogue from the one-hour special provided new perspectives from a variety of viewpoints on the gun controversy, including Governor Jay Inslee, Sen. Tim Sheldon, Sen. Manka Dhingra, high school teachers, professors, students and journalists.

“KIRO 7 is committed to taking our viewers in-depth on important local issues, and delivering the story in balanced and impactful ways like we did with the Live Town Hall,” said Vice President and General Manager Greg Bilte.

KIRO-TV Relieves $1 Million in Medical Debt

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle relieved $1 million in viewers’ medical debt following consumer Advocate Jesse Jones’ investigation into the medical debt collection system. Medical debt is the top cause of bankruptcy in the U.S., with 19 percent of Americans in collections. KIRO-TV and Jones then worked with RIP Medical Debt to purchase $1 million worth of medical debt for $12,000.

More than 1,000 viewers received a letter informing them that their debt was paid. The original segment on February 5 received an extraordinary response by viewers wanting to help. As a result, KIRO-TV is seeking a platform to allow viewers to donate toward helping others pay off medical debt.

“I am a cancer survivor who has survived medical debt,” said Jones. “I’ve been on payment plans. I also have a job and insurance, but there are others out there not as fortunate as I am. It’s important to me to share their stories… and make a difference.”

“We are proud to support Jesse’s commitment to consumer advocacy and our entire news staff will continue to deliver in-depth and investigative reporting to help our viewers stay informed about major stories that impact their lives,” said Vice President and General Manager Greg Bilte.

Seattle Radio Raises $817,000 for the Kids

Date Posted: 12/25/2017

iHeartMedia’s KBKS-FM Seattle raised $817,000 in a radiothon held on December 13. In 15 years, “Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon” has raised more than $15.7 million. “This wouldn’t happen without the amazing Bender and Molly on 106.1 KISS FM,” said Michele Smith of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation board of trustees. “They have such passion for Seattle Children’s and I think it really shows in the way their listeners contribute to the hospital every year.”

KRWM-FM and KING-TV Feed Five Million

Date Posted: 12/5/2017

Hubbard Radio Group’s KRWM-FM Seattle partnered with TEGNA’s NBC affiliate KING-TV for their 17th annual “Home Team Harvest” campaign benefitting Northwest Harvest. With four live broadcasts on December 2, day one of the campaign generated enough food for 4,156,321 meals. Home Team Harvest will continue to collect donations through the end of December in order to reach their goal of providing five million meals to community members in need.

Seattle Anchor Shares Personal Story About Sexual Abuse

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Date Posted: 10/16/2017

Tenga’s NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle aired a seven-minute segment on October 16, prompted by the #MeToo movement, in which anchor Amity Addrisi shared her story of sexual abuse. Addrisi told a narrative about a little girl who was sexually abused by older cousins in a basement in exchange for candy. She later revealed that girl was her and that she hid her story for decades.

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KKRV-FM Purchases $10,000 in Holiday Gifts for Area Children

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

Alpha Media’s KKRV-FM Wenatchee, Wash. purchased $10,000 worth of holiday presents for children at the local Women’s Resource Center. The station received Christmas lists from 36 children and every item on the lists was received. Several local businesses assisted by purchasing items for every child’s stocking.

KING-TV Hosts “Pride & Peace” Community Forum

Date Posted: 6/20/2016

TEGNA’s ABC affiliate KING-TV Seattle held a special community forum on June 20 with local leaders and law enforcement. Participants discussed how to move forward as a community in the wake of the events in Orlando. Viewers watched "Pride and Peace" at 7 p.m. on air, online and on the KING 5 app.

KIRO Raises Funds for Diabetes Research

Date Posted: 5/12/2016

Cox Media Group’s KIRO-TV Seattle partnered with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Seattle Guild to raise funds and awareness in the pursuit of a cure for type 1 diabetes. The station was the official media partner for the 27th Annual Dream Gala, which brought together more than 900 community leaders and committed JDRF supporters to raise nearly $3 million. To date, the event has raised more than $68 million to fund research to prevent, treat and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes.

KING-TV Seattle Investigates Disability Services

Date Posted: 2/1/2016

Tegna’s NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle investigated wait times that developmentally disabled residents face when accessing services, including speech, occupational and physical therapy, adaptive equipment, transportation, medical supplies, training and counseling. The problem was first documented in 1950, Washington state created a wait list for people who met the criteria to be deemed eligible for assistance. At launch, 1,000 people were on the list. Today, there are nearly 15,000.

KIRO-FM Seattle Raises $512,000 for Foster Kids

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Bonneville International’s KIRO-FM Seattle raised $512,000 during its 27th annual "Holiday Magic Radiothon" on December 10. The money supports year-round programs at Treehouse, an organization focused on education for kids in foster care. It also provides each child in the program with a holiday gift.

KBKS-FM Seattle Telethon Collects $804,000 for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

iHeartMedia’s KBKS-FM Seattle raised $804,236 for Seattle Children’s Hospital on December 17. "The impact of ’Bender’s One Big KISS’ over the past 14 years has been so significant to Seattle Children’s for so many reasons," said Seattle Children’s Hospital Chair Michele Smith. "Bender and Molly in the Morning and the 106.1 KISS FM listeners have raised awareness of the hospital’s needs, given the patients a voice to share their incredible stories with the community, and is one of Seattle Children’s largest fundraisers. We have been so lucky to have this incredible partnership that has had such an impact on so many lives."

Seattle Anchor Delivers Food to Firefighters

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Cox Media Group’s CBS affiliate KIRO-TV Seattle anchor Jesse Jones delivered a truckload of groceries and supplies on Aug. 24 to a command center in Okanogan, WA, as firefighters battled the largest wildfire in state history. Jones realized that in addition to food, the volunteers needed gas cards for travel and to run generators. On Aug. 27, Jones collected gas cards for residents and volunteer firefighters, many of whom worked for 14 days straight. Jones also teamed with iHeartMedia’s KBKS-FM Tacoma personality Bender to raise more than $13,000 for firefighters and evacuees. This powerful video shows how the community benefited from Jones’ efforts.

Radio Helps a Colleague in Need

Date Posted: 8/3/2015

Morgan Murphy Media’s KZZU-FM Spokane Program Director and morning show host Ken Hopkins lost the use of his legs in a bike accident on July 13. Despite having no feeling below his chest, he plans to return to KZZU as soon as possible. Colleague Dave Sposito set up A GoFundMe site, which has raised $15,000 for his medical bills. Hopkins is an integral part of the KZZU family, having been with the station since before it flipped to KZZU in September 1984.

Oldest Active Broadcaster Celebrates 90th Birthday

Date Posted: 6/15/2015

Bob Massey, also known as “The Classy Bob Massey,” celebrated his 90th birthday on March 9. An announcer for KSQM-FM of Sequim, Washington, Massey is believed to be the oldest active on-air broadcaster in the country.

KAFE-FM Raises $32K for Kids in Foster Care

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Saga Communications’ KAFE-FM Bellingham, WA’s "Dave and Mandy in the Morning" show held a "Drive-By Giving" event on May 8 at local coffee shops to raise money for the Royal Family Kids Camps. KAFE-FM collected $31,755 during the event to support the camps in serving abused children that are now in foster care in Washington’s Whatcom and Skagit counties.

KLCK Station is 2015 Crystal Radio Award Finalist

Date Posted: 4/20/2015

Congratulations to Hubbard Radio LLC KLCK-FM Station in Bellevue, Wash. for becoming a 2015 Crystal Radio Award finalist.
"Click 98.9 welcomed a new morning show mid-year and their collective energy, passion and dedication to our community is unmistakable. Several of our on-air hosts are new to the Seattle area but became immersed and involved from the start, giving their personal time and making donations. This year, staff has given their time helping with events, finding those local organizations that resonate with them. Some examples are cancer prevention and treatment; animal rescue; shelters and adoption; youth programs; preparing and serving meals for the homeless; and participating in several run/walk events this year, some individually and some as a team. As a station, our commitment to serving and making a difference continues to be a priority. This year we supported over 30 charities."

Seattle Stations Replace Stolen Musical Instruments

Date Posted: 12/4/2014

Sinclair’s KPLZ-FM and KVI-AM Seattle collected $14,000 to help Northwest Christian School in Puyallup replace musical instruments and other equipment stolen during a burglary. The burglars took guitars, hand bells, trumpets, other instruments, a laptop computer and a TV.

Washington State Broadcasters Collect Supplies for Students

Date Posted: 9/8/2014

Idavend Broadcasting and Inland Northwest Broadcasting in Pullman, Wash., hosted the sixth annual "Stuff the Bus Drive" to collect K-12 school supplies for local students. The drive helped collect backpacks filled with school supplies for more than 650 area students.

KING-TV Exposes Nuclear Dump Leak Near Seattle

Date Posted: 9/8/2014

Gannett’s NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle received a Peabody Award for its investigative reporting that uncovered an underground tank leak at a nuclear dump located 200 miles from Seattle. KING-TV found the leak had run into one of the region’s main source of drinking water. KING-TV’s program, "Hanford’s Dirty Secrets," also found that the site’s contractor, the company responsible for the nuclear site’s maintenance, had received a large payment despite failing to address the leak for over a year.

KING-TV Hosts Prom for Oso Students Following Mudslides

Date Posted: 6/9/2014

Gannett Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle was active in supporting local relief efforts in the wake of the Oso mudslides. The station’s efforts took a non-traditional turn when KING-TV learned that the local high school in Oso was having difficulty raising enough money to host their annual high school prom. KING-TV responded by hosting the Darrington High School prom. The station procured tuxedos, dresses, catering, décor, entertainment, photography, flowers and more. KING-TV made a memorable evening for Oso students and their community, which has experienced great tragedy in recent months.

KING-TV Collects 4.5 Million Meals During a Recent Food Drive

Date Posted: 2/11/2014

Gannett-owned NBC affiliate KING-TV Seattle held the 13th annual Home Team Harvest food drive to collect meals for those in need in the Western Washington community. The 2013 drive collected a record 4.5 million meals, which have been donated to hundreds of food banks and meal programs in Washington state. "We are so appreciative of KING 5 viewers who donated to Home Team Harvest," said Shelly Rotondo, CEO of Northwest Harvest, a local food pantry. "The need for food is high, but so is the generosity of people here."

KIRO Radio Seattle Raises $489,000 for Local Foster Children

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Bonneville’s KIRO Radio Seattle partnered with Treehouse, an organization that helps kids in foster care, to host the 25th annual Holiday Magic Radiothon. The 12-hour event raised more than $489,000 through listener donations and sponsor matching funds. All the proceeds helped to purchase a gift for each child in the program, along with financial support for Treehouse’s other programs and services throughout the year.

Belo’s KING-TV Seattle Hosts Mayoral Debate

Date Posted: 11/22/2013

Belo Broadcasting-owned KING-TV Seattle broadcast a debate between candidates in Seattle’s mayoral race. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray discussed issues including complaints regarding Seattle’s police department, increasing the minimum wage and gun control. KING-TV news anchor Dennis Bounds moderated the debate, while a panel of reporters including KING-TV’s Linda Brill and Dave Ross of Bonneville International’s KIRO-FM Seattle also asked the candidates questions.

Seattle Station’s Craft Brew Raises Funds for

Date Posted: 7/8/2013

Entercom’s KISW-FM Seattle’s afternoon show, "The Men’s Room," partnered with Elysian Brewing to create a beer called Mens Room Original Red in 2009. Based on the beer’s success, KISW-FM and Elysian Brewing have donated $300,000 to Puget Sound Fisher House and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Fisher Houses. Fisher House programs honor and assist veterans and active military personnel.

KRWM-FM Gives Teddy Bears to Toddlers

Sandusky Radio’s KRWM-FM Seattle’s Teddy Bear Patrol maintains an ongoing partnership with Multimedia Seattle in supporting local youth survivors of domestic violence. “A Bear for Me?” provides Infant and Toddler Arrival Bags to young children entering Domestic Violence Shelters with their mothers. The bags contain necessary personal items for infants and toddlers such as diapers, baby wipes, a soft new baby blanket, a new pacifier and a new teddy bear. The items comfort children during a vulnerable and traumatizing period. For the last two decades, the Teddy Bear Patrol has provided quiet outreach to Seattle’s critical organizations, including Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, Multimedia Seattle’s Children’s “A Bear for Me?” program and regional police and fire departments.

Bonneville Seattle Raises Over $300K for Kids

Bonneville International Corp.’s KIRO-FM Seattle raised almost $320,000 during its 23rd annual foster child holiday magic radiothon. Listeners donated online and via phone during the 14-hour drive. Donations were used to purchase holiday gifts for 4,431 children in Washington.
"On behalf of everyone at Treehouse, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the producers, hosts, reporters and staff at KIRO-FM for another incredible year of Holiday Magic,” said Treehouse CEO Janis Avery. “Thanks to the generosity of KIRO listeners, many kids in foster care will find the gift they were dreaming of on their doorstep this holiday, sending a powerful message that there is an entire community out there that cares."
Treehouse strives to improve the lives of foster children by filling the gaps that other agencies don’t address: fees for extra-curricular programs and summer camp, educational support services, and clothing and other supplies children need for everyday life. Major contributors to the radiothon included GEICO, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners and Seattle Sounders FC.

KZZL-FM Broadcasts Live from Washington State University Career Expo

Inland Northwest Broadcasting’s KZZL-FM Pullman, Washington, recently donated two weeks of recorded public service announcements for the Washington State University Career, which were broadcast in a full commercial rotation. The expo provides regional students with exposure to potential career, internship, service and graduate school opportunities. KZZL-FM also broadcasted live from the event and hosted a recruiter booth where students interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting could learn more about the station. At this year’s event, 1,100 students met 96 different companies.

KIRO-TV Honors Eco-Friendly Scuba Diver

Cox Media’s KIRO-TV Seattle announced the winner of the station’s 2012 Cox Conserves Hero on July 26. Since its inception in 2007, The Cox Conserves Heroes program, through a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Cox Enterprises, the parent company of KIRO-TV, has honored everyday conservationists. This year, Laura James, an eco-friendly scuba diver who volunteers her time to removing batteries and other pollutants from the Puget Sound, received Western Washington’s 2012 award. The program also runs in Arizona, Atlanta, Orange County (Calif.), San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Virginia. More than $200,000 has been donated to local nonprofits through the Cox Conserves Heroes program.

Belo’s KING-TV Collects 3.4 Million Meals of Food in Seattle

Belo Corporation’s KING-TV Seattle’s "Home Team Harvest" food drive raised more than 3.4 million meals for local people in need. On December 1, KING-TV crews broadcast live from six area malls, collecting enough food to feed Washington’s population of hungry people for two months. Home Team Harvest has become the state’s single largest food drive of the year.

KRKO-AM Everett, Wash., Staff Create Awareness of DUI Dangers

Fox Sports Radio affiliate KRKO-AM Everett, Wash., held a two-hour drunk driving awareness program as part of the station’s Health Matters series. On-air talents Maury Eskenazi, Shannon O’Kelly and Stitch Mitchell interviewed several Everett officials including two members of law enforcement, a prosecuting attorney, a state liquor control board representative and a DUI victim. KRKO-AM staff members were given sobriety tests to demonstrate the effects alcohol has on perception and motor skills. Click here to listen to the broadcast.

KQMV-FM Organizes Mobile Mammogram Service

KQMV-FM in Bellevue, Wash., is a year-round supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Involved in several events to raise breast cancer awareness each year, the station is especially proud of organizing a mobile mammogram service to provide free screenings to underserved women. The mammogram vehicle, which tours for 10 days during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, covers the entire listening area, from Everett to Tacoma. Dates and locations for the mobile mammogram program are broadcast well in advance, and live broadcasts are aired from each of the mobile mammogram stops. Women are asked to visit the station Web site for more information and to make an appointment in advance. Every appointment available is usually booked, and often there is a waiting list.

KKMO-AM Helps Prepare Listeners for Earthquakes

With frequent earthquakes occurring in the Puget Sound area, KKMO-AM in Tacoma, Wash., a Spanish-language station, wanted to make sure people were prepared. The station partnered with the Red Cross to compile and distribute more than 300 earthquake survival kits to people in the Hispanic community. The Red Cross had some of the kit elements available, and the station worked with its contacts to secure the donation of the additional items needed. The kit included necessities for a family of four to get through several days in the event of a natural disaster. During the two-month campaign, the station aired broadcasts from several remotes related to the distribution of kits, as well as public service announcements and discussion segments about earthquake awareness and preparedness.

KIT-AM heads Campaign to Donate Pet Oxygen Masks to Area Fire Stations

Animal-loving morning show hosts Dave Ettl and Lance Tormey of KIT-AM in Yakima, Wash., started a campaign to get pet oxygen masks for every fire department in Yakima County. Pets, like people, can suffer from smoke inhalation, and in such cases, pet oxygen masks can be life-saving. Using on-air announcements featuring Yakima Pet Rescue, which Tormey founded, enough money was raised to place pet oxygen masks on fire trucks up and down the Yakima Valley. "It really works," said Ettl. "Just last week we had a news story about a dog that was saved by use of one of these masks, and we were all high-fiving in the studio because it was one of the masks that was purchased with money we raised." Tormey has been honored with a Red Cross Real Hero Award for his work on behalf of pets.

Station Group Provides Support for Area Alcoholics Anonymous

To make sure those struggling with alcohol addiction know where they can get help, KZTA-FM, KZML-FM, KMMG-FM, KZTB-FM and KDYM-AM in Yakima, Wash., made a group-wide commitment to support their local Alcoholics Anonymous group on the air. The stations produce a new public service announcement for the AA group on a monthly basis. Since the beginning of the on-air campaign in 2007, the group has grown from working out of the basement of a small house to a community center, where it holds sober events and other activities. "They’re so happy with the results they come by the station two or three times a month just say thanks and to let us know they got five new people the previous week because they heard about it on our stations," said General Manager Keith Teske.

KING-TV Provides Coverage Through Devastating Storm

When a devastating windstorm battered the state, KING-TV in Seattle, Wash., was able to stay on the air, providing up-to-the-minute weather information, safety tips and emergency contact information for all its viewers. The windstorm was the state’s worst in 13 years, affecting 19 counties and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to homes, parks, roads and businesses. Throughout the crisis, KING provided continuous coverage both on television and online. The station provided video of the damage and acted as an informational clearinghouse on where to seek relief, how to report damage and where to turn for aid. "When reporters and photographers are working in horrible winds with frigid temperatures, they know that what they’re doing is making a difference," said Pat Costello, vice president of news for KING.

KRKO-AM Assists Area Nonprofits

With the intention of building a stronger community, KRKO-AM in Everett, Wash., has developed the Northsound Fund to assist local nonprofit groups in a meaningful way. The annual grant provides $100,000 in airtime, divided equally among 10 local non-profit organizations. The airtime is focused "on the organization itself: What they do, why they do it and how they are involved in the community," said General Manager Andy Skotdal. "It’s not about a fundraising plea. Fundraising gets tuned out by the listeners after a while. Our goal is to focus on the great work of these organizations." In addition to the Northsound Fund, free airtime is given to charities to publicize specific events. At the end of 10 years, the Northsound Fund will have dedicated $1 million in airtime to area non-profit groups.

Radio Helps a Colleague in Need

Morgan Murphy Media’s KZZU-FM Spokane Program Director and morning show host Ken Hopkins lost the use of his legs in a bike accident on July 13. Despite having no feeling below his chest, he plans to return to KZZU as soon as possible. Colleague Dave Sposito set up A GoFundMe site, which has raised $15,000 for his medical bills. Hopkins is an integral part of the KZZU family, having been with the station since before it flipped to KZZU in September 1984.

KOMO-TV Organizes Supply Drive After Devastating Flood

When flooding devastated a large area in the southwest portion of the state in December 2007, KOMO-TV in Seattle, Wash., quickly organized an emergency drive. The one-day event, for which the station partnered with the Salvation Army, lasted 17 hours and brought in $180,000 in relief supplies and monetary support. During the drive, the station broadcast live from the collection site. All of its news anchors were there, unloading cars that pulled up with donations. One woman drove up with animal feed and new blankets. She said her husband had died earlier that year, and she could think of no better way to spend the money that would have purchased his birthday and Christmas present than to help those now in need. It is a moment that has stayed in the minds and hearts of KOMO staff. A week after the emergency drive, the station broadcast a 30-minute news special about the flooding. At the end of the program, KOMO shared with its viewers that there was still a great need for donations and directed them on how to give. The news special raised an additional $46,000.

Fisher Communications Develops Multipronged Approach to Raise Japan Relief Funds

Fisher Communications Inc., in partnership with the Red Cross, launched a fundraising campaign to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan via Fisher’s television, radio and online media properties across six markets and all of the company’s online and mobile platforms. To date, the company has collected more than $550,000 in funds that will support the Red Cross’ relief work and other disaster management experts to continue to deliver food, shelter and emotional support to those in need in Japan. Randy Hutson, CEO of Seattle Red Cross said, "The fundraising effort launched between the Red Cross and Fisher Communications is one of the most successful I’ve seen during my time with the Red Cross. The idea was created and launched within days of the disaster and the amazing work of both Fisher’s staff and Red Cross volunteers made it happen! The multi-faceted nature of the campaign enabled us to reach people not only through television, but radio and the Internet, providing a lot of flexibility for the general public."

Bonneville Seattle Raises Over $300K for Kids

Bonneville International Corp.’s KIRO-FM Seattle raised almost $320,000 during its 23rd annual foster child holiday magic radiothon. Listeners donated online and via phone during the 14-hour drive. Donations were used to purchase holiday gifts for 4,431 children in Washington.
"On behalf of everyone at Treehouse, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the producers, hosts, reporters and staff at KIRO-FM for another incredible year of Holiday Magic,” said Treehouse CEO Janis Avery. “Thanks to the generosity of KIRO listeners, many kids in foster care will find the gift they were dreaming of on their doorstep this holiday, sending a powerful message that there is an entire community out there that cares."
Treehouse strives to improve the lives of foster children by filling the gaps that other agencies don’t address: fees for extra-curricular programs and summer camp, educational support services, and clothing and other supplies children need for everyday life. Major contributors to the radiothon included GEICO, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners and Seattle Sounders FC.

KIRO-AM Raises Funds for Fallen Officer’s Family

In the wake of a tragic shooting that took the life of police officer Timothy Brenton, talk show duo Ron Upshaw and Don O’Neill of KIRO-FM in Seattle, Wash., planned “Arms Around Our Officers,” a community event to raise funds for the fallen officer’s family and honor the sacrifices police make to protect their community. During the four-hour live broadcast from the base of the Space Needle, cards and messages from school children and neighbors poured in along with donations of more than $19,000 for the Brenton Family Assistance Fund. Upshaw and O’Neill were awarded the Citizen Appreciation Award by the Seattle Police Officers Guild for their support following Brenton’s death and for their extensive on-air coverage of the story, which helped locate the officer’s alleged killer. Later in the year, when another tragedy struck and four police officers lost their lives in the line of duty, the station planed a second “Arms Around Our Officers” event, which raised more than $48,000 for the families.

KOMO-TV Fulfills Termianlly Ill Boy’s Final Wish

Rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from helping fulfill a dying boy’s wish that the hungry be fed. Donations poured in at the “Stuff the Truck Thursday” food drive, which KOMO-TV in Seattle, Wash., dedicated to Brenden Foster, an 11-year-old with leukemia whose last wish was that people in need be helped. His words caught the heart of viewers near and far, bringing lines of cars to the event. More than six semi-trucks were filled with food and nearly $90,000 was collected for Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline. Foster saw television coverage of the amazing turnout his wish inspired just before he passed. “The remarkable thing about the event was that so many people turned out to donate, even people who don’t have much themselves. They wanted to support Brenden’s dream," said Holly Gauntt, KOMO news director.

KREM-TV Provides Full Election Coverage

Providing up-to-the-minute election results on the hotly contested race for governor, among other notable federal and local races, KREM-TV in Spokane, Wash., was among one of the 15 news-producing Belo stations that extensively covered the election, hosted debates and provided free air time to candidates. In total, Belo stations averaged 115 election stories per week and dedicated over 210 hours of news time to election coverage. Additionally, stations donated over 14 hours of airtime to 140 candidates campaigning for various political offices.