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KVLY Collects Miles for Make-A-Wish

Date Posted: 3/1/2018

Gray’s NBC affiliate KVLY-TV Fargo, N.D., asked viewers to donate airline miles to Make-A-Wish during a drive held March 1. The event collected 545,000 miles that will allow wishes to come through for kids with critical illnesses. In the week leading up to the drive, KVLY featured news stories about kids who were positively impacted by Make-A-Wish. The station utilized all platforms during the March 1 drive, including live shots and mentions in every newscast.

“What our team did today is the very essence of what a local broadcaster does, bringing the community together to help the less fortunate,” said General Manager Jim Wareham.

WEEK-TV Raises $10 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 9/28/2017

Quincy Media’s NBC affiliate WEEK-TV Peoria, Ill. raised $10 million in its annual telethon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, held August 5. The station has raised more than $118 million in 40 years.

WDVE-FM Raises $814,000 for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 9/28/2017

iHeartMedia’s WDVE-FM Pittsburgh raised over $814,000 during the 10th annual “DVE Rocks for Children’s Radiothon,” which broadcast live September 28 - 29. In 10 years, the radiothon has raised nearly $5 million to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, which is the leading provider of pediatric care in the community. On-air personalities shared stories from patients, families, and staff.

Entravision Raises $3.2 Million for CMN

Date Posted: 8/17/2017

Entravision raised a record $3.2 million for the Children’s Miracle Network in their 10th annual network-wide radiothon, “Un Million Para Los Niños” (One Million for the Children), held August 17. “Entravision continuously looks for ways to support and give back to our local communities and we are grateful for this partnership and pleased to have surpassed last year’s donation, in turn, benefiting even more families,” said Entravision President and COO Jeffery Liberman.

WTMX-FM’s Eric and Kathy Raise $1 Million for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 8/14/2017

Hubbard’s WTMX-FM Chicago raised $1 million for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago during its 18th annual fundraising event, held during the week of August 14. WTMX wrapped up the five-day fundraiser with a live broadcast and check presentation at Lurie Children’s.

iHeartMedia New York Stations Raise Money for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 5/4/2017

iHeartMedia’s WGY-AM and WRVE-FM Latham, N.Y., held the “19th Annual Cares for Kids Radiothon” May 4-5. The five-hour live radio broadcast raised a total of $265,000 for sick and injured children at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at the Albany Medical Center. “I’m proud of News Radio 810 & 103.1 WGY and 99.5 The River for joining our listeners to help local children and families seeking treatment at the hospital, which is an invaluable resource for the community,” said iHeartMedia Albany President Kristen Delaney.

Cox Media Group Texas Recognized for Outstanding Public Service

Date Posted: 5/3/2017

The Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) is awarding Cox Media Group with the Bonner McLane Public Service Award for Outstanding Public Service in the Large Market Radio Category. The station cluster (KGLK-FM, KHPT-FM, KKBQ-FM, and KTHT-FM) is being recognized for its 2016 “Care for Kids Radiothon”. The two-day event helped raise $655,329 to benefit the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. “I don’t know of another industry that consistently does more for their communities than local broadcasters,” said Cox Media Group Houston Vice President and Market Manager Mark Krieschen.

KHKS Helps Host Prom for Area Students

Date Posted: 5/3/2017

After six tornadoes hit the town of Canton, Texas, the students of Edgewood High School were left without a prom venue. Once a replacement was secured, iHeartMedia’s KHKS-FM Dallas-Ft. Worth assisted with transportation and supplied a photo booth. Big Al and Jenna from “The Kidd and Kraddick Morning Show” emceed the event.

WXIX Raises $490,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Date Posted: 5/3/2017

Raycom Media’s Fox affiliate WXIX-TV Cincinnati held a day-long “Dream Home Sell-A-Thon” that raised a total of $490,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event aired at 5 a.m. and continued through the station’s 10 p.m. newscast. Proceeds from the Sell-a-Thon went to fund childhood cancer research and treatment efforts.

Univision Helps Raise $4.2 Million for Children Battling Cancer

Date Posted: 4/6/2017

Univision joined St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to host the annual “Promesa y Esperanza” (Promise and Hope) radio event April 6-7 that raised $4.2 million. Coverage of the initiative extended across several Univision platforms to reach Hispanic consumers from coast to coast via its radio network, television affiliates, network programs, websites and social media. St. Jude content included more than 30 hours of radio programming and featured several patient family stories.

WIIL-FM Raises Funds to Fight Cancer

Date Posted: 3/4/2017

Alpha Media’s WIIL-FM Waukegan-Kenosha, Wis., raised $127,385 in an event benefitting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on March 4. The volunteer-powered organization is one of the nation’s top providers of childhood cancer research grants. Tom Kief, co-host of WIIL’s “The Tom and Emily Morning Show,” personally raised nearly $34,000. “95 WIIL ROCK is proud to continue the St. Baldrick’s partnership, and I’m personally proud of Tom for his commitment to making a great event,” said Alpha Media Waukegan-Kenosha Market Manager Karl Wertzler.

KUPL-FM Raises $187,560 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Date Posted: 12/8/2016

Alpha Media’s KUPL-FM Portland held its third annual “St. Jude Children’s Hospital Radiothon” December 8-9. The station raised a total of $187,560. “This was a total team effort, and the money raised will go directly to stomping out cancer. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one is worth about $187,560. Thank you Team Alpha!” said KUPL-FM Program Director MoJoe Roberts.

WOAI-AM Raises $243,000

Date Posted: 12/1/2016

iHeartMedia’s WOAI-AM San Antonio hosted a radiothon and silent auction that raised a record-breaking $243,034 in two days to benefit The Elf Louise Christmas Project, a local non-profit organization that purchases and delivers toys during the holiday season for the region’s less fortunate children. Louise Locker, the woman behind the Elf Louise Christmas Project, is in her 48th year of delivering toys and other gifts to needy children in the San Antonio area.

Radio Positively Impacts Young Boy

Date Posted: 11/22/2016

iHeartMedia’s KFI-AM Los Angeles radio talk show host Tim Conway Junior touched the life of 11-year-old caller Jack Chavez. Jack, who lost his father three years ago, called the show because his dad listened when he went in for dialysis. When Jack mentioned spending his birthday with his mom in the hospital because of his congenital heart disease, Conway set up a GoFundMe page to send him to Disney World for his birthday. Within a week, they raised more than $34,000. Besides the birthday of a lifetime, the money will help pay off bills and help Jack go to college, which is something his father always wanted for him.

WNKS Raises Money for Area Children

Date Posted: 11/22/2016

Beasley Broadcast Group’s WNKS-FM Charlotte hosted its fifth annual Secret Santa for the “KISS Kids Radiothon” on November 22. “Working all day to raise money for kids who are hospitalized at the holidays is nothing compared to what these children are going through, all the time,” said a WNKS morning show host. The station’s “KISS Kids” initiative raised over $42,000 last year.

WLOX-TV Participates in Area Career Fair

Date Posted: 11/16/2016

Raycom Media’s ABC affiliate WLOX-TV Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss. participated in the “Pathways 2 Possibilities” event, November 16-17. The two-day career fair exposed eighth graders and at-risk youth to a variety of career paths. WLOX brought cameras and recording equipment for participants to experience hands-on what it’s like to work at a broadcast station. In total, 7,098 students attended the event.

WBAL Collects 816 Coats for Kids

Date Posted: 11/15/2016

Hearst’s WBAL-AM Baltimore collected 816 coats for local kids during the “Warm Coats & Warm Hearts Coat Drive,” held in partnership with Burlington Coat Factory on November 15. "If I don’t have a coat, I’m going to be very cold, and if I do, I’m going to be very happy, because I won’t be cold and I’ll stay warm for the whole winter," said nine-year-old Tristan Jenkins.

WBAL Reporter Interviews Students About ‘Every Kid Votes’

Date Posted: 11/8/2016

Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate WBAL-TV Baltimore’s Education Reporter Tim Tooten interviewed area students about their participation in the “Every Kid Votes” initiative. “Every Kid Votes” encourages political discourse in public elementary schools, culminating in students making a selection for president. Watch the video here and examine the nationwide results.

WBQB-FM Raises $118,000 for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 11/3/2016

Centennial Broadcasting’s WBQB-FM Fredericksburg, Va. raised $118,000 to benefit Children’s National Health System in a telethon held November 3 - 4. “On behalf of Children’s National Health System, we are grateful to B101.5 for leading the Care-athon and inspiring their listeners and local community to generously support children and families in Fredericksburg and across the Washington, D.C., region,” said Children’s Hospital Foundation Associate Director of Corporate Sponsorships Erin Stoker. “Because of these critical donations, we are able to develop therapies, improve treatments, find cures, and care for every child in need, regardless of their ability to pay.”

KPLM Provides Bikes for 400 Kids

Date Posted: 11/1/2016

RM Broadcasting’s KPLM-FM Palm Springs, Calif. raised more than $77,000 during its two-day Radiothon on November 1-2. .for Coachella Valley fourth-graders. The money will purchase 400 bicycles, which will be distributed to local students on December 11 along with 400 helmets purchased by Walter Clark Legal Group. Local schools nominated students to receive a bike based on the student’s needs, efforts, sportsmanship, and respect for self, family, teachers and community.

WTNH-TV Investigates Faulty School Buses

Date Posted: 10/6/2016

Media General’s ABC affiliate WTNH-TV Hartford obtained bus inspection records from the local school district before they were made available to the public. The investigative team discovered that since September 2015, 244 buses were deemed unfit for service. According to the inspections, brakes were a factor in nearly a quarter of the violations issued. In total, inspectors found more than 380 violations. Investigators spoke with Rainbow Bus Lines President Sterling Viets who said that last year’s poor record has already been addressed. The company fired a maintenance manager.

WTMX-FM’s Eric & Kathy Raise Almost $1 Million

Date Posted: 10/3/2016

Hubbard’s WTMX-FM Chicago raised $986,673 in the 17th annual “Eric and Kathy Radiothon” for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, held September 12 - 16. The “Eric & Kathy Morning Show” broadcast live from Lurie Children’s on September 16. The event has raised over $25 million in total.

WDVE Collects $605,000 for Children’s Hospital Of Pittsburgh

Date Posted: 10/3/2016

iHeartMedia’s WDVE-FM Pittsburgh raised $605,000 in the annual radiothon for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. On-air personalities Randy Baumann, Bill Crawford, Val Porter, Mike Prisuta, Michele Michaels and Sean McDowell broadcast live from September 15- 17. “We want to thank WDVE and its listeners for their tremendous support,” said Greg Barrett, President, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. In its nine year-history, the event has brought in more than $4 million.

‘Help Me Hank’ Revamps Schools

Date Posted: 9/26/2016

Graham Media’s NBC WDIV Detroit recently adopted Thurgood Marshall Elementary and Middle School for a ten-month makeover. WDIV’s Consumer Unit, Help Me Hank, developed “Help Me Hank: The School Project” to clean, paint and fix up the schools. The cafeteria and front office have already been fixed. “As a reporter in Detroit for the last 16 years, I’ve seen school children and teachers trying to learn and teach in appalling conditions and it is unacceptable,” said Consumer Reporter Hank Winchester.

KSAS Produces ‘Girls on the Run’ PSA

Date Posted: 9/26/2016

Sinclair’s Fox affiliate KSAS-TV Wichita produced a new PSA for the local Chapter of Girls on the Run. The program uses interactive lessons and running games to teach girls to be healthy and confident, while they learn life skills, understanding and teamwork. It also show girls that they can achieve difficult goals.

WTOC Raises $218,000 for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 9/26/2016

Raycom’s CBS affiliate WTOC-TV Savannah raised $218,000 on September 9 in its annual “Day of Giving,” held in partnership with iHeartMedia’s WYKZ-FM and WTKS-FM. The money will help fund equipment and programs at the Children’s Miracle Network’s Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah.

WFAA Collects 2,000 Books

Date Posted: 9/2/2016

TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WFAA Dallas hosted “Shelly’s Summer Bookworms” from August 19 – September 2, during which they collected and donated over 2,000 books to Children’s Health hospitals. Every Tuesday during the campaign, reporter Shelly Slater focused on reading, shared tips on how to make reading cool for kids and featured adults who are inspiring change within literacy programs.

Connecticut Stations Raise 145K For Sick Kids

Date Posted: 8/25/2016

Connoisseur Media’s WDRC-FM Hartford, Conn. and the Talk of Connecticut (WDRC-AM, WMMW-AM, WCCO-AM and WSNG-AM raised a record $145,000 on August 25 for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Shows featured interviews with patients, families, doctors and Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Connoisseur Media Connecticut General Manager Kristin Okesson said, “The Radiothon is a day that really puts things in perspective. I am so proud of the Connoisseur team for breaking the previous one day total. To raise 145,000 dollars for the only freestanding children’s hospital in Connecticut is truly an honor, and the generosity of our listeners continues to impress and delight me.”

KFVS Stuffs the Bus for 26 School Districts

Date Posted: 8/25/2016

On Saturday, August 6th, KFVS12 along with Wither’s Radio and the United Way, helped “stuff buses” with donated school supplies. Students from 26 school districts benefited from items collected at 13 Wal-Mart locations in Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. KFVS12 and the radio stations of Wither’s promoted the event in the weeks prior. On the day of the campaign, KFVS12 staff volunteered to help with the collection, and radio stations had live remotes throughout the day. This was the third anniversary of the KFVS12 Stuff-The-Bus event. Here is the follow-up promo.

The annual KFVS12 Summer Blood Drive kicked off August 18 with a private drive in the KFVS12 studio to promote the following two public days, August 19, and 20 at seven locations throughout the viewing area. Overall, 739 viewers donated, resulting in 688 productive units of blood. The Red Cross goal for the drive was 634. According to the Red Cross, this is one of the most successful, and critical blood drives throughout their mid-west territory. View KFVS’ “Thank You” promo.

KETV’s Backpack Program Helps Record Number of Local Children

Date Posted: 8/25/2016

Hearst Television’s KETV, the ABC affiliate in Omaha, partnered with the Salvation Army for the 19th 7 Can Help Kids Back to School Backpack Program. This year they distributed 15,640 backpacks filled with school supplies to help a record number of local children this year. For the past several years the Backpack program has helped around 13,000 local children each year. More than 185,000 backpacks have been distributed since this program started in 1998. View stories here and here.

KJTV Raises $238,000 in Texas Boys Telethon

Date Posted: 8/20/2016

Ramar Communications’ Fox affiliate KJTV Lubbock, Tx. raises $238,000 in the Texas Boys Ranch telethon on August 20. The telethon included music from West Texas artists and auctions for donated items, including a Kliff Kingsbury-autographed Texas Tech helmet and football, and an LCU basketball signed by the 2016 national championship team.

Alpha Media, Canton Helps Raise $158,673 with Wish-A-Thon

Date Posted: 8/11/2016

Alpha Media, Canton announced that WHBC-FM and WHBC-AM joined forces with AultCare to help raise $158,673 during the 9th Annual AultCare Wish-A-Thon, held August 11-12. A storm ripped leveled the Wish-A-Thon tent in the 10th hour of the 36-hour broadcast, but the event continued in the WHBC studios. “While the storm took out some of our technical abilities it never dampened the spirit of the event or the resolve of our staff,” said Alpha Media Market Manager Larry Gawthrop. “What we were able to accomplish was a great example of teamwork at its best.” All donations will go to Wishes Can Happen Inc., a local charity that supports children with life threatening illnesses.

KLUV-FM Wins Award for $1 Million Fundraiser

Date Posted: 8/5/2016

CBS Radio’s KLUV-FM Dallas received the Bonner McLane Public Service Award from the Texas Association of Broadcasters in August. The honor recognized KLUV for raising more than $1 million in “Christmas is for Children” Radiothon last December. The radiothon supports Children’s Health, the nation’s seventh largest pediatric children’s hospital system.

Univision Houston Encourages Summer Reading

Date Posted: 7/14/2016

Univision Houston partnered with the Houston Public Library to promote the 2016 Summer Reading Program “Aim for the Stars.” The Summer Reading Program encourages kids and teens to read during the summer months to elevate their reading skills in preparation for the next school year. Univision Houston also promoted the Company’s “Pequeños y Valiosos” campaign, a cross-platform campaign encouraging Hispanic parents to engage in specific actions that will boost early cognitive and social-emotional development among young children ages 0-5.

WBRZ “Stuffs the Bus” With $40,000 in School Supplies

Date Posted: 7/13/2016

Manship Station’s ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge filled four buses with $40,000 worth of school supplies in its ninth annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign, held July 13.During distribution, parents and youth received information regarding school assignments, health, nutrition, safety, school lunch programs and after school programs.

HNN Raises Funds and Awareness for March of Dimes

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Raycom Media’s HNN Honolulu was honored with a March of Dimes Hawaii Golden K. Award for its support of the “March for Babies” campaign, broadcast through March and April. During the campaign, HNN produced and aired PSAs for the walks at various dates and locations on each island. The station also produced a series of four vignettes featuring premature babies who were helped by the March of Dimes organization. The organization has raised $760,000 in 2016 alone.

WMAR Partners With Local Contractors to Renovate Children’s Home

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Scripps’ ABC affiliate WMAR Baltimore partnered with local businesses and contractors to renovate the local Children’s Home in Catonsville, MD. The Children’s Home is a non-profit Baltimore area foster home for children ages 13-21 who experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment. The Children’s Home underwent a physical makeover thanks to the program “Built Upon A Dream,” and volunteers from the Maryland community. The Children’s Home has received just under $500,000 in goods, services, and donations through “Built Upon A Dream” which airs on WMAR, the Baltimore affiliate of The E.W. Scripps Company. Based on ABC Network’s popular, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Built Upon a Dream” offers local non-profit organizations a chance to greatly improve their facilities. The program hopes to capture some of the spirit and good work of ABC’s Extreme Makeover program and complete renovation projects for organizations in need in the Maryland region.

On July 28 sponsors and volunteers from the “Built Upon a Dream” team joined The Children’s Home residents as they unveiled their new facility. The renovations will enable The Children’s Home to better serve the children, families, and local community. An hour-long TV special telling the story of The Children’s Home Dream Build aired on WMAR August 4.

KNBR-AM Helps Improve Area Youth Sports Fields

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

Cumulus Media’s KNBR San Francisco partnered with City National Bank to host “Dinner with a Legend,” a dinner reception with Bay Area sports legends and proceeds benefiting TLC for Kids Sports. TLC is a community outreach program aimed at improving youth sports fields throughout the greater Bay Area so that every child can play on a safe and handicap-accessible field. KNBR hosts three of these events per year. Past legends include Will Clark, Mike Krukow & Duane Kuiper, Jerry West, and Ronnie Lott.

Local Radio Raises $260,000 to Fight Childhood Cancer

Date Posted: 7/7/2016

The Cromwell Group’s WMCI-FM, WCBH-FM and WWGO-FM Mattoon, Ill. raised $260,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The stations raised $135,000 in a walk from Mattoon to Peoria and $125,000 in a radiothon. “Our WMCI-FM, WCBH-FM, and WWGO-FM make a difference every day as do broadcasters across the country,” said Cromwell Group President Bud Walters. “We can all be proud.” Watch video.

WVUE Raises $1.2 Million in St. Jude’s Home Giveaway

Date Posted: 6/29/2016

Raycom’s Fox affiliate WVUE New Orleans raised $1.2 million in ticket sales for its St. Jude Dream Home giveaway. The campaign launched in March with a phone bank held during the morning newscast. WVUE continued to air regular news stories about St. Jude Hospital, along with PSAs they produced to encourage ticket sales through June. On June 29, WVUE held a drawing to pick the winner and hosted a telethon. WVUE has been named the St. Jude Television Station of the Year.

“Alex Scott Telethon” Raises Nearly $5 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

Date Posted: 6/9/2016

CBS-owned KYW-TV, CBS’ CW affiliate WPSG-TV and CBS Radio Philadelphia raised a record $4.9 million in the 10th annual “Alex Scott Telethon” on June 9. The telethon supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which emerged from four-year-old cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott’s lemonade stand. The CBS event kicked off Lemonade Days 2016, June 10-12, when thousands of volunteers across the country host lemonade stands to raise money. KYW Reporter Vittoria Woodill hosted a lemonade stand in Ocean City, N.J. The Phillie Phanatic, the 76ers Dance Team and Swoop from the Eagles joined personalities from KYW-TV and CBS Radio’s WOGL-FM, WHPT-AM, KYW-AM and WIP-FM. The event has raised more than $17 million in 10 years.

WTVF Raises $2.7 Million for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 6/5/2016

Scripps’ CBS affiliate WTVF Nashville raised a record $2.7 million on June 5 in its Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Telethon. Funds support research, equipment and patient programs at Vanderbilt’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. WTVF features interviews with patients, families, faculty and staff.

WHAS-TV Louisville Telethon Raised $5.5 million

Date Posted: 6/4/2016

TEGNA’s ABC affiliate WHAS-TV Louisville raised $5.5 million in its 63rd Crusade for Children, held June 4-5. All donations fund grants for agencies, schools and hospitals that improve the lives of children with special needs. Since 1953, the event has raised more than $165 million.

WYOU Raises $2.66 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Date Posted: 6/3/2016

Mission Broadcasting’s CBS affiliate WYOU Scranton, Pa. raised $2.66 million for Children’s Miracle network in its 33rd annual telethon, June 3-4. The money pays for hospital infrastructure and equipment, including ventilators for premature babies, car seats, reading programs and camps for children. WYOU aired stories from patients, including four-year-old Carter who has undergone three open heart surgeries. The telethon also included a craft fair, children’s activities and the Motorcycle Miracle Tour.

WKTV Raises $502,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Heartland Media’s NBC affiliate WKTV Utica, N.Y. raised $502,000 in the 25th annual telethon on June 1 for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. The money funds programs and equipment for Maternal Child Services, including a portable neonatal heart monitor to ensure regulatory compliance. It also supports the area’s only Level II Special Care Nursery, which neonatologists staff around the clock.

KFSN-TV Warns Viewers of Kids’ Stolen Identities

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

ABC-owned KFSN-TV Fresno, Calif. aired “Safe From Scams: Protecting kids from identity theft.” The piece highlights a case of an eight-year-old girl whose social security number was stolen, but her parents did not realize it until she turned 18. By then, she was $15,000 in debt and could not qualify for student loans. It took the family a year to clear her credit.

WXIX-TV Partners with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Date Posted: 6/1/2016

Raycom Media’s Fox affiliate WXIX-TV Cincinnati partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for its "Dream home Giveaway" campaign. Over a two-month period, WXIX-TV anchors and reporters fronted live cut-ins from the Dream Home, hosted a day-long telethon to drive ticket sales, and produced a series of special reports focusing on families’ personal stories and how St. Jude’s supports the entire family, not just the patient, as they battle childhood cancer. Over $801,315 was raised.

KKJO-FM Helps Kids with Cancer Attend Camp

Date Posted: 5/27/2016

Eagle Communication’s KKJO-FM St. Joseph, Mo. raised more than $12,000 in the 11th annual Radio-A-Thon to benefit Camp Quality, held May 27. Camp Quality offers a week-long summer camp for kids with cancer, plus year-round support for their families. It costs approximately $1,300 for each kid to attend, so KKJO’s fundraiser positively impacts many local families. In 11 years, KKJO has raised over $210,000 for Camp Quality.

WMC Raises Funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Date Posted: 5/19/2016

Raycom Media’s WMC-TV Memphis held its eighth annual “St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway” to support the hospital’s pediatric cancer research and treatment efforts. The station sold all of its giveaway tickets and raised $1.3 million for St. Jude.

WNGY Anchor Acknowledged by White House

Date Posted: 5/12/2016

Alpha Media’s WNGY Peoria’s Lucky The DJ ran 102 miles in 102 hours to generate awareness for child abuse. On the fourth day of his run, the station received an email from the White House thanking them for their efforts. On the last day of the race, listeners were encouraged to bring a donation to the “Paint Peoria Blue” party. With any donation of a basic-needs supply, the listener was given a free Chik-fil-A chicken sandwich meal. All donations benefitted local crisis nursery centers. In the end, over $1,200 worth of items such as diapers, wipes, formula, clothes and supplies. The drive assisted over 100 families.

WBAB and WBLI Work with Ronald McDonald House

Date Posted: 5/11/2016

Cox Media’s WBAB-FM and WBLI-FM Long Island staff visited the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park, N.Y. to tour the facility and learn about their mission and fundraising initiatives. As a result, WBAB and WBLI are working with the Ronald McDonald House on several events, including the "Walk of Love" and their annual Gala. Ronald McDonald House will be the beneficiary of WBAB and WBLI’s Touch-A-Truck event, where listeners will be encouraged to donate non-perishable food and household goods.

WWBT-TV Helps Send Children to Camp

Date Posted: 5/7/2016

Raycom Media’s NBC affiliate WWBT-TV joined Radio One to promote Miss. Community Clovia’s 9th Annual "Send a Kid to Camp Radiothon." In one day, the station helped raise more than $20,000 to help at risk youth ofcCentral Virginia attend summer camp.

Radio Raises $280,000 for Children’s Hospitals

Date Posted: 5/6/2016

iHeartMedia’s WGY-AM/FM and WRVE-FM Albany, N.Y. raised $280,000 for the Bernard & Millie Duke Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center in the 18th annual “Cares for Kids Radiothon,” May 5 – 6.

WLBT Raises $900,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 5/4/2016

Raycom’s NBC affiliate WLBT-TV Jackson, Miss. raised $900,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the "St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway" program on April 17. Viewers were able to purchase a ticket for a chance to win the home amongst other prizes including a dream home valued at $500,000, a car, shopping spree, and gift cards. For the first time, tickets sold out before the broadcast.

WTVJ Partners With YMCA to Prevent Drowning

Date Posted: 4/28/2016

NBC-owned WTVJ-TV Miami partnered with the YMCA of South Florida on a week-long “Swim Week” series, which aired April 18–22. The series addressed the high rate of drowning for children younger than 14. “We hope that our viewers benefit from the information our series will provide so in the end, no one has to suffer from more drowning tragedies,” said General Manager Larry Olevitch. The series highlights stories of families affected by drowning and YMCA resources available to viewers. The YMCA’s mobile aquatic team travels to local communities throughout the summer to offer free swim lessons.

KNXV-TV Raised $540,000 for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 4/21/2016

Scripps’ ABC affiliate KNXV-TV Phoenix raised $540,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, in a telethon held April 12. All donations from the telethon go directly to patient care. As Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, Phoenix Children’s will treat one in four Arizona children within a five year period.

Townsquare Media Raises $1.4 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/14/2016

Townsquare Media, Inc. raised $1.4 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the group’s third national Country Cares radiothon, March 3-4. Townsquare stations in 16 markets, including Albany, NY; Owensboro, Kentucky; Lafayette, Louisiana; and Tyler, Texas, participated to help St. Jude continue their life saving treatments. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

WKKT-FM Raises $20,000 For St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/14/2016

iHeartMedia’s WKKT-FM Charlotte raised more than $20,000 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during its “Kat Country Jam” concert on April 13. Country artists Kip Moore, Dan + Shay, Brandy Clark, and High Valley performed live to raise awareness and funds for the hospital. “The night was an outstanding social and music event for our listeners and it made a significant contribution to the good work of St. Jude. That’s a heck of a night!” said morning show host Paul Schadt.

WMC Teaches Area Students About Meteorology

Date Posted: 4/14/2016

Raycom Media’s WMC-TV Memphis partnered with the Memphis Redbirds for “First Alert Weather Fest” on April 14. More than 3,000 area students learned about weather and meteorology before attending a free baseball game.

Univision’s “Pequeños y Valiosos” (Young and Valuable) Education Campaign Enters Third Year

Date Posted: 4/12/2016

Univision’s Pequeños y Valiosos (Young and Valuable) encourages Hispanic parents to engage in specific actions that boost early cognitive and social-emotional development among young children ages 0-5. A new “Padres de Univision” (Univision Parents) public community group on Facebook encourages parents to share their experiences with each other. A new early childhood section on Univision Contigo’s “Clave Al Exito” online parent portal and a text message service are free tools that provide information, tips and videos to help parents and caregivers.

WNGY-FM Host Ran 102 Miles to Protect Kids

Date Posted: 4/11/2016

Alpha Media’s WNGY-FM Peoria, Ill. host Chris Stewart ran 102 miles in 102 hours to create awareness for child abuse. The run took place April 25 - 29. WNGY-FM staff distributed stickers with the child abuse blue ribbon along the course. "An event like this could only happen in such a strong community like the one we have here in Peoria," Stewart said. "We are excited to get out on the streets and spread the message that it shouldn’t hurt to be a child."

Eagle Radio Raises $42,000 for “Kans 4 Kids”

Date Posted: 4/10/2016

Eagle Radio’s KHOK-FM Great Bend, KS raised $42,000 in its sixth annual "Kans 4 Kids Fighting Cancer Radiothon" on April 1. Kans 4 Kids started when a couple of children collected cans to raise money for their baby cousin who was battling cancer and continues to raise money for local families. The KHOK team spent hundreds of hours interviewing families and Kans 4 Kids ambassadors.

Univision Houston Celebrates Area Children

Date Posted: 4/7/2016

Univision Houston participated in the 28th Annual McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival. As one of Houston’s signature events to educate the public about child abuse and the mission of child advocates, the festival welcomed over 50,000 people. Univision Houston engaged with families about Univision Contigo campaigns “Vota por Tu America” and “Pequeños y Valiosos” to empower families in the community.

Townsquare Media Raises $1.4 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/6/2016

Townsquare Media, Inc. raised $1.4 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the group’s third national Country Cares radiothon, March 3-4. Townsquare stations in 16 markets, including Albany, NY; Owensboro, Kentucky; Lafayette, Louisiana; and Tyler, Texas, participated to help St. Jude continue their life saving treatments. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

Townsquare Media Raises $1.4 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/5/2016

Townsquare Media, Inc. raised $1.4 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the group’s third national Country Cares radiothon, March 3-4. Townsquare stations in 16 markets, including Albany, NY; Owensboro, Kentucky; Lafayette, Louisiana; and Tyler, Texas, participated to help St. Jude continue their life saving treatments. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

Radio Has Raised $600 Million for St. Jude in 25 years

Date Posted: 4/5/2016

Radio World recently highlighted radio’s 25-year partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is one of America’s most successful fundraising programs. More than 300 stations have raised over $600 million for the hospital’s lifesaving work in childhood cancer. iHeartMedia has generated more than $80 million in ten years, with $8.8 million coming from radiothons held at 56 stations in 2015.

CBS Dallas Raises $265,000 to Wipe Out Kids Cancer

Date Posted: 4/5/2016

CBS-owned KTVT and KTXA raised $265,000 for Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) during a telethon held April 12. During the broadcast, the stations aired special segments on the research funded by WOKC and introducing viewers to some of WOKC’s Ambassador Families who are battling childhood cancer.

KYW Raises $1.1 Million for Ronald McDonald House

Date Posted: 4/4/2016

CBS owned-and-operated KYW-TV Philadelphia raised $1.1 million in the seventh annual “Ronald McDonald House Charities Phone Bank,” on March 22. Since 2010, the fundraiser has raised over $6.2 million to benefit programs for local children hosted by the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Townsquare Media Raises $1.4 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/4/2016

Townsquare Media, Inc. raised $1.4 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the group’s third national Country Cares radiothon, March 3-4. Townsquare stations in 16 markets, including Albany, NY; Owensboro, Kentucky; Lafayette, Louisiana; and Tyler, Texas, participated to help St. Jude continue their life saving treatments. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

Townsquare Media Raises $1.4 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/4/2016

Townsquare Media, Inc. raised $1.4 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the group’s third national Country Cares radiothon, March 3-4. Townsquare stations in 16 markets, including Albany, NY; Owensboro, Kentucky; Lafayette, Louisiana; and Tyler, Texas, participated to help St. Jude continue their life saving treatments. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

KRBE-FM Partners with NCAA

Date Posted: 4/3/2016

Cumulus Media’s KRBE-FM Houston was the official radio partner for the “NCAA Final Four Dribble Fueled by Powerade.” On April 3, the station held a contest to choose the “Honorary Dribbler,” who would help lead more than 3,500 kids as they dribbled basketballs from Houston’s City Hall to the George R. Brown Convention Center to help kick off the NCAA Final Four Championship activities and game.

WINA-AM Charlottesville Raised $60,000 for UVA Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 4/2/2016

Saga Communication’s WINA-AM Charlottesville, Va. raised $60,000 for UVA Children’s Hospital in the “Cares for Kids” radiothon, held March 31 – April 1. UVA Children’s Hospital provides state-of-the-art pediatric care to address complex childhood illnesses and injuries. This brief podcast provides a recap.

WNKI-FM and WPGI-FM Raise $96,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

Date Posted: 4/1/2016

Community Broadcasters’ WNKI-FM and WPGI-FM Elmira, N.Y. raised $96,000 during the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, held March 9 – 11. The money supports local children in the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

WFLS-FM Raises $136,089 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/1/2016

Alpha Media’s WFLS-FM Fredericksburg, VA raised $136,089 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a three-day fundraising event. WFLS held a radiothon on March 10-11 and “The 93.3 WFLS St. Jude Fun Day” on March 12, with a Washington Redskins Autograph Signing, games and live music.

WBZ-FM Boston Raises $100,000 for Pediatric Cancer

Date Posted: 3/22/2016

CBS Radio’s WBZ-FM Boston raised $100,000 in the ninth annual “Cuts For A Cause,” held March 30 to fight pediatric cancer. On-air personalities Toucher & Rich emceed the event, as Boston Bruins fans bid on the chance to play barber for their favorite players and attend a meet and greet. A few Bruins players were auctioned off as guest barbers to cut their fans’ hair. WBZ has raised over $500,000 since 2008.

KMOV Raises Almost $64,000 for Shriners Hospitals

Date Posted: 3/8/2016

Meredith’s CBS affiliate KMOV St. Louis raised almost $64,000 on March 31 for Shriners Hospitals during the “Our Heroes for Kids Telethon,” more than doubling the $31,000 raised last year. Shriners Hospital in St. Louis focuses on orthopedics and treats all children, regardless of their ability to pay. This can include aid for transportation and lodging for families. The telethon featured 12-year-old Clayton Miller, who has undergone 86 back surgeries to correct Congenital Scoliosis, which caused his spine to go from a 128 degree angle to 28 degrees.

KRNY-FM Raises $287,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 3/8/2016

NRG Media’s KRNY-FM Kearney, NE raised a record $287,000 in this year’s radiothon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, held March 31 – April 1. "The fact that we keep going up in numbers is amazing, is incredible, is heart-wrenching and is beyond words," said KRNY’s Lisa Williams. "But the success for us and the goal for us, to spread the word about St. Jude and to get people to be a part of it."

WBAL-TV and Maryland Special Olympics Raise $2 Million

Date Posted: 3/2/2016

Hearst’s NBC affiliate WBAL-TV Baltimore helped the Maryland Special Olympics raise $2 million in the "Polar Bear Plunge" with a three-day phone bank before the January 30 event. Anchor Jennifer Franciotti was once again a "Super Plunger" who raised at least $10,000 and jumped into the Chesapeake Bay 24 times in 24 hours. The 6,000 participants also included General Manager Dan Joerres and reporter Omar Jimenez. The money supports training and competition for 169 Special Olympics athletes in Maryland. Watch video.

Entravision Radio Raises $2.9 Million for Kids

Date Posted: 3/2/2016

Alex Lucas of Entravision’s syndicated morning show, "El Show de Alex ‘El Genio’ Lucas," was awarded Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals’ Hispanic Radio Person of the Year on February 24 for his extraordinary support of CMN. Entravision’s eighth annual network-wide radiothon raised $2.9 million in 2015, benefiting 95 communities. Of that, KALC-FM Denver raised $1.3 million on February 11-12, bringing its 15-year total to $20.7 million.

Entravision Radio Raises $2.9 Million for Kids

Date Posted: 3/2/2016

Alex Lucas of Entravision’s syndicated morning show, "El Show de Alex ‘El Genio’ Lucas," was awarded Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals’ Hispanic Radio Person of the Year on February 24 for his extraordinary support of CMN. Entravision’s eighth annual network-wide radiothon raised $2.9 million in 2015, benefiting 95 communities. Of that, KALC-FM Denver raised $1.3 million on February 11-12, bringing its 15-year total to $20.7 million.

Alpha Media Nets $64,881 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

Alpha Media’s WXCL-FM Peoria, Ill. raised $64,881 in its 26th annual St. Jude Radiothon, February 4-5. "I can’t say enough about the family we are, and the families we strive to help," said Alpha Media Program Director Chris Michaels. "When you think about it, they are all our family, and we have their backs."

WIS-TV and WTCB-FM Radiothon Funds Playground at Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

Raycom’s NBC affiliate WIS-TV and Cumulus’ WTCB-FM Columbia, S.C. raised $164,000 on February 10 so Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital can build a special playground designed for kids with IVs, in wheelchairs and those diagnosed with autism. This helps 150,000 kids who visit the hospital annually. The event featured Eli Adams, a 10-year-old boy with leukemia whose passions include baseball, basketball and kickball.

WKDD-FM Collects $452,000 for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

iHeartMedia’s WKDD-FM Akron raised $452,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital in its 17th annual "Have a Heart, Do Your Part Radiothon," February 11-13. The radiothon featured five-year-old Fiona Smith, who had a kidney removed and endured months of chemotherapy and radiation. Fiona is now in remission. Last year, Fiona turned in 36 pounds of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies as a "Change Bandit," or volunteer who asks family and friends to donate coins.

WWMX-FM Raises $1.1 Million for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

CBS Radio’s WWMX-FM Baltimore raised a record $1.1 million for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in its 27th annual radiothon, held February 18. A station representative thanked listeners for helping the station in "impacting the lives of children and their families in our community."

WRWM Delivers 1,000 Valentine’s Cards

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

Cumulus’ WRWM-FM Indianapolis’ "JC in the Morning" show collected more than 1,000 homemade Valentine’s Day cards, which they delivered to kids at Riley Hospital for Children during a party that the station hosted at the hospital on February 12.

KWEN-FM Raises $136,095 for St. Jude’s

Date Posted: 2/18/2016

Cox Media Group’s KWEN-FM Tulsa held its second annual “Country cares for Kids Radiothon” on February 11-12. The two-day event raised more than $136,095 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year’s campaign saw an 8 percent increase in donations over the 2015 effort.

WTEN Collects $2 Million for Kids With Disabilities

Date Posted: 2/16/2016

Media General’s ABC affiliate WTEN Albany raised a record $2 million during the 56th annual Center for Disability Services Telethon, held Jan. 31. Didi Gregorius of the New York Yankees and Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants joined the WTEN morning team for the broadcast. The Center for Disability Services provides a number of resources to empower people with disabilities.

WJBC-AM Raises $90,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 2/15/2016

Cumulus’ WJBC-AM Bloomington, Ill. raised a record $90,000 in its annual Radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, held February 11-12. Country music sensation Luke Bryan donated $500 for every new “Partner in Hope” donor added during the event.

WCHS-AM Raises $188,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 2/15/2016

West Virginia Radio Group’s WCHS-AM Charleston raised $188,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in a radiothon held February 11-12. “People respond. They’re listening to the radio; they want their on-air personalities to hit their goals,” said St. Jude ‘s Associate Director of Fundraising Dan Warble. “They want St. Jude to hit their goals. It always happens.”

WDTN Delivers Distracted Driving Message

Date Posted: 2/15/2016

Media General’s NBC affiliate WDTN Dayton, OH has presented its anti-texting and driving campaign, WAIT2TXT, at over 50 schools. WDNT has devoted free airtime to a PSA made for WDTN by a student who survived a distracted driving accident. “Community service is the most important thing we do,” said General Manager Joseph Abouzeid.

KPLC Spotlight on Adoption

Date Posted: 2/15/2016

Raycom’s Fox affiliate WBRC Birmingham declared February 2 a First Alert Weather Day. WBRC aired more than three hours of extended coverage of approaching severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, with no commercial breaks. The station reported on emergency plans, damage and storm shelter areas.

WSJM-FM Raises Record $29,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 2/15/2016

Midwest Family Station’s WSJM-FM St Joseph, MI raised a record $29,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the “Country Cares For St. Jude Kids” radiothon, held Feb. 18-19.

Sacramento Station Changes Name For Dying Boy

Date Posted: 2/15/2016

Entercom’s KDND-FM Sacramento changed its name to “Sawyer FM” on February 18, in honor of a nine-year-old with terminal cancer. Sawyer loved listening to morning show hosts Gavin, Katie and Jason, but was too sick to visit. KDND played his favorite songs and aired personal messages from artists like Flow Rider. “If we could make him smile just for a little bit, it feels so so good,” Katie said.

WSBT Indianapolis Investigates Day Cares

Date Posted: 2/1/2016

Schurz’s CBS affiliate WSBT-TV South Bend, Ind. discovered that nearly 40 children in Indiana died in daycare facilities in six years. WSBT-TV’s investigation uncovered inadequacies in state law that allow unlicensed daycares to continue operating after receiving violations. WSBT educated parents on how to choosing a safe place for their children and how to report illegal facilities. Watch video.

Hubbard Radiothon Raises $66,000 to End Child Abuse

Date Posted: 2/1/2016

Hubbard Radio’s WJJY-FM, KUAL-FM, KLIZ-FM and KBLB-FM Brainerd, Minn. raised almost $67,000 in the 22nd Annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse, Dec. 3-4. All money raised from the auction will stay in Crow Wing County and benefits Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota and local child protection teams.

Radio Hosts Participates in Baby Basics Walking Challenge

Date Posted: 1/20/2016

On-air personality Joe Winner of Beasley’s WXKB-FM Cape Coral, Fla. participated in the 7th Annual Baby Basics Walking Challenge, which raises money to buy diapers for babies in low-income families whose parents are working but not receiving federal or state assistance. These event raised enough to purchase 120,000 diapers.

WLKY-TV Toy Drive Sets World Record

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Hearst Television’s CBS affiliate WLKY Louisville broke a world record with its toy drive on December 16. WLKY collected 6,223 gifts, which equates to eight toys collected every minute for 12 hours. Watch video.

WEHT Raises $300K for Santa Clothes Club

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Nexstar Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate WEHT-TV Evansville, Ind., raised almost $300,000 on December 6 for the Santa Clothes Club. The telethon has been running for nearly 70 years and will provide clothes for 3,000 kids this year. Watch video.

KKIQ-FM and KKDV-FM Collect 1,200 Toys

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Alpha Media’s KKIQ-FM and KKDV-FM Pleasonton, Calif., collected 1,200 new, unwrapped toys for Sleep Train Foster Kids during the "Wayne Coy’s Toys Radiothon" on December 11, hosted by morning show host Wayne Coy. "This is a great example of ’Live and Local’ radio," said Alpha Media’s Phil D’Angelo. "I couldn’t be prouder of our staff and our community that came together to support Sleep Train’s Foster Kids program."

CBS Radio Brings in $2.4 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

CBS Radio’s WUSN-FM Chicago, WYCD-FM Detroit, WDSY-FM Pittsburgh, KMLE-FM Phoenix and KNCI-FM Sacramento raised $2.4 million in the "Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon," held the first two weeks of December. Of that, WUSN-FM raised $1.3 million, bringing its 25-year total to $25 million.

WPBG-FM Raises $539K for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Alpha Media’s WPBG-FM Peoria, Ill., raised $539,480 during the 15th annual "Drive for Miracles," December 9-10. Since 2001, WPBG has raised $1.5 million for Children’s Hospital of Illinois. "This is a true, from-the-heart commitment for a wonderful cause," said Alpha Media Market Manager Mike Wild.

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."

WDOK-FM Raises $398,000 for Hospital

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

CBS Radio’s WDOK-FM Cleveland raised $398,000 on December 4 in a radiothon for the UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. WDOK has raised more than $2 million in seven years.

Wis. Radiothon Breaks Records

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Mississippi Valley Broadcasters’ WQCC-FM La Crosse, Wis.; KQEG-FM La Crescent, Minn.; and WKBH-FM West Salem, Wis. raised a record $103,500 for Children’s Miracle Network in a radiothon, Oct. 22-24.

Sioux Falls Radiothon Nets $204,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Midwest Communications’ KELO-AM and KTWB-FM Sioux Falls, S.D. raised $204,000 for Sanford Children’s Hospital in their 10th annual radiothon, The money helps fund specialized equipment, hospital programs and services for families. (Watch video).

KSCS-FM Dallas Raises $205,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Cumulus Media’s KSCS-FM Dallas raised more than $205,000 for Cook Children’s Hospital in a radiothon on Oct. 7. According to Radio Ink, KSCS raised $121,322 last year. The money will help fund daily operations, including patient care and equipment maintenance. (View photos).

KGLI-FM, KSEZ-FM Fundraise for Hospital

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

iHeartMedia’s KGLI-FM and KSEZ-FM Sioux City, IA raised $44,000 during the St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network radiothon, Oct. 15-16. One-hundred percent of the money aids families and kids such as Taytum Thomas, who weighed less than one and half pounds at birth.

WNKS Charlotte Raises $44,000

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Beasley Broadcasting’s WNKS-FM Charlotte raised $44,000 in its November 24 radiothon for Levine Children’s Hospital to brighten the holidays for kids who will spend them in the hospital.

KINA-AM Helps Keep School From Closing

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Eagle Communications’ KINA-AM Salina, Kan., aired a listener call during the November 13 morning show about Salina Christian Academy. The community-funded school was in danger of closing permanently at winter break due to financial trouble. The hosts also talked with the school board president, who said $20,000 was needed by November 30. A generous listener visited the school after listening to KINA and wrote a personal check for $20,000 that day. The school continues to receive donations.

WBAL Hosts 100,000 Kids at STEM Festival

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate WBAL-TV Baltimore’s "STEM Station" campaign culminated in the first statewide STEM Festival, held November 6-15. More than 100,000 students attended the event, which included labs, robotics and other activities revolving around STEM (science, technology, engineering, math.) The "STEM Station" campaign, launched Feb. 25 by meteorologist Ava Marie, featured weekly stories, 250 activities across Maryland and a website with information, events, photos and videos. Students could upload their own photos and video. A coalition of 32 agencies and non-profit organizations collaborated on the effort. (Watch video.)

WBAL-TV also provided 841 new coats to local kids through the 30th annual "Coats for Kids" drive. WBAL worked with 20 non-profit organizations to identify families and aired the coat distribution live from Burlington Coat Factory. For some kids, it was their first new coat.

TeletónUSA Raises $15.7 Million for Children with Disabilities

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Univision’s TeletonUSA raised $15.7 million during a live event held in Los Angeles December 4-6 to benefit children with neuromusculoskeletal disabilities, cancer and autism. More than 100 artists participated. Live broadcasts aired in Chicago, Miami, New York and San Antonio and streamed online.

KOSI Nets $300K for Ronald McDonald House

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Bonneville International’s KOSI-FM Denver raised almost $300,000 for Ronald McDonald House during its annual "Light the Houses" radiothon on December 3. Thousands of families stay at the Denver Ronald McDonald House every year while their children receive care for significant medical issues.

KPLX Raises $303,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Cumulus’ KPLX-FM Dallas raised $303,157 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a radiothon held December 3-4.

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.

WCVB Meteorologist Delivers Hundreds of Teddy Bears

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Hearst’s ABC affiliate WCVB-TV Boston Meteorologist Danielle Vollmar brought an ambulance full of teddy bears to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on December 21, where she gave a bear to each patient. Vollmar has run the Boston Marathon several times as part of the hospital’s marathon team, in order to raise money for the facility.

2-Year-Old Found Via Amber Alert on Radio

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

A nationwide Amber Alert issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and broadcast on radio stations across the country resulted in the safe recovery of a missing two-year-old Knoxville girl on Oct. 29. Investigators believed that Tyler Enix kidnapped two-year-old Brooklynne Enix after killing his ex-wife, the girl’s mother. In northwest Ohio, resident Steve Adams followed the black Chevy Impala described in the alert, confirmed the license plate number and called police. This story from Tegna’s NBC affiliate WBIR-TV Knoxville. includes audio from the 911 call.

WREX-TV Ignites Conversation on Bullying

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Quincy’s NBC affiliate WREX-TV Rockford, Ill. invited a dozen students from different schools, ages and backgrounds to discuss their experiences with bullying. Many had received death threats from bullies and transferred schools. WREX also brought in child actors to stage a bullying scenario to spark further conversations among the students. One student stood up to the bully, while others expressed fear of becoming victims if they had done the same. WREX’s news segment raised awareness and included resources on bullying. (Watch video).

WCTC-AM Announces Anti-Drug Themed Music Contest

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Greater Media’s WCTC-AM New Brunswick, N.J., the New Jersey Broadcasters Association and the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey are hosting the "2016 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs!" The music competition encourages high school students to create positive messages about avoiding drugs and alcohol. A concert on May 25 will feature finalists. First place receives a $5,000 music contract; second place, $3,000; and third place $2,000.

WWTI Feeds Local Children

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Nexstar’s ABC affiliate WWTI Watertown, N.Y. launched a backpack program last winter to serve students in grades K-4 at Starbuck Elementary School, as 81 percent of students are in the free/reduced lunch program. WWTI’s Alex Hazard and Starbuck Elementary School’s principal designed PSAs asking for donations. Every Friday, even when school is not in session, 60 kids receive a backpack filled with 10 pounds of food. WWTI plans to expand the program to all five Watertown elementary schools in the near future. (Watch video).

WMAR Collects 85,000 Toys for Children of Fallen Officers

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

E.W. Scripps’ ABC affiliate WMAR-TV Baltimore collected 85,000 toys in the 17th annual "ABC2 It’s Kindertime Toy Drive," held November 26-December 21. In total, WMAR has helped distribute more than 800,000 toys to the children of fallen officers and firefighters. Photojournalist Pete O’Neal started the toy drive to thank the police officers and firefighters who worked to solve his mother’s murder. Learn more.

WTTG-TV Grants Wish for 5-Year-Old Cancer Patient

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Fox-owned WTTG-TV Washington, D.C.’s "Season of Wishes" highlighted local kids in the Make-A-Wish program. Eden, a five-year-old cancer survivor, took a limo ride to the studio on December 15, where she and her sister were dressed like princesses and her brother like a prince. Then, the limo took them to the Washington Ballet, the White House, the Hyatt Regency for a fairytale lunch, and the Smithsonian Castle to meet Rapunzel. WTTG broadcast the culmination of Eden’s day live at 5 p.m. She walked down a red carpet to receive her ultimate wish: a ride on a unicorn. Watch video.

CBS Dallas Raises $1 Million for Hospital

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

CBS Radio Dallas - KLUV-FM, KMVK-FM and KRLD-AM - raised $1 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in a radiothon held December 10-11. "CBS Radio DFW is one of the strongest supporters in our quest to be by the side of parents across North Texas," said Children’s Health President and CEO Christopher J. Durovich.

KKJO-FM Collects Thousands of Toys

Date Posted: 1/13/2016

Eagle Communication’s KKJO-FM St. Joseph, MO held the annual Toyland Express Toy Drive on Dec. 4. KKJO-FM staff and members of the local Army Reserve, fire and police departments delivered $4,500 worth of toys to the 41 children staying at the Noyes Home. Santa and Rudolph attended the event, which included dinner provided by Olive Garden. On-air personalities Gregg Lynn and Travis Dodge also delivered more than 2,000 toys to Adopt-A-Family, helping to ensure all who applied received gifts.

WLIB-AM Raises $121,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 1/7/2016

Emmis’ WLIB-AM New York City held a radiothon to raise awareness for the Partners for Hope program, which collects monthly donations on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The station raised $121,000 to help end pediatric cancer. View photos here.

WMC Brings the Holidays to At-Risk Youth

Date Posted: 12/17/2015

Raycom Media’s WMC-TV Memphis held its eighth annual “St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway” to support the hospital’s pediatric cancer research and treatment efforts. The station sold all of its giveaway tickets and raised $1.3 million for St. Jude.

Boise Stations Collect Toys for Area Children

Date Posted: 12/17/2015

Raycom Media’s Fox affiliate KNIN-TV and Scripps TV Station Group’s ABC affiliate KIVI-tv, Boise, partnered with Toys for Tots this holiday season. The stations received over 20,000 donations, whch were then distributed across the viewing area.

WTMX-FM Radiothon Nets $1.3 Million

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Hubbard Radio Group’s WTMX-FM Chicago raised $1.3 million on September 19 during the "Eric & Kathy Radiothon" to support the Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. During the event, on-air personalities Eric and Kathy shared touching stories about the children, parents, doctors, nurses and hospital staff. The event has raised a total of $26 million in 14 years. Click here to view videos and photos from this year’s radiothon.

Delmarva Broadcasting Stations Raise $300,000

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Delmarva Broadcasting’s "2015 Help Our Kids Radiothon" on September 9-10 raised $301,000 for the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. Participating stations included WDEL-FM Canton, N.J., WSTW-FM Wilmington, Del. and WXCY-FM Havre de Grace, Md. and four stations in Lewis, Del.: WXDE-FM, WAFL-FM, WNCL-FM and WYUS-AM. Click here to watch a recap video of the event posted by WDEL-FM.

CBS Philadelphia

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

CBS Philadelphia Radiothons Bring in Nearly $1 Million for Local Children

CBS Radio stations in Philadelphia hosted successful fundraisers in September. WOGL-FM raised more than $680,000 in its 14th annual "WOGL Loves Our Kids" radiothon on September 10-11 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Click here to watch a recap video.

WIP-FM’s "Eagles Radiothon," held September 8-9, raised $200,000 for the Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP). The EYP’s health and education programs serve more than 50,000 children annually. Auction items included exclusive experiences with several Philadelphia Eagles players, a Super Bowl travel package and the chance to have WIP broadcast remotely from the winner’s workplace.

KHAK-FM Radiothon Raises $130,000 for CMN

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Townsquare Media’s KHAK-FM Cedar Rapids, Iowa, raised $130,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) and University of Iowa Children’s Hospital during its 19th annual radiothon, held September 3-4. KHAK told listeners that "these are families from your town — your neighborhood… Every dollar stays here to help us help these families and these kids by building them a new children’s hospital."

Radio Station Helps Cancer Patient’s Wish Come True

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Centennial Broadcasting’s WFVA-AM and WBQB-FM Fredericksburg, Va., aired a September 1 interview with Andi McConnell of the Fairy Godmother Project and Ceili, an 18-year-old who had decided to stop her cancer treatments. Ceili wanted to see the Rocky Mountains with her family, but cannot fly commercially due to her weakened immune system. Word of Ceili’s wish spread after the interview, which WFVA also shared via a podcast. Sister station WBQB-FM’s Facebook post resulted in more than 2,000 shares. Within two days, a pilot volunteered to fly her family. Donations covered the $15,000 fuel cost, plus lodging and food for the trip.

WGRF-FM Raises $140,000 for Make-A-Wish

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Cumulus Media’s WGRF-FM Buffalo raised $140,000 in its Make-A-Wish Foundation radiothon, held September 17-18. This video, posted by Tegna Media’s NBC affiliate WGRZ-TV Buffalo, shows an excited three-year-old playing on his new "pirate ship." The "pirate ship" is a jungle gym he received through the program.

WIKY-FM Brings in $90,000 for Sick Kids

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Midwest Communication’s WIKY-FM Evansville, Ind., raised more than $90,000 in a radiothon held September 3-4 for Riley Children’s Foundation. Riley Children’s works with organizations across Indiana to aid kids with serious health issues and helps families with their medical bills.

WQNY-FM Raises $32,000 and Counting

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Saga Communication’s WQNY-FM Ithaca, N.Y., personality Chris Allinger‘s "Walkin’ The Country" campaign collected $32,000 for childhood hunger. In September, he walked to every town in Tompkins County, collecting money for Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s "BackPack Program," which feeds children at risk of hunger. The total is expected to rise as money from collection boxes and online donations are added. View photos and video from his journey.

WAVY-TV Collects Tons of School Supplies

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

Media General’s NBC affiliate WAVY-TV and Entercom’s WWDE-FM Portsmouth, Va., collected more than 40,000 school supplies during WAVY’s "10 On Your Side Operation School Supplies," held throughout August. During the campaign, viewers and listeners could visit a local Farm Fresh store and purchase bags filled with school supplies for five dollars. The bags were then donated to children who attend 13 different local school districts.

WMMX-FM Nets $74,000 for Ronald McDonald

Date Posted: 10/19/2015

iHeartMedia’s WMMX-FM Dayton, Ohio, raised $74,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton, easily surpassing the $50,000 that the radiothon raised last year. The Ronald McDonald House plans to renovate its 14 rooms for the first time in 16 years, which will cost approximately $300,000. The Ronald McDonald House provides a home for families of critically ill and injured, hospitalized babies and children. Click here for coverage of the event on Media General’s WDTN-FM Dayton.

Third Annual “Team Jack Radiothon” Raises $75,000

Date Posted: 10/14/2015

On September 3, radio stations across Nebraska participated in the “Team Jack Radiothon,” which raises funds for pediatric brain cancer research for the Team Jack Foundation. This year, the radiothon raised $75,000. More information on the Team Jack Foundation is available here.

WABI-TV Helps End Student Hunger

Date Posted: 10/14/2015

Diversified Communications’ CBS affiliate WABI-TV Bangor, ME is continuing its “End Student Hunger” campaign for three months this fall with public service announcements. Each PSA will highlight a different local teacher who has students who face food insecurities. Viewers will be encouraged to donate food to local schools and food pantries.

Salt Lake City Telethon Promotes Adoption

Date Posted: 9/14/2015

Bonneville International Corporation’s NBC affiliate KSL-TV Salt Lake City, UT raised $49,500 in a telethon on Aug. 12 to support the adoption of children in foster care. The event profiled several children and families.
Jaid is a 15-year-old boy. Some kids make fun of him for being different.
Aschley is a 16-year-old who loves to dance and sing and is hoping to be adopted.
Shaleen is legally blind and deaf. Her caseworker says she would thrive in a permanent home.
The Flanders Family: Bryan and Chantel Flanders always wanted a son. They never expected to adopt through foster care, but their family is complete after adopting Allen last November.
Mariah lived in foster care all her life until the Goodraults adopted her. Now, they urge others to adopt from foster care.
Julie Anderson always wanted to be a mom. 17-year-old Olivia was in foster care for four years before finding her true home.
• Like most 11-year-old boys, James loves his toy cars and video games. He would give them all away to be adopted.

WLKY-TVLouisville Station Raises $7,000 for Juvenile Diabetes

Date Posted: 9/14/2015

Hearst Television’s CBS affiliate WLKY-TV Louisville raised $7,000 on August 25 during a telethon for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As many as three million Americans are living with the chronic disease, which is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. The telethon featured children living with the disease, as well as experts who discussed diagnosis, treatment and research.

Networks Raise Money for Education

Date Posted: 9/14/2015

ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC aired The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s (EIC) one-hour Think It Up program on Sept. 11. The Think It Up initiative aims to build excitement for learning in classrooms around the country through celebrity endorsements and by showcasing positive stories from students and teachers. Kristen Bell, Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Seacrest, Jessica Williams, Jeremy Renner, Stephen Colbert, Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow participated in the show, which included sketches and musical performances.

Watch Justin Bieber’s telethon performance here.

Las Vegas Station Collects More Than $22,000 for School Supplies

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Meredith Corporation’s Fox affiliate KVVU-TV Las Vegas collected more than $22,000 in its "Supply Our Students Drive (SOS)," held August 12-14. This year, KVVU added a new way to give: a $15 donation provided a junior high school student with a backpack filled with school supplies, while a $20 donation does the same for an elementary school student. The Salvation Army distributed school supplies to 2,000 kids last year, but the Clark County School District identified 9,000 homeless students in the 2013-14 school year. “This partnership with FOX5 is about changing reality for people in our community,” said Maj. Kelly Pontsler of The Salvation Army Clark County. “For some, it might look like just a pack of pencils or a backpack, but to those we serve, it’s new hope for having a successful school year.”

Entercom

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Entercom Raises $300K for Local Hospital

Entercom’s Greenville, S.C., cluster raised $300,000 for the Greenville Health System, in a radiothon held Aug. 27-28. Participating stations included WFBC-FM, WTPT-FM, WROQ-FM, WYRD-FM, WYRD-AM and WSPA-FM. Live audio from WTPT-FM’s broadcast can be found at the minute markers indicated in the following links: 2:25, 13:41, 19:58, 21:43.

Tennessee Telethon Raises $1.3 Million

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Tennessee Telethon Raises $1.3 Million Bahakel Communications’ ABC affiliate WBBJ-TV Jackson, Tenn.’s 32nd annual "Circles of Hope" telethon on Aug. 16 raised $1.3 million for The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Each Carl Perkins Center provides therapy, forensic interviews, parenting groups and community education related to child abuse. In Henderson County, the Perkins Center served about 1,100 children and 1,900 parents in the past year. Therapeutic programming would not be available to many families due to insurance restrictions, but these clinics offer all services free of charge.

WDBJ7 Airs Special on Child Abuse

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Schurz Communications’ CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV Roanoke, Va. aired “Childhood Lost,” a one-hour special on child abuse, on Aug. 17. WDBJ encouraged viewers to submit questions for experts to answer. Guests included representatives from Blue Ridge Parenting, Family Service of Roanoke, Child Protective Services and an attorney and guardian for children. Since abused children often have trouble discussing their experiences, WDBJ featured "Forgotten Victims," a program to help kids communicate using books, storytelling and crafts. WDBJ’s website provides links to resources and videos, including this interview with a survivor.

Univision VP Honored for Work With St. Jude

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Univision Radio’s Vice President of Marketing, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Monica Rabassa was honored for her work with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by MegaFest on Aug. 23. Rabassa is instrumental to Univision’s partnership with St. Jude. Univision has raised $52 million for St. Jude since 2006. Rassa is also founder and chairperson of the St. Jude Hispanic Advisory Council, which includes Spanish-language radio stations and other Latin entertainment industry groups.

WYKZ-FM, WTKS-FM Savannah Raise $77,000

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

iHeartMedia’s WYKZ-FM and WTKS-FM Savannah, Ga., raised more than $77,000 in the third annual "River Cares for Kids" radiothon for The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center, held Aug. 20-21. The radiothon featured stories from local families, including Hunter Stanfield, who was diagnosed with cancer three days before his 13th birthday. The radiothon is critical in ensuring that the doctors at the region’s only childrens hospital have access to specialized equipment designed to treat kids.

WPLR-FM, WDRC-FM Raise $120,000 for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Connoisseur Media’s WPLR-FM and WDRC-FM Hartford, Conn. raised nearly $120,000 on Aug. 13 in the "Connecticut Children’s Radiothon." On-air personalities Chaz and AJ broadcast live beginning at 5:30 a.m. from the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. The radiothon, which has raised $2 million in 12 years, included inspiring stories and interviews with patients, families and staff. Click here to watch video.

KRGV Raises $327K for ’Teach the Children’

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Manship Station’s ABC affiliate KRGV-TV Welasco, Texas raised more than $327,000 during its 32nd annual "Teach the Children" telethon on July 26. "Teach the Children" raises funds for school supplies and clothing for economically disadvantaged children entering the first grade. In KRGV-TV’s neighborhood, more than 85 percent of children qualify for this type of programs.

WANE-TV Collects 650 Pounds of School Supplies

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Media General’s CBS affiliate WANE-TV Ft. Wayne, Ind., collected more than 20,000 supplies, weighing 640 pounds, and almost $10,000 for The Salvation Army during its "Tools for School" drive in June and July. The 36-day school supply drive collected items at eight “Pack the RV” stops and from collection bins placed at several local businesses and Salvation Army locations. The supplies have been distributed to needy children who attend Fort Wayne and Allen County public schools.

Univision Hosts Local, National Education Campaigns

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

Univision Communications launched "¡Avanzamos, Conectados!" (Connected, We Advance!) on August 10 to help supply Hispanic students with access to broadband technology. More than 24,000 families have accessed information about affordable broadband, Internet training and guidelines for supervising Internet usage at home via the website Clave al Éxito. In Houston, Univision participated in the mayor’s "5th Annual Back 2 School Fest" on August 15. Roughly 20,000 people attended the event, which provided school supplies, backpacks, clothes, health screenings, immunizations and social service resources.

KKNU-FM

Date Posted: 9/3/2015

KKNU Helps Crow High School Replace Stolen Equipment

McKenzie River Broadcasting’s KKNU-FM Eugene, Ore. raised $5,400 in less than two hours on August 17 to help Crow High School replace stolen football equipment. The school had about $3,500 worth of equipment stolen shortly before the season started. Radio host Bill Barrett said, “this kind of crime is tragic,” noting that $4,000 is a lot of money for a small school district like Crow.

WFIZ Collects and Distributes Backpacks, School Supplies

Date Posted: 8/13/2015

Cayuga Radio Group’s WFIZ Odessa, N.Y. hosted its annual “Build Your Backpack” program. The program is designed to give children and families in need the opportunity to pick up a backpack filled with school supplies for the upcoming year. The station does six stops where 50 backpacks are distributed.

WNYT-TV Focuses on Area STEM Initiatives

Date Posted: 8/13/2015

Hubbard Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate WNYT-TV Albany developed “STEM 13” to highlight the importance of science, technology, engineering anf math for the future of the community. The program increases awareness of STEM initiatives throughout the region, particularly for youth.

WWTI-TV Helps Feed Hungry Children

Date Posted: 8/13/2015

Nexstar Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate WWTI-TV Syracuse learned of a local initiative that collected backpacks for in-need children. Through PSAs, the station began encouraging viewers to donate food and other items to the cause. Every Friday, backpacks are filled with nearly 10 pounds of food. Cash donations have exceeded $5,000.

WSYR-TV Works to Keep Teen Drivers Safe

Date Posted: 8/13/2015

Nexstar Broadcasting’s affiliate WSYR-TV Syracuse runs teen safe driving campaign “Operation 9” from prom season through the summer. Through news coverage, PSAs, safety initiatives and a separate website, the station highlights how teens can stay alert and safe while behind the wheel.

WGVA-AM Promotes Anti-Bullying Efforts

Date Posted: 8/13/2015

Geneva Broadcasting’s WGVA-AM Geneva, N.Y. aired a series of anti-bullying public service announcements, written and voiced by local high school students. Promotions Director Tiffany Collinsworth spearheaded assemblies at high schools in the listening area, encouraging students to take an anti-bullying pledge. A contest was also conducted soliciting anti-bullying t-shirt and poster designs, giving away concert tickets to the winners.

Martha’s Vineyard High School Gets Radio Station

Date Posted: 8/4/2015

Skip Finley, marketing and sales director for the Vineyard Gazette Media Group, set up a low power radio station at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The station will be part of the school’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program and will generate funds for college scholarships. Students will survey community leaders to discover important issues and plan for content changes. “It teaches kids not just how to communicate but also how to do so succinctly, especially given modern technology like podcasts or web streaming that forces kids to think how to boil something down and get it across,” said Ty Hobbs, director of the CTE program.

KSAS-TV Creates New Amber Alert

Date Posted: 8/3/2015

Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s Fox affiliate KSAS-TV Wichita produced a PSA for television and radio on Amber Alerts, at the request of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. “The AMBER Alert program is a vital tool for safely recovering abducted children,” said Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) Amber Alert Coordinator William Smith. “A strong relationship with regional broadcast partners is essential to the program.”

KKJO-FM Sends Pediatric Patients to Camp

Date Posted: 7/17/2015

Eagle Communication’s KKJO-FM St. Joseph’s, Mo. raised $13,000 for Camp Quality of Northwest Mo. on June 1. Camp Quality is a week-long summer camp for kids with cancer that operates solely on donations. It costs approximately $1,500 for each of the 100 campers that visit each summer. KKJO has raised more than $200,000 for Camp Quality since 2005.

WBAL-AM Sends Kids to Camp after Riots

Date Posted: 7/17/2015

Hearst Television’s WBAL-AM Baltimore’s "Kid’s Campaign" helped send 400 second, third and fourth grade kids to the local Super Kids Camp to help them escape the turmoil in Baltimore after recent riots. The six-week long Super Kids Camp provides transportation, hot breakfast and lunch, academics, sports, arts, swimming and weekly trips. WBAL raised money through a radio and TV campaign to provide scholarships to the 400 kids, reducing the cost for each family from $1,200 to $100. This will be a first-time camp experience for most of the children, as 80 percent of families in their neighborhood live below the poverty line and are eligible for free or reduced-cost school lunches. Click here to watch the video.

WBRZ Raises $821,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 7/17/2015

Manship Station’s ABC affiliate WBRZ-TV Baton Rouge, La. hosted a live "St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway" special on June 21. Proceeds from the tickets, which sold for $100 each, raised $821,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Giveaways included a new car worth $50,000 and a new 3,500 square foot home built by Alvarez Construction, valued at $500,000. The event featured interviews with St. Jude patients and families, who never receive a bill for treatment.

WCVB Boston Announces 2015 Kirby Perkins A+ Scholarship Recipients

Date Posted: 7/17/2015

Hearst Television’s ABC affiliate WCVB-TV Boston presented seven high school seniors with scholarships worth up to $7,000. The 17th annual Kirby Perkins A+ Scholarship honors a late WCVB reporter who developed weekly "A+" reports to profile high school seniors who overcame hardship to achieve college admission. The 2015 recipients are:

  • Heidi Petion, Boston Arts Academy, immigrated from Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. She overcame language barriers to excel in school, and wants to become a doctor.
  • James Maring, Chelsea High School, escaped the ongoing civil war in South Sudan.
  • Henry Carr, King Phillip High School, is battling cancer.
  • Rezwan Ali, Medford High School, moved to the U.S. from Bangladesh, learned English, and worked full-time while in school due to his father’s illness. He wants to be an engineer.
  • Jake Gillett, Catholic Memorial High School, drove 100 miles round trip to school each day. Gillet, whose mother died in a fire 12 years ago, is a member of his school’s television studio.
  • Isaac Nelson, Fitchburg High School, emigrated from Ghana and lost his sister to a brain tumor. He is an outstanding soccer player and volunteers in the local homework center.
  • Anthony King, Worcester South High School, overcame economic adversity and other personal hardships, including frequent moves and a stay in a shelter, in order to excel academically.

KMGH-TV Denver Collects 40,000 Books

Date Posted: 7/17/2015

E.W. Scripps’ ABC affiliate KMGH-TV Denver collected 40,000 books in May. This is more than double its goal of 14,000. The drive was inspired by the story of local elementary school teacher Kyle Schwartz, which went viral following a segment on "ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir." When she asked students to finish the sentence "I Wish My Teacher Knew," Schwartz learned that most of her students lack access to important educational tools, including books. "When they finally get that book in their hands, when it’s theirs, they’ve picked it out, they’re excited about it. It’s just this inspiring sight, they just drop and start reading because it’s their own book," she said.

Dan Mason Establishes Audio Scholarship at Syracuse University

Date Posted: 6/15/2015

Former CBS Radio President Dan Mason established the Dan Mason Family Audio Scholarship at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications to provide financial assistance to a Newhouse senior majoring in television, radio and film with an audio concentration. The first recipient will be chosen for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Houston Station Awards High School Seniors

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Univision owned-and-operated WLTV-TV Miami honored 10 local high school seniors with its "Orgullo de Nuestra Juventud" (Pride of our Youth) award and college scholarships on May 1. Six students were recognized for academic excellence and community service, while four received awards for academic growth in spite of significant personal setbacks.

iHeartMedia Raises $6.5 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

iHeartMedia and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals received a Silver Cause Marketing Halo Award in the Best Message-focused Campaign category at the 2015 Cause Marketing Forum Conference. In 2014, 35 iHeartMedia stations raised almost $6.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. "No medium is more local than radio, and the radiothon program capitalizes on iHeartMedia’s unique and natural role as a community medium to drive both awareness and donations," said iHeartMedia Director of Community Engagement Jessica King.

Sinclair, iHeartMedia Support the United Negro College Fund

Date Posted: 6/4/2015

Sinclair Broadcast Group and iHeartMedia are supporting the UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) annual show, "An Evening of Stars," which highlights 20 students and presents $500,000 in scholarships to historically black college or universities (HBCUs). In the past 36 years, UNCF’s "An Evening of Stars" has raised more than $200 million and provided hundreds of thousands of scholarships. Sinclair will air the show in all of its 78 television markets beginning on June 6th and will produce a news feature on a local HBCU when applicable. iHeartMedia is promoting Sinclair’s broadcast of "An Evening of Stars" on 156 radio stations.

"We are proud to broadcast this important fundraiser to almost half the country, including markets where this show has never aired before," said Sinclair VP of Programming Bill Butler. "By offering our footprint to extend UNCF’s message of educational opportunity almost nationwide, we hope to open new doors for the scholarship fund, as well as future UNCF beneficiaries."

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.

WBKO-TV Supports St. Jude’s Dream Home Giveaway for Tenth Year

Date Posted: 3/15/2015

Gray Television’s ABC affiliate WBKO-TV Bowling Green, Ky. partnered with local building contractor Sweets Design Build to give away a St. Jude Dream Home for the tenth year. A large portion of the building materials for the home were donated or purchased at a reduced rate. WBKO-TV promoted the giveaway on-air and raised $600,000 through a raffle. In the past ten years, the station donated more than six million dollars to St. Jude Children Hospital, which helps ensure that families do not pay for treatment.

WESH-TV Meteorologists Tony Mainolfi and Amy Sweezey Bolster ’Read to Me’ Campaign

Date Posted: 3/15/2015

Hearst Television owned NBC Affiliate WESH-TV Daytona Beach, Fla. meteorologists Tony Mainolfi and Amy Sweezey worked to promote national “Read to Me” literacy campaign, which urges adults to read to children. In addition, the two meteorologists encouraged local actors to volunteer for BookPALS, or Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools.

WNCY-FM Raises $260,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 3/13/2015

Midwest Communications’ WNCY-FM Green Bay raised $260,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in its 18th annual "Y100 St. Jude Kids Radiothon," held Feb. 12. The station raised $55,000 more than it did in 2014 and has over $4 million in the past 18 years.

’Drive for Miracles’ Event Nets $245,000

Date Posted: 3/13/2015

iHeartMedia’s WDVI-FM and WHAM-AM Rochester, N.Y., raised $245,000 during the 14th annual "Drive for Miracles" Radiothon, held Feb. 12-13. All donations benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital, which will cut the ribbon on a new facility this summer. Click here to read a few words from children who benefitted from the hospital’s services.

KUPL-FM Listeners Pledge $178,000

Date Posted: 3/13/2015

Alpha Media’s KUPL-FM Portland, Ore., held a two-day radiothon on Jan. 29-30. The event raised $178,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click here to listen to a performance by KMCA Records Nashville recording artist Kip Moore that broadcast live during the radiothon.

Fargo Radiothon Pulls in $155,000 for Sanford Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 3/13/2015

Midwest Communication’s WDAY-FM and KVOX-FM Fargo raised $155,000 during the 15th annual "Cares for Kids" Radiothon at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo, Jan. 29-30. During the two-day event, parents and children shared their stories of medical miracles on-air. The money ensures that children in North Dakota and northern Minnesota receive the best pediatric care without leaving the region.

Univision Local Media Nets $3.5 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 3/13/2015

Univision Local Media’s "Promesa y Esperanza" (Promise and Hope) Radiothon, held Feb. 5-6, raised $3.5 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event featured musical artists and popular on-air personalities. Fundraisers are critical to St. Jude, as families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food while their children battle life threatening illnesses.

"The dedication and support we receive from Univision and its staff allow us to reach Hispanic radio listeners across the country and create awareness about our lifesaving research and treatments," said St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital President and CEO Richard Shadyac, Jr. "The financial support and the commitment of the Univision family and their listeners will help us reach the day when every child can be saved."

iHeartMedia National Event Raises $3.7 Million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Date Posted: 3/13/2015

iHeartMedia raised $3.7 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the annual "Country Cares" Radiothon, Feb. 19-20. Stations in 34 cities participated, including WACO-FM Waco, TX; WUSY-FM Chattanooga, Tenn; WHLW-FM Montgomery, Ala.; and KWNR-FM Las Vegas. The award-winning Bobby Bones Show, syndicated on 19 participating radio stations, supported the event. Hundreds of iHeartMedia stations fundraise for St. Jude throughout the year, in addition to participating in the "Country Cares" Radiothon. In 2014, iHeartMedia raised $7.5 million for St. Jude and is on track to match that amount in 2015.

Treatments discovered at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent in the past 50 years. St. Jude aims to drive the childhood cancer survival rate to 90 percent in the next decade.

KSLA Collects 6,000 Coats for Children in Need

Date Posted: 2/15/2015

Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate KSLA-TV Shreveport,La. collected 6,000 coats in their annual "Coats for Kids" event. The coats were distributed to needy children in local schools and donated to local Goodwill.

Univision Raised $15.5 Million for Children with Disabilities

Date Posted: 2/9/2015

Univision’s “TeletonUSA” raised $15.5 million as more than 100 artists and the Hispanic community to come together for children with neuromusculoskeletal disabilities, cancer and autism. The telethon, held Dec. 12-13 with the theme “Corazones con Gente,” or Hearts for People, started in Miami but included live feeds in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Antonio. Funds will help more than 600 children from 38 states.

KLUV and KRLD’s “Christmas is for Children” raises $1 million

Date Posted: 2/9/2015

CBS Radio’s KLUV-FM and KRLD-FM Dallas raised more than $1 million for the Children’s Medical Center which is, the seventh-largest pediatric hospital in the country. Twenty patients and families shared their stories on air to share their stories. “CBS Radio DFW has become a very strong ally with us in being by the side of parents across North Texas. We are extremely grateful,” said Christopher J. Durovich, president and CEO of Children’s Health.

WLLD Hosts Toy Drive for Nonprofit, The Children’s Home

Date Posted: 2/9/2015

Beasley Broadcast Group’s WLLD-FM Tampa raised $12,254 and 305 bicycles in its third annual toy drive benefiting The Children’s Home. The Children’s Home serves abused and abandoned children and their families through therapeutic and traditional foster homes, in addition to supporting relative care-givers. In just three years Orlando’s Toy Drive has raised over $22,000 in gift card and cash donations, 1,100 bicycles and thousands of toys.

WDAY-FM and KVOX-FM Raise $155,000 for Sanford Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 2/1/2015

Midwest Communication’s WDAY-FM and KVOX-FM Fargo raised $155,000 the 15th Annual Cares for Kids Radiothon at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo Radiothon on Jan. 29-30. During the two-day event, parents and children shared their stories of medical miracles on-air. The money raised ensures that children in North Dakota and northern Minnesota receive the best pediatric care without leaving the region.

KYW Philadelphia Launches Annual “Joy of Sharing” Campaign

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

CBS owned and operated KYW-TV Philadelphia and CBS Television’s CW affiliate WPSG-TV hosted its 29th “Joy of Sharing” campaign this December. The campaign has provided toys for more than 100,000 children in need in Philadelphia over the past 29 years. Last year alone, the campaign collected more than 50,000 toys. One of the longest running TV public service campaigns in the region, KYW and WPSG work with all CBS radio stations in the city including KYW-AM, WOGL-FM, WIP-FM, WPHT-AM and WTEL-AM. The Salvation Army distributes the new, unwrapped toys to local children. Watch the video here.

WTAQ-FM Green Bay Host Raises Over $12,000 For Cancer Non-Profit

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

Midwest Communications’ WTAQ-FM Green Bay, Wis. host Jerry Bader raised more than $12,000 during his annual fundraiser for Families of Children With Cancer, Inc. in northeast Wisconsin. The Families of Children with Cancer, Inc., is a nonprofit support group for patients, families and long-term survivors of childhood cancer. Members of the Green Bay Fire Department, served bowls of their famous “firehouse chili” to all who stopped by to donate.

KNX-AM Hosted 26th CHiPS for KIDS Toy Drive

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

CBS Radio KNX-AM Los Angeles hosted its 26th Annual CHiPS for KIDS holiday gift drive. From November 28 through Christmas Eve, the community collected new, unwrapped toys for children and teens. Watch the kick-off video here.

KMPH and KFRE Host Successful Inaugural Toy Drive

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

FOX affiliate KMPH and CW’s affiliate KFRE Fresno, CA partnered Les Schwab for the largest toy drive in the Fresno Valley. They partnered with Poverello House and Transitions Children’s Services to provide gifts for children in need.

WAVE-TV Raises $136,000

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

Raycom Media’s NBC Affiliate WAVE-TV Louisville, Ky. hosted an all-day telethon that raised more than $136,000 for Kosair Children’s Hospital Foundation. The telethon helps children from Kentucky and southern Indiana to receive hospital treatments regardless of their ability to pay. WAVE anchors, including Shannon Cogan, participated.

KTLV Hosts Holiday Toy Drive

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

Sinclair’s CBS affiliate KTLV Medford, Ore. collected thousands of toys during their 7th annual toy drive this December. The toys were distributed by Community Works, a nonprofit that helps citizens overcome a severe life crisis or trauma. A Community Works spokesperson said that this campaign has an unimaginable impact on their clients.

KGW Continues 30-Year Toy Drive Tradition

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

Gannett Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate KGW-TV Portland, Ore. organized its 30th annual KGW Great Toy Drive. KGW enlisted more than 300 businesses in the area as drop-off points for toys. The toys are distributed to less fortunate families in Oregon and southwest Washington. Volunteers from more than 130 nonprofit organizations distribute the toys. Over 30 years, the KGW Great Toy Drive has provided hundreds of thousands of toys. This year, the drive served more children than ever before. The KGW Great Toy Drive is “truly a community event, and we’re thrilled to once again be expanding the opportunities for giving this year,” said D.J. Wilson, KGW-TV president and general manager.

iHeartMedia’s WUSY-FM Chattanooga Raised $147,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

iHeartMedia’s WUSY-FM Chattanooga, Ten. raised $147,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research hospital with their “No Shave November” fundraiser. During the annual “Beard Bash,” individuals and teams were recognized for their fundraising efforts. Amongst those that were recognized, KRWQ-FM Medford, Tenn. won the award for largest radio fundraising team with more than $15,000 collected.

WYOY-FM Helps Salvation Army With “Operation Angel Tree”

Date Posted: 1/20/2015

The Radio People’s WYOY-FM Jackson, Miss. worked with the Salvation Army for its ninth annual “Operation Angel Tree,” which helped thousands of local children celebrate the holidays. During the trip to the “North Pole,” 60 kids and their families were chosen to take a flight to the North Pole on a C-130 plane. Santa, Mrs. Claus and 100 eager elves awaited the kids arrival to personally deliver gifts.

WTNH Hosts Holiday Giving Competition

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

LIN Media’s ABC affiliate WTNH-TV New Haven, Conn. collected more than 1,000 toys for Toys for Tots during the station’s GR8 Holiday Give. WTNH-TV turned the toy drive into a fun competition between the station’s news and weather teams by asking participants to choose a "team tag" of news or weather when donating a toy. The station tracked each team’s progress online using a bar graph.

KOIL-AM Omaha Raises $73,000 for Children

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

NRG Media’s KOIL-AM Omaha, Neb. raised $73,000 for the Child Saving Institute during a radiothon on Dec. 12. The Child Saving Institute serves children and teens facing difficult situations by providing emergency shelter, adoption, foster care, therapy and day care assistance. KOIL-AM beat its goal of $60,000 by nearly 25 percent.

WMAR Collects 50,000 Toys

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

E.W. Scripps’ ABC affiliate WMAR Baltimore collected 50,000 toys in the annual ABC2 It’s Kindertime Toy Drive. This year’s drive benefited needy families and kids of fallen firefighters and police officers. WMAR has helped distribute more than 400,000 toys in 16 years.

KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM iHeartMedia Little Rock Collect 20,000 Toys

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

iHeartMedia stations KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM Little Rock, Ark. held their 2014 Toy Hill Toy Drive from Dec. 5-7. During the 72-hour toy drive, KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM collected $24,000 and filled three 18-wheel trucks with 20,000 new toys. The donations benefitted the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots Program.

WBRZ Baton Rouge Collects 7,500 Coats for Kids

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

Manship Stations’ ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge, La. raised more than $111,000 to distribute 7,500 coats to children in 171 schools. Since its inception 26 years ago, Pat’s Coats for Kids has distributed more than 200,000 winter coats to local children in need.

Country Radio Raises Millions for St. Jude

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

  • CBS Radio’s WUSN-FM Chicago ($1.2 million)
  • iHeartMedia’s KEEY-FM Minneapolis ($1,009,452)
  • iHeartMedia’s WPOC-FM Baltimore ($330,355)
  • Beasley’s WQYK-FM Tampa ($252,828)
  • Lincoln Financial Media’s KSON-FM San Diego ($251,050)
  • iHeartMedia’s WAMZ-FM Louisville, Ky. ($245,000)
  • Max Media’s WGH-FM Norfolk, Va ($202,945)
  • iHeartMedia’s WGAR-FM Cleveland, Ohio ($200,331)
  • iHeartMedia’s WTQR-FM Greensboro, N.C. ($189,870)
  • CBS Radio’s KNCI-FM Sacramento, Calif. ($113,542)
  • CBS Radio’s WDSY-FM Pittsburgh, Pa. ($102,870)
  • iHeartMedia’s WUSY-FM Chattanooga, Tenn. ($143,000)

‘Markathon’ Supports Grieving Children

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

Townsquare Media’s WCYY-FM Portland, Maine raised $50,000 for the Center for Grieving Children during "The Markathon." Host Mark Curdo stayed on air for 102 hours, playing requests from people who donated. The Center for Grieving Children helps 4,000 youth annualy who have lost a family member or who came to Maine from areas facing war and genocide.

WPLJ Makes a Girl’s Wish Come True

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

Cumulus Media’s WPLJ-FM New York City partnered with Make-A-Wish to grant 13-year-old Olivia’s wish to be a pop star for a day. Olivia, who has a life threatening brain tumor, visited WPLJ-FM’s Madison Square Garden studio for an interview with Ralphie, host of Ralphie Tonight, to talk about her album release and life as a pop star. Her superstar treatment included a Green Room stocked with her favorite foods, drinks and presents.

San Antonio Listeners Wrap 5,000 Gifts

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

Alpha Media’s KTSA-AM San Antonio hosted its 16th annual Wrappin With Jack campaign. During the event, 700 volunteers wrapped over 5,000 gifts that had been donated to benefit the Family Service Association of San Antonio. Host Jack Riccardi wanted to ensure that no child was told that Santa couldn’t come this year because the family is going through tough times.

KLUC-FM Las Vegas Fills 29 Trucks With Toys

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

CBS Radio’s KLUC-FM Las Vegas broke records with the 16th Annual Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive. The station raised $323,000 and filled 29 trailers with new toys, including 5,146 bikes, to benefit HELP of Southern Nevada. HELP assisted 3,000 local families this holiday season.

KXKT-FM Omaha Raises Nearly $1 Million for School Lunches

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

iHeartMedia’s KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb. raised $900,000 during The Woodhouse Challenge 2014. The Woodhouse Auto Family challenged morning personality Gina to not eat for 24 hours to better appreciate the daily plight of children who do not have enough food. The Woodhouse Auto Family contributed $400,000 and challenged listeners to match this amount. KXKT-FM listeners stepped up, more than doubling the contribution. The money KXKT-FM raised will provide meals to 5,600 local children through the Food Bank for the Heartland’s school lunch program.

Albany Stations Collect Coats for Kids

Date Posted: 1/8/2015

Media General’s ABC affiliate WTEN-TV and Fox affiliate WXXA-TV Albany teamed together for “Coats for Kids.” The program collects winter coats, which are then dispersed to area children in need. One local donation alone included 500 new coats.

KXMB-TV Bismarck Bids for Kids

Date Posted: 12/16/2014

Reiten Television’s CBS affiliate KXMB-TV Bismarck, ND raised $10,000 during its 44th annual Kiwanis Bids for Kids auction on Dec. 12. The Bismarck Kiwanis used the money to support programs for local children in need.

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.

The Bobby Bones Show Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Date Posted: 12/4/2014

Premiere Networks’ The Bobby Bones Show helped raised more than $150,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in honor of cast member Amy Brown’s mother Judy, who inspired the program’s Pimpin Joy campaign. The Pimpin Joy campaign encouraged listeners to perform random acts of kindness. After Judy lost her battle with cancer in October, her family asked that donations be made in her name to St. Jude. Initially, the Bobby Jones Show set a fundraising goal of $20,000. The final tally of $150,000 far surpassed this goal. The Bobby Bones Show raised an additional $60,000 for St. Jude during a benefit concert held on Nov. 18, bringing the November 2014 total raised for St. Jude to $210,000.

The Dave and Chuck .5 K Race Raises 27 Bags of Toys

Date Posted: 12/4/2014

Dave and Chuck "The Freak" of Greater Media’s WRIF-FM Detroit hosted a .5K on Nov. 22 to benefit Toys for Tots. The run was a manageable distance for the crowd, as it is about 500 yards. During the event, 27 bags stuffed with toys were collected.

KQDJ-FM Donates 200 Toys to Kids

Date Posted: 12/3/2014

Ingstad Family Media’s KQDJ-FM Valley City, N.D. donated 200 toys to local kids. Santa Clause gave the gifts to the kids at a local event held this month.

Cincinnati Station Supports High School Students

Date Posted: 11/24/2014

Hearst Television’s NBC affiliate WLWT-TV Highlights student athletes from local high schools each week through its Blitz5 program. Blitz5 also featured the Don’t Text and Drive campaign in partnership with Shopperformance.com. Each Thursday from September through November, students who pledged not to text and drive had the opportunity to win a $100 gas card. At the end of the campaign, the school with the most pledges was given a $2,500 scholarship to present to a deserving student.

WAVE-TVWAVE Raises $136,000 for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 11/15/2014

Raycom Media’s NBC Affiliate WAVE-TV Louisville, Ky. raised more $136,000 for the Kosair Children’s Hospital foundation during a telethon in late October. The funds help children from Kentucky and southern Indiana receive hospital treatments. In preparation for the telethon, WAVE-TV produced and aired PSAs and sold raffle tickets.

WTMX Chicago Raises $1.4 Million for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

Hubbard Radio Group’s WTMX-FM Chicago raised more than $1.4 million through the 15th Annual Eric & Kathy Radiothon for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. Morning show hosts Eric & Kathy broadcast live from Lurie Children’s with stories of children battling critical or fatal conditions. Since 2000, The Eric and Kathy Radiothon has raised $26 million for Lurie Children’s.

WIP-FM Raises Record Funds for Eagles Youth Partnership

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

CBS Radio’s WIP-FM Philadelphia’s 2014 Eagles Radiothon raised a record $290,000 ($100,000 more than 2013). Proceeds benefit Eagles Youth Partnership, which provides education and health programs to 50,000 low-income children each year. "The kindness and generosity of WIP listeners and Eagles fans never fails to astonish me. Radiothon is a source of pride among everybody at WIP," said WIP-FM’s Marc Rayfield.

WFTS Tampa Reunites Missing Boy With Family

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

Scripps’ ABC affiliate WFTS Tampa reunited a missing boy with his family. Paul Ezekiel Fagan, who has a mild learning disability, was last seen playing in his front yard on September 25. WFTS anchor Cameron Polom saw a child fitting his description after a press conference on his disappearance the next day. After confirming the child was Paul, Polom brought him home. Click here to watch Paul’s emotional reunion with his grandmother and father.

WBRZ Kicks off 19th Annual Fans’ Choice Awards

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

Manship Station’s ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge, La., kicked off the 19th year of The Fans’ Choice Awards, which recognize outstanding high school athletes. Every Friday, coaches, players and fans nominate an athlete on WBRZ.com. After viewers vote for the finalists on Tuesday, the high school athlete of the week is announced on that night’s newscasts. Click here to view the 2013 Fans’ Choice winners.

KLUV-FM Promotes Oral Health to California Kids

Date Posted: 9/8/2014

Univision Radio’s KLUV-FM Glendale, Calif., on-air personality Nataly Valenzuela joined the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile dental van in Pico Rivera, Calif. on August 12 to encourage good dental habits at a young age. As part of the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program, volunteer dental professionals provided children ages 1-12 with free dental screenings, an oral care "report card" and a take-home kit containing learning materials and Colgate products.

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.

Univision’s KXLN-TV Encourages Dreaming Through Reading

Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Univision’s KXLN-TV Houston partnered with the Houston Public Library to promote its summer reading program during the months of June and July. The program encourages school children to read during their summer vacation, use the library as a place tehy called, "Your Space to Dream," and develop the habit of reading. Children are rewarded for reading a certain amount of books. The program also provides an opportunity for families to spend time together.

Boston Stations Help Fulfill Local Boy’s Birthday Wish by Helping to Collect 100,000+ Cards

Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Cumulus Radio and Westwood One’s Boston cluster recently rallied around a local little boy, Danny Nickerson, who is battling a rare form of cancer. Danny’s sixth birthday wish was to receive a "big box of birthday cards." Danny’s cancer is inoperable and since his diagnosis last October, he has not been able to attend kindergarten. The local Cumulus and Westwood One stations encouraged listeners to send cards to Danny, who says he sometimes gets lonely, but cards with his name on them make him happy. The request went viral, and by Danny’s birthday, he received over 100,000 cards, along with thousands of gifts and messages on Facebook.

Raycom Cleveland Raises $70,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs

Date Posted: 8/12/2014

Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate WOIO-TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate WUAB-TV Cleveland were busy supporting children this month. Continuing their partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, the stations sponsored the organization’s Race for Kids and Wellness Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. WOIO-TV and WUAB-TV promoted the event on air, while station talent emceed the day’s events. The stations helped raise $70,000 to support local children in need with many afterschool programs, nutritious meals and caring, adult mentors.

Univision Radio Miami Supports Local Children’s Shelter

Date Posted: 8/12/2014

For two weeks during July, the employees of Univision Radio’s Miami stations collected nearly $500 and several boxes of food and non-perishable items for the children of His House Children’s Home located in Miramar, Fl. His House Children’s Home is a private, nonprofit, faith-based group that provides residential care for abused, abandoned and neglected children in a home-like setting. The radio stations assisted the organization, which is constantly receiving and supporting children in need of help.

WUSA-TV Launches Campaign to Bring Home Missing Kids

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

Gannett-owned WUSA-TV Washington recently launched the "Bring Them Home" project, a multiplatform initiative that aims to significantly raise awareness about missing local children. During Thursday newscasts, WUSA-TV airs photos and information about missing kids and provides the number to contact local police. Viewers are encouraged to share the information on social media or retweet WUSA-TV’s related posts. The project was developed after an eight-year-old local girl, Relisha Rudd, went missing from a homeless shelter earlier this year.

WHAS-TV, WHAS-AM Raise $5.6 Million for Special Needs Kids

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

Clear Channel’s WHAS-AM and Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WHAS-TV Louisville hosted the 61st annual "WHAS Crusade for Children" radio- and telethon. The event helped fire departments collect donations across Kentucky and southern Indiana for special needs children. This year the fundraiser raised more than $5.6 million for area children. Since its inception in 1954, the Crusade has collected more than $160 million.

WHAS-TV, CBS Philly Collects $2 Million for Pediatric Cancer Research

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

CBS-owned KYW-TV and The CW affiliate WPSG-TV Philadelphia hosted the eighth annual "Alex Scott Phone Bank," a 14-hour on-air benefit for the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research. The day-long telethon raised more than $2 million, a record for the fundraiser which began in 2007. Over the past eight years, the event has raised more than $9 million for the cause.

WTOP-FM Raises $25,000 to Send 100 Local Kids to Camp

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

Hubbard Radio’s WTOP-FM Washington partnered with the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington for "Send a Kid to Camp," a one-day, on-air and online fundraising campaign to help local kids in need attend summer camp. The brief initiative raised more than $25,000, which will allow more than 100 kids to spend a week at YMCA summer camp this year. Click here to learn more about the effort.

KKJO-FM Collects $20,000 for Camp for Kids with Cancer

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

Eagle Communication’s KKJO-FM St. Joseph, Mo., held the 10th annual Radiothon for Camp Quality on June 23. KKJO-FM’s morning hosts Gregg and Aaryn broadcast live from a local coffee shop and raised more than $20,000 in 12 hours for Camp Quality, a week-long summer camp for kids with cancer. Over the past 10 years, KKJO-FM has raised over $168,000 for Camp Quality to brighten the lives of local kids.

Raycom’s Cleveland Stations Raise $70,000 for Local Boys & Girls Clubs

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

Raycom Media’s CBS affiliate WOIO-TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate WUAB-TV Cleveland partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio for the annual Race for Kids and Wellness Festival at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The event featured a 5K and a one mile run/walk and demonstrations from local healthcare providers and fitness experts. More than 550 people attended the event, which raised more than $70,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Proceeds will support over 8,000 local kids through one-on-one tutoring, recreational activities, character building programs and more.

Mid-West Family’s Stations Raise $680K for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 6/9/2014

Mid-West Family’s WWQM-FM and WJQM-FM Madison, Wis., hosted the 10th annual American Family Children’s Hospital Radiothon. The three-day, 39-hour radiothon broadcast live from the lobby of the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison and featured the inspiring stories of patients, families and staff at the hospital. The 2014 radiothon raised more than $680,000, a new record for the stations.

Schurz’s Rapid City Cluster Raises $87K for Local CMN Hospital

Date Posted: 6/9/2014

Schurz Communications’ radio stations in Rapid City, S.D., including KKMK-FM, KOUT-FM, KFXS-FM and KRCS-FM, hosted the "One Call, One Miracle Radiothon" last month to support the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). The event broadcast live from the Rapid City Regional Hospital and featured stories of local children and families. The radiothon raised more than $87,000 to support the local hospital.

Clear Channel’s Albany Cluster Raises $650,000 for Pediatric Hospital

Date Posted: 6/9/2014

Clear Channel’s Albany stations, WGY-AM/FM and WRVE-FM, hosted the 16th annual Cares for Kids Radiothon, a 30-hour live broadcast that supports the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. The event raised nearly $650,000. WGY-FM Program Director Hosh Everett said, "It takes a dedicated team of hospital and radio station volunteers to make the Cares for Kids Radiothon a success, but the true heroes are the children and families being helped by these efforts. Their courage and willingness to share difficult and painful experiences -- along with their victories -- is truly what compels others to give so generously."

WPOW-FM Gives Bullied Boy the Royal Treatment

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Beasley Broadcasting Group’s WPOW-FM Miami recently held an anti-bullying rally for a local nine-year-old boy after learning of his struggles at school. WPOW-FM staff reached out to local sponsors to give the student, Osmany Franco, the royal treatment on his way into school. He drove in a convertible to Redland Elementary School and was joined by WPOW-FM’s morning show host "Big Al," the Miami Marlins team van, and a police escort. Osmany, who suffers from developmental issues, will also receive VIP seats to a future Miami Heat game, and will participate in the halftime free throw contest.

KOIL-AM Host Takes the Plunge to Fight Cancer

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Three NRG Media radio stations in Omaha – KQKQ-FM, KOPW-FM, and KMMQ-AM – raised more than $94,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a two-day radiothon in early April. The three stations broadcast extensive live, local coverage from 7 am to 7 p.m. each day. This year’s total exceeded last year’s by more than $7,000.

WTNH-TV Helps Keep Connecticut Kids in the Game

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

LIN Media-owned ABC affiliate WTNH-TV New Haven, Conn., teamed with the Connecticut chapter of the Boys and Girls Club, New England Subaru dealerships and Connecticut high schools for the first annual SportsEdge Sports Equipment Drive. SportsEdge is WTNH-TV’s sports website for local Connecticut fans that is dedicated to youth athletics. Mark Higgins, vice president and general manager of WTNH-TV, said, "We want to make sure that all kids have the opportunity to be active and play sports in Connecticut." More than 30 boxes of equipment, sneakers and clothing were collected, and all the items were given to the Connecticut Boys and Girls Club.

Radio One Helps Raise $1.3 Million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Date Posted: 5/14/2014

Radio One’s network of stations partnered with other inspirational music stations to raise more than $1.3 million for kids fighting cancer, sickle cell and other deadly diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the seventh annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon. "Gospel music’s message of faith and inspiration go hand-in-hand with the lifesaving work of St. Jude in providing help and hope to some of the world’s sickest children fighting for their lives," said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of St. Jude. "Thank you to Radio One, all of the volunteers, celebrity supporters and loyal listeners across the country for their continued support. Because of them, we are truly making a difference in the lives of kids everywhere."

CBS Philly Raises $1 Million for Ronald McDonald House

Date Posted: 4/13/2014

CBS-owned KYW-TV and WPSG-TV Philadelphia held the stations’ fifth annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Phone Bank. Fundraising segments aired throughout the day on March 25 and collected more than $1 million to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region, a nonprofit that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the community. Since 2010, the stations have raised more than $4 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

WOI-TV Raises $4.1 Million for Variety-The Children’s Charity

Date Posted: 4/13/2014

Nexstar Broadcasting’s ABC affiliate WOI-TV West Des Moines, Iowa, recently aired the 40th Annual Variety Telethon to support Variety-the Children’s Charity, which is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. This year’s 20-hour telethon raised more than $4.1 million, the highest amount WOI-TV has ever raised for Variety in one year. Since its inception, the telethon has raised nearly $100 million in Iowa.

Clear Channel Raises $3 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/13/2014

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment helped raise $3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the group’s annual Country Cares radio event on February 27 and 28. Stations in 31 cities hosted the two-day radiothon. "For the past 25 years, Clear Channel’s country stations have rallied together to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude through the Country Cares program. Our local programming, promotions, and on-air staff work together to effectively convey to listeners the impact the hospital has in communities around the globe," said Clay Hunnicutt, EVP/GM national programming platforms for Clear Channel.

Townsquare Media Collects Over $1 Million for St. Jude

Date Posted: 4/13/2014

Townsquare Media Group raised more than $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the group’s first national Country Cares radiothon on March 6 and 7. Radio listeners from cities across the country, including Atlantic City, N.J; Owensboro, Ky.; Rockford, Ill.; and Tyler, Texas, tuned in to pledge their support to St. Jude by making a donation of $20 per month. During more than 26 hours of radio programming over two days, St. Jude patients shared their stories. Thanks to donations from Townsquare’s loyal listeners, patients’ families will never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

KDXY-FM, KAIT-TV Raise $323,000 to Grant Wishes

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

Saga Communications’ KDXY-FM and Raycom-owned ABC affiliate KAIT-TV Jonesboro, Ark., partnered to host the 16th annual Have-A-Heart Wishathon to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Mid-South Chapter. The Foundation helps to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Together KDXY-FM and KAIT-TV raised more than $323,000. Click here to watch video from the Wishathon.

WTVY-FM Event Raises $107,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

The Radio People’s WTVY-FM Dothan, Ala., held the 13th annual radiothon for the Children’s Miracle Network. The fundraiser supported the local Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham. In total, the event raised more than $107,000, bringing the station’s 13-year total to more than $1 million.

WGKX-FM Raises $308,000 During St. Jude Radiothon

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

> Cumulus-owned WGKX-FM Memphis hosted the station’s 25th anniversary Country Cares Radiothon to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals. The event raised more than $308,000 to support pediatric cancer research. Over the past 25 years, WGKX-FM has raised more than $4.6 million for St Jude.

WNCY-FM Green Bay Collects $204,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

Midwest Communications’ WNCY-FM Green Bay hosted the station’s 17th annual radiothon to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitals. The event raised more than $204,000 for the local St. Jude Hospital. WNCY-FM has raised more than $3.8 million since the radiothon began 17 years ago.

WDXB-FM Benefit Concert Raises $11,000 for St. Jude

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

Clear Channel’s WDXB-FM Birmingham held the "Heartstring for Hope" benefit concert to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on February 25. The sold-out event featured acoustic performances from several local artists and raised more than $11,000 for the local St. Jude Hospital.

KALC-FM Denver Raises $1.87 Million for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

Entercom’s KALC-FM Denver hosted the 13th annual Children’s Miracle Network radiothon to benefit the organization’s local hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. The three-day event broadcast live for 12 hours each day and raised a record-breaking $1.87 million. KALC-FM has raised $14 million for the cause over the past 13 years.

WWMX-FM Collects $886,000 for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

CBS Radio’s WWMX-FM Baltimore hosted the 25th annual radiothon to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. WWMX-FM broadcast live for the two-day event and featured stories from patients, their families and doctors. The radiothon raised more than $886,000. Video from the event is available here.

YMF Media Donates $50,000 to the Youth Development Foundation

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

YMF Media announced it has donated $50,000 to the Youth Development Foundation that Hal Jackson started over 40 years ago. The Foundation awards scholarships and prizes to young women from around the world with performing talents. YMF media President Deon Levingston noted, "Since its inception, the foundation has changed the lives of many talented young women in our community, and donating to something so special to Hal keeps his legacy alive." Past scholarship recipients include Vanessa Williams, Jada Pinkett Smith and Cece Peniston.

KMJO-FM Fargo Raises $8,000 to Support Children’s Miracle Network

Date Posted: 1/22/2014

Midwest Communication’s KMJO-FM Fargo’s 3rd Annual Dine to Donate event, held in January 2014, raised nearly $8,000 for the Sanford Children’s Hospital! All proceeds support special programs for sick and injured children treated at Sanford Children’s including state of the art, high tech medical equipment, research and education for the Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Hospital.

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.

WLKY-TV Raises $64,000 for Adoptions in Louisville

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Hearst’s CBS affiliate WLKY-TV Louisville hosted its 27th annual Wednesday’s Child Adopt-athon to help provide supportive services to children awaiting adoption in Kentucky and further recruitment efforts for adoptive families. The event raised nearly $64,000 and generated 40 calls from prospective adoptive parents. Since 1980, WLKY-TV has helped find permanent homes for more than 4,000 special needs children.

WZID-FM Raises $175,000 for New Hampshire Kids

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Saga Communications’ WZID-FM Manchester, N.H., held its 15th annual "Christmas is for Kids Radiothon," to support the Child and Family Services of New Hampshire, which is dedicated to advancing the well-being of children by providing an array of social services to strengthen family life and by promoting community commitment to the needs of children. The event raised a record-breaking $175,000. The proceeds provided gifts for children this Christmas and critical support for the Child and Family Services’ programs.

Entravision Raises $1.4 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Entravision raised $1.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its 6th annual "Un Million Para Los Niños (One Million for the Children) Radiothon" in December. The three-day radiothon broadcast live from the lobby of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and was aired on numerous stations across the country, from Honolulu to New York City.

CBS Radio Raises $1 Million for Children’s Medical Center

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

CBS Radio partnered with Children’s Medical Center for the "2013 Christmas is for Children Radio." The eighth annual four-day event was supported by CBS Radio and broadcast live on KLUV-FM and KMVK-FM Dallas. The radiothon raised more than $1 million, and all of the funds raised will go to support patient care and hospital programs and services.

CBS Radio Raises $1 Million for Children’s Medical Center

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

CBS Radio partnered with Children’s Medical Center for the "2013 Christmas is for Children Radio." The eighth annual four-day event was supported by CBS Radio and broadcast live on KLUV-FM and KMVK-FM Dallas. The radiothon raised more than $1 million, and all of the funds raised will go to support patient care and hospital programs and services.

Bold Gold Media’s Shower for Charity Event Raises $21,000 for Pennsylvania’s Children

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

< Bold Gold Media’s General Manager Michael Stanton hosted the 12th annual Shower for Charity event to support the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau. In 18 degree weather, Santon showered on Main Street in Honesdale, Pa., for several hours donning nothing but Santa Claus boxers, in the hopes of encouraging listeners to donate money for kids in need during the holiday season. In total, the event raised more than $21,000. To date, the Michael G. Stanton Shower for Charity has raised over $150,000 for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau.

Beasley’s WRDW-FM Collects 300 Bikes for Philly Kids

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Beasley Broadcasting’s WRDW-FM Philadelphia’s Big Philly Show hosted a bicycle drive for local children in early December. Despite heavy snow, the event collected more than 300 bikes, along with $1,800 in donations. All the proceeds were used to purchase a new helmet to accompany each bike.

WMAR-TV Collects 50,000 Toys for Baltimore Kids

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

img src="http://www.nab.org/documents/newsRoom/photos/LTSJanuary2014/wmar.png" width="120" height="90" border="0" align="right"/> Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WMAR-TV Baltimore hosted the 15th annual "ABC2 It’s Kindertime Toy Drive." Throughout December, WMAR-TV set up several toy donation sites throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area and encouraged viewers to drop off new toys for local families in need and for the children of fallen firefighters and police officers. Nearly 50,000 toys were collected and distributed to Maryland kids. Click here to watch video from the toy distribution on December 23.

Clear Channel Augusta Raises $184,000 for Local Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Clear Channel Augusta, Ga., held its 13th annual Care for Kids Radiothon to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. The three-day event featured stories from young patients and their families, along with interviews from doctors and nurses describing the hospital’s lifesaving work. In total, the radiothon raised $184,000. Over the past 13 years, Clear Channel Augusta has raised nearly $1.7 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Service to Children Award for Radio

Date Posted: 1/7/2014

Each year, WGY organizes The WGY Christmas Wish Campaign benefiting children in the Northeast, with a particular attention to critical care services and recreational programs for ill, underprivileged and homeless youths. Though taking place over the winter months, this multi-faceted fundraising effort reaches long and deep to help support local nonprofits in their year-round efforts to improve the lives of children 19 and under. In 2012, the campaign raised more than $94,000, directly benefiting more than 100 nonprofit children’s organizations who applied for grants from WGY. In addition to the administering of these grants, the station’s many activities included online and on-air promotions for the campaign, a live broadcast from a Breakfast with Santa Event, a 240 minute minithon fundraiser highlighting numerous local charities, testimonials and stories of impact and countless hours of support from WGY staff. What began as WGY’s wish has become a sustained and successful mission to fight for our children.

KSL-TV Awarded Service to Children Award for Television

Date Posted: 1/7/2014

In a state ranked last for per-student spending, KSL-TV recognized the great need for public awareness and action around literacy. With the creation of the Read Today grassroots movement, KSL has made great strides in ensuring elementary students read at grade level. Partnering with AmeriCorps, United Way, Prosperity, Scholastic and Reading Tree, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Big O Tires and other community groups, KSL-TV’s mission has already made a tremendous impact in the state. Of the 2,601 students who started the year in Read Today tutoring, 2,043 finished at grade level. Through half hour news shows, weekly literacy stories, PSA campaigns, a Readtoday.com website and helicopter visits to participating schools, 3,689 students are now being tutored by 2,376 volunteers. In addition, $960,000 worth of books were donated to schools and four of the state’s worst 10 scoring schools were moved off of the “worst” list. All were Read Today schools. The KSL initiative is transforming the lives of thousands of students, and indirectly transforming our economy and future.

Radio Broadcast in Lincoln Helps an Abducted Child

Date Posted: 11/12/2013

Three Eagles Communications Group’s KFOR-AM Lincoln, Neb., helped return an abducted child to safety. After a woman heard KFOR-AM’s broadcast about a child’s abduction, she saw a car matching the veichle’s description and called the police. Officers found the kidnapper inside a department store, and brought the child home safely. Lincoln News Director Dale Johnson said this shows how much “we do make a difference.”

WBT-AM Makes Wishes Come True

Date Posted: 11/12/2013

Greater Media’s WBT-AM Charlotte host Keith Larson’s has written a book, "That Season of Hope," to help raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Carolina Panthers’ Keep Pounding Cancer Fund and the March Forth with Hope Foundation. In 2003, a 12-year-old cancer patient, Hope, told the Make-a-Wish Foundation, "I am lucky…I have been to Disney World, swam with the dolphins in Cancun and go to the beach all the time. You say there are 155 kids on the waiting list? Well, my wish is to grant all their wishes, all 155 of them. And to do it just as soon as possible." Larson interviewed Hope on WBT-AM, and his book will continue her legacy of support Make-A-Wish.

WKSE-FM Buffalo Turns a Trick Into a Treat

Date Posted: 11/12/2013

Entercom’s WKSE-FM Buffalo treated four-year-old Cassidy, a little girl who is undergoing chemotherapy for kidney cancer, to a sweet Halloween. After Cassidy’s pumpkins were stolen from her front porch while she was in the hospital for treatment, Cassidy’s mom called WKSE-FM to ask if any advertisers delivered pumpkins. After personality Jud Heussler posted the story online, listeners donated pumpkins. Listen to Heussler talk to Radio Ink about why he loves radio, his connection with the Buffalo community and details on saving Cassidy’s Halloween.

Univision Radio Dallas Raises $762,000 with St. Jude Radiothon

Date Posted: 10/4/2013

Univision Radio’s KLNO-FM Dallas won the coveted St. Jude’s Radio Partner of the Year, Promesa y Esperanza Award for raising $762,000 for the 2013 campaign during the station’s annual radiothon. Over the past 15 years, KLNO-FM has raised more than $6 million for the local hospital. All proceeds go directly to research, patient treatments and hospital costs.

Bold Gold Media’s WDNB-FM Raises $38,000+ for St. Jude

Date Posted: 10/4/2013

Bold Gold Media’s WDNB-FM Liberty, N.Y., hosted the third annual Country Cares for St. Jude’s Kids Radiothon, a fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to help in the fight against childhood cancer. The two-day event, broadcast live on WDNB-FM, raised more than $38,000, with donations from listeners, local businesses and a local casino and raceway.

CBS Radio’s WIP-FM Raises $183,000 for Philadelphia Kids

Date Posted: 10/4/2013

CBS Radio’s WIP-FM Philadelphia teamed with the Philadelphia Eagles to host the two-day Eagles Radiothon. The live broadcast event raised $183,000 for the Eagles Youth Partnership, an organization that supports programs that serve over 50,000 children in the Philadelphia community every year. Marc Rayfield, senior vice president/market manager, CBS Radio Philadelphia, said, "We are proud and fortunate to be able to partner with the Eagles and give back to the community with the help of generous WIP listeners and Eagles fans."

Hubbard’s WTMX-FM Raises $1.4 Million for Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 10/4/2013

Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTMX-FM Chicago hosted the 14th Annual "Eric and Kathy" Radiothon to support the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. With help from several local sports celebrities and area businesses, the 14-hour event raised more than $1.4 million dollars for the hospital. All the proceeds will be used for pediatric research, patient care, education and advocacy efforts. Since 2000, the radiothon has raised more than $23 million for Lurie Children’s Hospital.

KXKT-FM Raises $303,000 During Children’s Miracle Radiothon

Date Posted: 9/10/2013

Clear Channel’s KXKT-FM Omaha, Neb., raised more than $303,000 for Omaha’s Children’s Hospital and Medical Center during the station’s 11th annual Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon. Over the past 11 years KXKT-FM has raised nearly $3 million for the local children’s hospital. All proceeds go directly to the medical center.

WDRC-FM Collects $200,000 for Connecticut Children’s Hospital

Date Posted: 9/10/2013

Buckley Radio-owned WDRC-FM Bloomfield, Conn., held its 11th annual Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Radiothon to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. The three-day live broadcast from the hospital raised more than $200,000. Since 2002, WDRC-FM has collected more than $2.1 million for the hospital.

KAMX-FM Launches 17th Drive to Collect Bikes for Austin Kids

Date Posted: 8/8/2013

ESPN Radio hosted the 9th annual "Don’t Give Up ESPYS V Foundation Auction," which raises money and awareness for The V Foundation for Cancer Research. The on-air and online auction included autographed apparel, footballs, baseballs, basketballs and other sporting "experiences," such as a tour of an ESPN radio station with a radio personality. This year the auction raised more than $781,000. ESPN Radio has raised more than $6.5 million to fund cancer research since the first event.

WOBB-FM, WGEX-FM Raise $58,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

Date Posted: 8/8/2013

Clear Channel’s WOBB-FM and WGEX-FM Albany, Ga., hosted their annual Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon on July 25 and 26. The stations broadcast live from the local Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Georgia, and together raised more than $58,000 for CMN, setting a new record for the yearly event.

WHAS-TV, WHAS-AM Raise $6 Million for Children with Special Needs

Date Posted: 7/8/2013

Belo Corporation’s WHAS-TV and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s WHAS-AM Louisville, KY hosted the annual Crusade for Children. For the second time since the Crusade for Children began 60 years ago, the event raised over $6 million for children with special needs in Kentucky and Indiana. In addition to the event’s telethon, firefighters go door-to-door to collect money in fireman’s boots. Local businesses and civic groups also contribute to the cause.

Emmis’ KPWR-FM All-Star Basketball Team Is a Slam Dunk

Date Posted: 7/8/2013

Emmis Communication’s KPWR-FM Burbank, CA received California’s Small Business Volunteer Program of the Year. Its All-Star Basketball Team raises approximately $400,000 per year ($2 million to date) for Los Angeles area public schools through the games it plays with high school basketball teams. The schools determine the entrance fee, which averages $3-$10, and keep the proceeds. In-game entertainment has included surprise performances from recording artists such as Justin Bieber and Chris Brown. KPWR-FM staff and celebrity guests volunteer 3,000 hours per year to plan and execute the All-Star Basketball Team’s 80 games at 80 different venues.

Hubbard Radio Supports a Teenager’s Dream

Date Posted: 7/8/2013

Hubbard Radio’s KSTP-FM St. Paul staff met Zach, a teenager with osteo-sarcoma, at a radiothon. Market Manager Dan Seeman arranged for a professional recording of Zach’s song "Clouds," which led to a formal signing with BMI. After Zach passed away, "Clouds" reached 26 on the Billboard charts. The Dallas Symphony is doing an arrangement and recording artists are covering the song. "Radio AND the people who work in the industry do really wonderful things and make their communities, the country and the world a little closer and a little better," said Hubbard’s Ginny Morris.

Imus Radiothon Fundraises for Ranch for Kids

Date Posted: 7/8/2013

Cumulus Radio’s WABC-AM New York and the annual Imus Radiothon for The Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer raised $1.3 million this year. Since 1998, 1,000 children with cancer or blood disorders and kids who have lost siblings to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome have experienced the life of a cowboy at the Imus Ranch near Ribera, New Mexico.

WSET-TV Launches Campaign to Fund a Lifesaving Virginia Pediatric Center

Allbritton’s WSET-TV Lynchburg, Vir., has launched the Here to Help Kids campaign to support the local Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital raise funds for an eleven-bed Pediatric Center at Lynchburg General Hospital. WSET-TV has provided extensive coverage of the fundraising effort, developed a Web page on wset.com with additional resources, and created a 3-minute solicitation video to be used for corporate fundraising within the community. Each week, the WSET-TV team meets to discuss ideas and track the progress of the campaign.

KSAS-TV Promotes Art for Arthritis

Newport Television’s Fox affiliate KSAS-TV and MyNetworkTV affiliate KMTW-TV Wichita, Kan., teamed up to promote the second annual Art for Arthritis event on March 10. Fourteen youth arthritis patients each joined a local artist to create artwork including photography, paintings, clay pieces and three-dimensional puzzles for the event. Their work was auctioned off during the Art for Arthritis gathering, with some of the pieces selling for more than $500. In total, the event raised $36,000 for the Arthritis Foundation of Kansas.

KOBI-TV Campaign Uncovers the Effects of Child Abuse in Oregon

California Oregon Broadcasting Inc.’s KOBI-TV Medford, Ore., hosts an ongoing initiative entitled "Don’t Turn Away," which builds awareness of child abuse and its effects to the broader Southern Oregon community. In partnership with the Mail Tribune and the Jackson Country Child Abuse Network, "Don’t Turn Away" provides news coverage of local instances of child abuse, a list of the warning signs in a child of possible abuse, experts’ tips for ending this mistreatment in the community, as well as local resources for seeking help.

Kidd Kraddick Raises $415K For Children’s Trip to Disney

Clear Channel’s Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, in partnership with Southwest Airlines, raised more than $415K in a four hour period. Kidd’s Kids 2011 will take 51 terminally/chronically ill or physically challenged children and their intermediate families to Orlando for five amazing days at Walt Disney World. Donations will cover all expenses: hotel, park passes, meals, transportation, spending money and souvenirs for the 184 children and family members.
Donations came through the Southwest Airlines call center, texting, online and Kidd Kraddick in the Morning’s national affiliate markets. Kraddick will broadcast from Walt Disney World November 17-21 during his annual Kidd’s Kids trip.
Southwest Airlines provides Kidd’s Kids a complimentary aircraft equipped with WiFi and a unique Kidd’s Kids decal, as well as private hangars in Dallas and Orlando. Southwest employees volunteer their time before, during and after the trip. Additional Kidd’s Kids major partners include WDW and Disney Events Group, TeleTouch/Hawk Electronics, Imlach Group/Atlas Van Lines, Swan and Dolphin Hotel, The Orlando Magic, Consolidated Restaurant Operations and Mears Transportation/Hello-Florida.
The Kraddick Foundation was founded in 1991 by Kraddick. The first Kidd’s Kids trip was to Sea World in San Antonio and benefited five families. Due to the generosity of Kidd’s listeners and corporate donations, the program now takes between 40 and 50 families to Walt Disney World each year. Over the years, almost 800 children and their families have attended the Kidd’s Kids trip.

Dave and Jimmy’s ’Radio Tower of Terror’

United Stations Radio Network Syndicated morning duo Dave and Jimmy, heard on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Group’s WNCI-FM Columbus, hosted a charity drive based on Dave’s fear of heights. The morning show asked listeners to donate a dollar to charity for every foot Dave climbed on a radio tower. All money benefited 10-year-old Trinity Russell, who was recently diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer. To watch a video of Dave’s daring climb, click here.

WMAR-TV Hosts Kindertime Toy Drive for Baltimore Children

Scripps’ WMAR-TV Baltimore hosted its annual Kindertime Toy Drive for Maryland families and the children of fallen firefighters and police officers. The drive has helped distribute more than 400,000 toys during its long history. The station encouraged listeners to bring new, unwrapped toys to one of several donation locations. On December 20, a caravan of emergency vehicles picked up the toys and distributed them throughout the community.

Toys for Tots Finds Great Support in North Iowa from New Vision-Owned KIMT-TV

New Vision’s KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa, invited the station’s "Giving Your Best" partners – Diamond Jo Casino and First Citizens National Bank – to support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign during the holiday season. KIMT-TV staff bundled up outside a local Shopko from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting toys for the drive. During those four cold hours staff received 271 toys and several cash donations. Because of the generosity of the viewers in North Iowa, more than 1,000 deserving children had presents under their tree on Christmas morning.

San Antonio’s KAJA-FM Collects More Than $407,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Clear Channel-owned KAJA-FM San Antonio, Texas helped raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a two-day radiothon. The station successfully raised $407,236 during the 28-hour event, which represents an increase of almost $100,000 from KAJA-FM’s total last year. Over the past two years, the San Antonio station has raised more than $714,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Cumulus Media’s Michael Baisden Helps Return Missing Girls

The partnership between the Cumulus Media Networks-syndicated Michael Baisden Show and The Black and Missing Foundation has been directly responsible for finding three missing children in one month. In one recent case, Jhada Clark had been missing for more than a month after her father took her out of state. After the father’s co-workers heard Jhada’s story during the show, they convinced him to turn the missing girl over to local authorities. Jhada was reunited with her mother, Rose Walker.
Baisden’s show highlights a child who is currently missing every day during the show. Details about missing children are also profiled on the show’s website and social media outlets. Listeners learn how to provide information to local law enforcement agencies.

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.

WGN-TV Toy Drive Breaks Record with 25,000+ Toys

Tribune Broadcast Company’s WGN-TV Chicago’s Morning News Drive-Thru Toy Drive celebrated its ninth year and its second tied to American Idol star Jennifer Hudson. This four-hour event featured carolers, Santa and holiday fun as viewers and companies dropped off more than 25,000 toys, a new record for the toy drive. To cap off the event, AT&T made a surprise donation of $10,000 to Hudson’s Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which gives holiday toys to needy children in Chicago. All toys were distributed to children at Drake Elementary School on Christmas Eve.

Cumulus Sends Santa to Dallas Schools

Cumulus Media’s KLIF-FM Dallas delivered over 800 toys to elementary schools kids in disadvantaged neighborhoods around Dallas and Ft. Worth. “Seeing the looks on the faces of those kids through the eyes of Santa Claus is something I’ll never forget,” said News Director Dave Williams, according to NTS Media. “Especially on this particular week in which the news is all about the unimaginable tragedy of Newtown.”

"Miles For Smiles" Telethon Raises Over 1.7 Million Frequent Flier Miles to Help Children

Fisher Communications’ KVAL-TV in Eugene, Ore., recently held its third annual "Miles For Smiles" telethon, to benefit The Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Oregon. Viewers were invited to call with their donations via live broadcasts or donate through the KVAL website before and after the telethon. Seventy-five percent of Oregon wishes are travel-related. KVAL and partner businesses teamed up with The Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Oregon to help bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of children and their families during a time when the families need it most. Thanks to generous viewers, the event raised over 1.7 million frequent flier miles.

NCAB Hosts Celebration for Vietnam Vets

CBS Radio’s WNKS-FM Charlotte recently changed its name to "Victoria 95.1 FM" for a day to honor Victoria Waters. Victoria is a local five year-old girl who was born premature and has been fighting for her life ever since. WNKS-FM’s John Reynold’s noted, "Not only are we naming the station after her for a day in celebration of her strength and courage, but this day is about our listeners who will be able to give back to Levine Children’s Hospital, which has given so much to this community." WNKS-FM’s listeners were invited to make song requests throughout the day in exchange for a donation to the local hospital. In just 12 hours, the station raised more than $18,000.

Dispatch and Clear Channel Team Up to Collect Thousands of Toys and Cash for Ohio Families

Dispatch Broadcasting’s WBNS-TV and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s WCOL-FM Columbus, Ohio, joined The Salvation Army and Walmart for the "A Helping Hand for the Holidays" campaign, which provides toys and food for central Ohio families. WBNS-TV and WCOL-FM promoted the event by asking viewers to donate new, unwrapped toys or cash. One week before Christmas, The Salvation Army converted the Ohio fairgrounds into a toyshop and food pantry with thousands of toys and pounds of food. Click here to watch video of the event.

Scripps Station Collects 8,000 Toys for Cincinnati Kids

Scripps Television’s WCPO-TV Cincinnati collected more than 8,000 toys during its second annual holiday toy drive, which included a one-hour news special. Six local Kroger grocery stores were staffed with two WCPO-TV news anchors and meteorologists, and radio personalities from Cumulus Media’s WGRR-FM and WRRM-FM. The toys were donated to Child Focus, The Salvation Army, Brighton Center and Toys for Tots.

KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM Little Rock Collect 20,000 Toys

iHeartMedia stations KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM Little Rock, Ark. held their 2014 Toy Hill Toy Drive from Dec. 5-7. During the 72-hour toy drive, KMJX-FM and KSSN-FM collected $24,000 and filled three 18-wheel trucks with 20,000 new toys. The donations benefitted the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots Program.

Las Vegas Host Collects $268K and 19 Trucks Full of Toys

CBS Radio’s KLUC-FM Las Vegas held its 14th annual Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive, hoisting morning show host Chet Buchanan up on a 30 foot-high scaffolding. Buchanan stayed there for 12 days to encourage listeners to donate toys and money to benefit HELP of Southern Nevada. In total the drive collected 3,280 bikes, $268,000 in cash and gift cards and 19 trucks full of donated gifts for local children. Click here to watch video from the 12-day event.

Bold Gold’s Market Manager Takes Public Shower for Charity, Raising over $20K

Honesdale, Penn.-based Bold Gold Media Group’s Market Manager Michael Stanton surprised holiday shoppers on December 15 by performing his private bath time dance routines in public as part of the 11th annual Michael G. Stanton Shower for Charity. Wearing nothing but Santa Claus boxers, he showered on Main Street in Honesdale, Penn., in 30 degree temperatures for several hours. The event surpassed the goal of raising $20,000 for the Wayne County Children’s Christmas Bureau, which brings holiday toys to children.

KCAU-TV Collects 800+ Toys for Sioux City Children

Citadel Communications’ KCAU-TV Sioux City, Iowa, held its annual toy drive to benefit The Salvation Army’s Operation Toys program. For a month, viewers were encouraged to donate a new toy to a deserving child. News anchors Tim Seaman and Jenna Rehnstrom were featured in the on-air campaign. With the help of viewers, KCAU-TV collected toys for over 800 families. KCAU-TV has supported Operation Toys for over 20 years.

Journal Broadcasting Collects 19,000+ Toys for Milwaukee Kids

Journal Broadcasting Group’s WTMJ-AM Milwaukee held its 7th annual Kids 2 Kids Christmas campaign, urging parents to take their children shopping to select and purchase toys for less fortunate kids. The Salvation Army distributed the toys to children across southeastern Wisconsin. This year, Kids 2 Kids collected more than 19,000 toys.

Hearst’s WGAL-TV Collects Thousands of Coats and $229,000 for The Salvation Army

Hearst-owned WGAL-TV Lancaster, Penn., recently held the 25th annual "Coats for Kids" coat drive and 18th annual telethon to benefit the local Salvation Army. The exact number of coats donated to The Salvation Army is still being tabulated, but is expected to be in the thousands. WGAL-TV’s telethon also raised $229,000 for the Salvation Army.

KWPK-FM Collects 2,000 Toys for Christmas

By the end of this year’s “104 Hours for Kids” campaign, KWPK-FM in Bend, Ore., had collected more than 2,000 toys, making the holidays brighter for local families who have been hit hard by the economy. For five days, morning show personality Dave Clemens lived in a recreational vehicle where he broadcast live and encouraged listeners to drop off gifts. In addition to airing promotional spots starting two weeks prior to the event, the station used its Web site, Twitter account, and MySpace and Facebook pages to get the community excited about taking part. “It was great to see our listeners come together to support the communities we serve,” said Clemens. “The toys we collected will make a huge difference for less fortunate families this holiday season.”

KOBI-TV and KOTI-TV Combat Meth across Southern Oregon

California Oregon Broadcasting Inc.’s KOBI-TV Medford and KOTI-TV Klamath, Ore., sponsor a year-round initiative, The Southern Oregon Meth Project, which educates local kids about the dangers of methamphetamines and their devastating impact on individuals, families and the community. Based on recent reports, 75 percent of local foster children are being cared for due to parental absence as a result of meth abuse. Eight out of 10 area arrests are also related to the substance. The Southern Oregon Meth Project combats meth through reality-based television series and radio ads. Additionally, KOBI-TV and KOTI-TV staff hold presentations at local schools and air half-hour specials every quarter to assist in the effort. Click here to visit the Southern Oregon Meth Projects’ extensive website.

WRCB-TV Battles Bullying in Chattanooga Debate

WRCB-TV Battles Bullying in Chattanooga Sarkes Tarzian’s WRCB-TV Chattanooga, Tenn. recently launched a six-part series on bullying awareness and prevention, which culminated in a one-hour forum featuring a panel of local experts. The "The Bully Battle" forum aired on WRCB-TV on Saturday, May 19 and was rebroadcast the next day on Chattanooga’s PBS affiliate. The entire program is now available online. WRCB-TV has been dedicated to running stories on the issue over the past years, in an effort to reduce the number of children affected by bullying. To learn more about WRCB-TV’s "The Bully Battle" click here.

Belo’s K.GW-TV Portland Provides Toys to More Than 100 Regional Nonprofit Agencies

Belo’s NBC Affiliate KGW-TV Portland collected nearly 45,000 toys for children during the 2010 holiday season as part of the station’s annual "KGW Great Toy Drive." KGW-TV and its partners distributed the presents to more than 100 local nonprofit agencies that serve tens of thousands of children in the Portland area. DJ Wilson, KGW NewsChannel 8 president and general manager noted, "The generosity of our community in this time of need and the incredible resources our partners brought to the toy drive [was] truly exceptional."

Medford’s KTVL-TV Helps Viewers Give without Expecting Anything in Return

Freedom Broadcasting-owned KTVL-TV Medford, Ore., joined Grange Co-Op and Wendy’s Restaurants for the 3rd annual Community Toy Drive, which collected more than 3,000 new toys valued at more than $30,000. KTVL-TV’s event helped to insure that every child in Medford would receive at least one gift during the Christmas holiday. "It is so heart-warming to see such tremendous generosity in these difficult times," said KTVL-TV’s General Manager Kingsley Kelley. "We can all be very proud to live in communities where people are so willing to give when there is a need, without expecting anything in return."

Nicolet Broadcasting Promotes Classroom Innovation in Wisconsin Schools

Nicolet Broadcasting Inc. will kick off its annual "Technology to the Classrooms" spring campaign on its four Door County, Wis., radio stations, WBDK-FM, WRLU-FM, WRKU-FM and WSBW-FM. Nicolet has partnered with area Rotary Clubs and others to host a series of presentations in which school officials explain the need for new technology in local schools. During the programs, partners sell raffle tickets for a $3,500 flat screen television, with proceeds going to fund new technology. Nicolet hopes "Technology to the Classrooms" will educate the public and support schools’ efforts to innovate.

Wichita’s Big Brother and Big Sisters Enjoy an Evening of Basketball on KSAS-TV

Newport TV-owned KSAS-TV Wichita, Kan., joined the local Big Brothers Big Sisters in providing 10 mentors and their "littles" with free tickets to a local Wichita State University (WSU) basketball game. During the game, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program was spotlighted on the scoreboard in a video for the organziation’s new "Start Something" campaign. All fans at the game had the chance to text and win an autographed WSU Shocker jersey. More than 350 texts were recieved, with 100 individuals opting to learn more about becoming a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

KBBK-FM Listeners Take a Dip in Icy Omaha Waters for Special Olympics

NRG Media’s KBBK-FM, Omaha, Neb., will sponsor the annual Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics on February 26, 2011. The "bone-chilling" event invites participants to collect pledges from their families and friends for plunging into the icy waters in Omaha. All the event proceeds support more than 4,000 athletes who are involved in the Special Olympics Nebraska.

Coats for Kids Continues to Keep Green Bay’s Children Warm

Cumulus Broadcasting joined LIN Media’s WLUK-TV Green Bay, Wis., and the Salvation Army to collect new and used coats for needy children across Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The annual Coats for Kids campaign enjoyed another successful drive as approximately 11,349 coats were collected throughout the area. Click here to view WLUK-TV’s coverage of the campaign.

Delicious Chili Cooks Up Cash for Mississippi Kids at KLSM-FM Competition

The Radio People-owned KLSM-FM Vicksburg, Miss., held an annual Chili for Children competition, a fundraising event aimed at assisting the abused, neglected and homeless children of Warren County and surrounding areas. "We jumped at the chance to cook up something fun to raise money for our local children’s shelter," said Deloris Evans, KLSM-FM’s sales manager. Local celebrities were also on hand for the contest including Patrick House winner of NBC’s "The Biggest Loser," and CNN Top 10 Local Hero Linda Fondren. More than 20 teams participated in the chili cook-off which raised $4,000, shattering KLSM-FM’s previous record of $2,400.

Buzzy and the WBQB-FM Team Host Monthly Reading Series for Virginia Children

The "Chris and Dee in the Morning Show" on Centennial Broadcasting’s WBQB-FM Fredericksburg, Va., hosts a monthly reading series featuring Buzzy, the station’s bee mascot. Buzzy and the B-crew joined Chris and Dee at the Spotsylvania Towne Centre to read stories with local children. The monthly event is a free program that engages children in reading and serves as a family-friendly outing for area parents and their kids.

WWST-FM Radiothon Draws $200,000 for Knoxville Children’s Hospital

Journal Broadcast Group-owned WWST-FM Knoxville, Tenn., held a radiothon recently for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The event was hosted by the station’s morning show, "Mac and Kim and Frank in the Morning," and aired live from the local West Town Mall from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. In just 12 hours, WWST-FM raised $227,226 in funds that will be used to purchase equipment to help Children’s Hospital care for its patients.

WOI-TV, KCAU-TV Telethon Raises More Than $3 Million for Children’s Charities

Citadel Communications-owned WOI-TV, Des Moines/Ames, Iowa, KCAU-TV, Sioux City, Iowa and WHBF-TV, Rock Island, Ill., combined to host the 37th Annual Variety Telethon in March, raising $3,016,441 to support the local children’s charity. Since its inception on WOI-TV in 1975, the Variety Telethon has raised more than $84 million. Through the generous support of individuals and the corporate community, the Variety telethon has provided funding for capital projects, essential medical equipment and special programs to more than 300 charities throughout Iowa and neighboring states and has put more than 400 "Sunshine Coaches" on the road transporting children to new adventures.

WHBF-TV Raises $3 Million for Children’s Charities

Citadel Communications-owned WOI-TV, Des Moines/Ames, Iowa, KCAU-TV, Sioux City, Iowa and WHBF-TV, Rock Island, Ill., combined to host the 37th Annual Variety Telethon in March, raising $3,016,441 to support the local children’s charity. Since its inception on WOI-TV in 1975, the Variety Telethon has raised more than $84 million. Through the generous support of individuals and the corporate community, the Variety telethon has provided funding for capital projects, essential medical equipment and special programs to more than 300 charities throughout Iowa and neighboring states and has put more than 400 "Sunshine Coaches" on the road transporting children to new adventures.

WSBT-TV Hosts "I Love To Read Challenge"

Shurz Communications-owned WSBT-TV Mishawaka, Ind., has been committed to supporting the teachers, students and parents in its viewing area since 1997 in their challenge to improve and encourage reading skills for young people. WSBT’s "I Love To Read Challenge" is an annual month-long reading contest that has become an anticipated event among elementary schools in the area. Teachers from across WSBT’s viewing area register their classrooms, and students are then supplied with daily log sheets to track how many minutes they spend reading each day. Several schools are featured daily, and parents, teachers, students, friends and family are encouraged to vote online and by phone for their school. Every day, the winning school receives a visit from one of WSBT’s news anchors who talks with the kids about the importance of education and the joy of reading. The winning classroom is also featured on the evening newscast.

KUAD-FM Raise $105,000 to Fight Child Abuse

In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, the "K99 Good Morning Guys," Brian and Todd from KUAD-FM in Windsor, Colo., stayed on-air for 28 hours straight for their 10th annual "28 Hours of Hope" radiothon. The event raised more than $105,000, which went directly to local community organizations that work to end child abuse and provide aid to abused children in northern Colorado. Just as importantly, the radiothon raises awareness about the prevention of this all too real problem, providing information for abusers to seek the help they need. Highlights of the event include celebrity country western recording artists calling in to give their support. Station staff dedicated 150 hours to the planning and execution of the event. In a letter to the station, one listener wrote "You guys reach so many people and raise awareness so much every year with your ‘28 Hours of Hope.’ Thank you for helping those who are too young to help themselves, and even more, for getting the word out there so other people can help them, too." KUAD was a National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award finalist in 2008.

WTNH-TV Airs Special on "Kids that Make a Difference"

WTNH-TV in New Haven, Conn., turned its cameras on the community’s youngest volunteers for its "Kids that Make a Difference" primetime special. The 30-minute program, hosted by a WTNH talent, told the stories of children ages 10 to 18 who are raising awareness of important issues and organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the March of Dimes and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The special was promoted with recorded promotional announcements, an email announcement, a press release, a newspaper ad and an interview on a local AM radio station the morning of the special. "Connecticut is filled with children who give back to their communities," says Mary Lee Weber, director of community development for WTNH. Because of the station’s efforts, many viewers are now aware of that.

WDRC-FM Raises $200,000 for Children’s Medical Center

Once again, WDRC-FM in Bloomfield, Conn., raised more than $200,000 to benefit the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center during its annual Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon. The three-day fundraiser aired live from the medical center’s cafeteria, where interviews with patients, families and staff provided a glimpse of the phenomenal impact the center has on the health of Connecticut’s children. Many of the station’s on-air personalities took part, including morning show hosts John "Cadillac" Saville and Marianne O’Hare. More than 250 promotional announcements were aired leading up to the event, and the station’s Web site acted as a gateway to a special site where listeners could make donations online and listen to podcasts of interviews. Since it began in 2003, WDRC’s radiothon has generated more than $840,000 in donations. The money raised goes toward the purchase of sophisticated medical equipment and supports special programs at the medical center. "WDRC-FM and their listening audience are extraordinary people," said Martha Schall, vice president of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation. "Their generosity is an inspiration to everyone at Connecticut Children’s."

WLJA-FM Supports Toys for Tots

WLJA-FM in Jasper, Ga., went above and beyond in its 2007 Toys for Tots Campaign, which spanned 18 counties and involved three different Marine Corps jurisdictions in two states. WLJA committed all available on-air and human resources to the campaign. In addition to airing more than 300 custom promotional announcements over a six-week period, WLJA provided six live remote broadcasts and dedicated two public affairs programs to the drive. The station also put up a billboard on a prominent highway to promote the campaign. To further encourage donations, the station arranged for Santa to make special appearances at Toys for Tots events. To collect as many toys as possible, WLJA staff supplied and maintained drop boxes in locations not covered by the Marine districts. Staff picked up and distributed these toys to the appropriate agencies. WLJA even turned its own studios into a toy drop-off location. At the end of the campaign, the Marines and affiliated agencies informed WLJA that every request for a toy was able to be filled, due in large part to the generosity of the WLJA listeners and WLJA’s support.

WGCL-TV is Media Sponsor for Make-A-Wish Event

Evan Thompson had a wish very close to the heart of the staff at WGCL-TV in Atlanta, Ga. The child with neuroblastoma wanted his own television show. WGCL lent the use of its studio, and with the help of Make-A-Wish, Thompson’s dream came true. As media sponsor for all local Make-A-Wish events, WGCL has a hand in bringing hope and joy to many young Atlantans. Public service announcements, live remotes, news stories, Web site support and staff participation in Make-A-Wish events are all part of the partnership. The station aids with fundraising by promoting the annual Celebration of Wishes Gala on the air. This past year, anchor Bill Gaines emceed the event, which raised $350,000. During the holiday season, the station participated in the "Stories of Light Wish-A-Thon," a five-day news campaign, which allowed children to tell their wish stories and encouraged viewers to visit the station Web site and donate to the foundation. Money raised goes toward the 400 wishes planned this coming year for local children. "A dedicated and dynamic media partner to Make-A-Wish, WGCL has effectively spread the word about our wish children," said Chandra McLean, communications and marketing manager for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama. "We have received numerous emails and phone calls from people in the community who have been motivated to share the power of a wish after tuning in to WGCL and watching children’s dreams become reality."

KNIN-TV Boise Produces Award-Winning PSA for Northwest Children’s Home

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The creativity of staff at KNIN-TV in Boise, Idaho, provided Northwest Children’s Home with an award-winning public service announcement (PSA), which uses animation to show the safe haven the organization represents for troubled girls. These animated drawings have become the "face" of the group’s brand. The detailed process of creating the PSA started with the station arranging for still photos to be taken of models; these photos were tranformed into line drawings and, finally, animation accompanied by a voiceover that explains what the organization does and how the community can support it. The station has played the PSA year-round for three years, updating it as needed. In the upcoming year, when the children’s home celebrates its 100th year, the station will provide 30-second spots that feature the achievement. Northwest Children’s Home also receives inclusion of its events and fundraisers on the station’s community calendar and a link to the organization from the station’s Web site.

KCVM-FM Cedar Falls Provides Vacations for Families of Terminally Ill Kids

During the past nine years, KCVM-FM in Cedar Falls, Iowa, sent 116 families of chronic or terminally ill children on an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. Magical Mix Kids, a charity founded by the station and operated by its staff, fundraises throughout each year to fly more than a dozen families to Disney World. A doctor and nurse travel with the family to provide health care. In 2007, nearly $80,000 was raised through an auction attended by 600 guests, a chili cook-off and donations from listeners and clients. Station staff put more than 400 hours of work into organizing and managing the fundraisers. Nearly three dozen community members volunteered beside them. The result: huge smiles from 16 families who visited Disney World, many pairs of Mickey Mouse ears and unforgettable memories. In a thank-you letter Bob Harms, a parent of a Magical Mix Kid, said to the station:, "Thanks, a million times again, for the best six days of Ronald’s life. It was a trip of a lifetime for that little man." The station has been recognized by the Waterloo Exchange Club with a Golden Book of Deeds award and was a 2008 National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award winner.

WISH-TV Indianapolis Launches Year-Long "Eye on Kids" Program

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Putting children first, WISH-TV of Indianapolis, Ind., kicked off a year-long program called "Eye on Kids" that quickly became an umbrella campaign to assist community leaders with issues regarding parents and schools, juvenile courts and law enforcement, the health care system and more. The station produced a wide range of programs as part of the comprehensive effort, including two one-hour primetime specials featuring experts discussing childhood obesity, bullying and the importance of role models. "Kids Count Minutes" offered weekly, 60-second educational health tips ranging from childhood obesity to the health benefits of good sleep habits. Special programming encouraged reading, and there was a "Back to School Family Day" to help underserved children get ready for the school year with everything from immunizations to school supplies. The station’s "Day of Caring" helped improve the safety and quality of a local early development center with a one-day volunteer blitz. The weekly "Eye on Kids News Reports" gave viewers a more complete understanding of legal issues affecting children. Overall in the 12 months, WISH helped organize and support 36 community-based efforts focused on children and raised more than $500,000 for children’s organizations.

WDCG-FM Partners with Make-a-Wish Foundation

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Each year, WDCG-FM in Raleigh, N.C., partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina for its biggest fundraiser of the year. During the "Pennies From Heaven Radiothon," all regular programming is suspended as on-air personalities Bob and The Showgram open the phone lines to pledges. Other on-air talent and staff deliver feeds from remote locations. The day-long event features live interviews with wish children and their families, local celebrities and volunteers. Raffle items and an online auction supported by the station’s Web site help to raise additional funds. In 2007, WDCG also organized a "Bob and The Showgram’s Pigs ‘N Punkins" event in support of the foundation. Barbequing, face painting and pumpkin carving made for good family fun and another opportunity to help ill children. The station promoted the event on-air for a month and sent emails to its G105 Insiders Club. Station staff contributed nearly 300 hours between the two events, and donations to Make-A-Wish exceeded $280,000 for the year, a record amount. Many wishes have been granted because of the success of the radiothon’s 14-year run.

WKLB-FM Raises $2.3 Million for St. Jude

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For 13 years, WKLB-FM in Boston, Mass., has made it clear that "Country Cares for Kids." Each year, the country station produces an annual two-day radiothon to help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provide treatment to children suffering from pediatric cancer, pediatric AIDS and other childhood diseases. The $2.3 million raised by WKLB’s "Country Cares for St. Jude Kids" radiothon in the past three years has supported St. Jude in its mission to make sure no child in need of treatment is turned away, regardless of ability to pay. It also has supported research that is shared across the globe and benefits children treated both at St. Jude and in New England. All regular programming is suspended for the event, which the station produces off-site to allow for a special broadcast stage, phone bank and performance stage used for local and national artists. A month-long public service campaign about the hospital and the event leads up to the radiothon. The station also uses its Web site to conduct online auctions to raise additional funds. Items are secured through the music industry and local celebrities. Throughout the year, WKLB personalities are involved with additional fundraising events for St. Jude and are active on the Radio Advisory Board of St. Jude Hospital. In the past 10 years, the station has raised close to $5 million to help ill children receive potentially lifesaving care.

KULR-TV Donates $18,00 in Airtime to Toys for Tots

Every year, KULR-TV in Billings, Mont., works with the Marine Corps to make sure needy children in the area have a gift to open on Christmas morning. During the 14-year partnership, the local Toys for Tots campaign has significantly grown. From Thanksgiving to the week before Christmas, the station donates more than $18,000 in airtime just in promotions about toy drop-off locations. News stories highlight campaign progress and types of toys still needed, and public service announcements feature news talent and Marine coordinators. For one day, the news crew travels to drop-off locations throughout the area, reporting back to viewers through dozens of live cut-ins. Donated toys are displayed on the news set, and anchors encourage people to get involved at the end of each newscast. This encouragement goes a long way. In 2007, the campaign collected 17,000 toys and nearly $10,000. "For a kid, a toy can represent hope and the magic of Christmas," said U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brian Dixon. "Without the support of KULR, Toys for Tots in Billings probably wouldn’t come anywhere close to achieving the success we have."

KSEN-AM and KZIN-FM Raised $16,500 for Special Olympics

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Mayors, local celebrities, highway and border patrol agents, and announcers from KSEN-AM and KZIN-FM in Shelby, Mont., took turns being hoisted by a crane to scaffolding above the station studio to raise money for the Special Olympics. Money from the stunt, which has been repeated several times over the past seven years, goes to support dozens of local Special Olympians at the games. In 2008, KSEN’s "Stand Up for Special Olympics" event raised $16,500, an amount well over its goal. The station invites the town of 10,000 people to be a part of the fun with a promotional campaign involving recorded spots and talk by the station’s announcers. To bring the excitement surrounding the games to all, KSEN also provides listeners with reports from the Special Olympics Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run, where hundreds of law enforcement representatives run beside Special Olympians in a 2,000 mile relay throughout the state, concluding at the opening ceremonies in Great Falls.

WJLB-FM Broadcasts "Coats for Kids" Radiothon

A partnership between WJLB-FM in Detroit, Mich., and the Salvation Army keeps kids warm throughout the winter months. Last November, the "Coats for Kids Radiothon" broadcast live for two days from the Phoenix Theatre Bel-Air Center, where hip-hop and recording artist stars made special appearances for the donation drive’s 25th anniversary. In addition to 21 hours of radiothon broadcast, the station ran hundreds of promotional spots and gave Coats for Kids a homepage presence on the station’s Web site. Staff involvement totaled 150 hours. "We couldn’t be happier with the tremendous support from WJLB, our radiothon partners and the community," said Maj. Norman Marshall, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. "This outpouring of generosity means more children will be able to stay warm during the cold months." The campaign brought in 500 donated coats and $80,000 toward the purchase of thousands of additional coats.

Radio Raises $56,000 to End Child Abuse

For the 19th year, four-time Crystal Award winner KBHP-FM, KKZY-FM and KLLZ-FM in Bemidji, Minn., supported the 24-hour "Radiothon to End Child Abuse." The event, which took place in December 2007, set a record by raising more than $56,000. The radiothon begins with a live broadcast from a local mall where there are informational booths for parents, free child identification kits and child finger printing services from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Department. In addition, families gather for live music, games and entertainment. "Groups proudly bring in their collected donations, and we invite them to tell how they raised the money on air," said broadcast group owner Mary Campbell. "There are many special stories of how the community becomes a part of the radiothon. It seems to get better and bigger each year." The fundraising continues with a "Pizza Night" emceed by a KBHP announcer and concludes back at the stations. Intervention experts record messages that are repeatedly aired each hour of the radiothon to help increase awareness. Since the radiothon’s beginning, more than $660,000 has been raised to end child abuse. The funds go to four local county child abuse prevention agencies and one statewide organization, Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota.

WJKK-FM $350,000 for the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children

The support of WJKK-FM in Ridgeland, Miss., and seven sister stations throughout the central part of the state, helped make miracles happen for children in need of medical care. In its seventh year, the "Mississippi Miracles Radiothon" generated more than $350,000 for the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, which treats more than 150,000 kids each year. The money will go toward new state-of-the-art equipment and research to ensure Mississippi’s children have the best possible medical care available to them. Together in force, the stations broadcast live from the hospital lobby, where doctors, nurses, children and families are interviewed about the lifesaving work of the hospital. During the 39-hour, three-day event, on-air personalities ask their viewers to call in pledges. Money raised by the radiothon in previous years made it possible for the hospital to finish a two-story addition that houses the state’s only surgical facility designed specifically for children.

Radio Brings Holiday Cheer for 1,300 Children

Over the years, WOKK-FM, WJXM-FM, WKZB-FM and WMLV-FM in Meridian, Miss., have made it possible for thousands of children in need to unwrap shiny, new gifts on Christmas Day. The stations support the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree by reading the Christmas wishes of a child on the air every hour of broadcast during the months of November and December. Listeners are asked to be a child’s angel by calling in to the station and agreeing to provide the items on one child’s wish list from the tree. By the end of the campaign, the stations are filled with bicycles, clothing and toys. In a single year, the effort helped make the holiday special for 1,300 children. "If it wasn’t for WOKK and its sister stations, all of my angels wouldn’t have been adopted," said Maj. Helene Wildish of the Meridian Salvation Army. "They go on air, and people just respond."

Radio Raises $85,000 for Children’s Miracle Network

Together, four radio stations, a four-state broadcast area and a four-day radiothon are a powerful combination, which is why KSYN-FM, KJMK-FM, KXDG-FM and KIXQ-FM in Joplin, Mo., use it every year for the "Miracles on 32nd Street Radiothon." The fundraiser benefits children in the area needing medical services through the Children’s Miracle Network. Hosted by station personalities, the broadcast lasts for 32 hours and involves $69,000 of donated airtime among the four stations. The radio group’s ability to tell the story of local children and families who have benefited from Children’s Miracle Network earned them a Foresters Award for best radiothon montage. Of the more than $85,000 raised by the effort in 2007, every penny stayed locally to provide medical supplies, from wheelchair ramps to hearing aid sets, for families who couldn’t otherwise afford them.

KUSO-FM Raises $143,000 for St. Jude’s

KUSO-FM in Norfolk, Neb., broadcasts to a small town with a big heart. The community of 25,000 raised $143,000 during the two-day local St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Radiothon in 2007. As the sponsor of this event for the past eight years, the station always dedicates the fundraiser to Makayla, a local toddler who lost her battle to cancer but whose life was extended by treatment at St. Jude’s. In addition to the radiothon, the station’s idea to compile and sell a local-edition cookbook has become an annual event in support of St. Jude’s. Listeners submit their favorite recipes and the best of the best appear in "Cooking for Kids." Every year, the publication sells out. At St. Jude’s request, the station has presented to other media and organizations about "Cooking for Kids," which is now being duplicated as a fundraiser in other parts of the country.

KRJC-FM and KTSN-AM Hosts "Trick or Treat Street"

For 20 years, little ghosts and goblins have enjoyed "Trick or Treat Street," a safe Halloween celebration organized by KRJC-FM and KTSN-AM in Elko, Nev. Inside the Elko Convention Center, dozens of doors are set up to allow children an old-fashioned trick or treat experience. The festival atmosphere boasts painting and clowns, as well as safety demonstrations from police officers about seat belt use and healthy meal information from a nutritionist. The stations use public service announcements filled with spooky noises and funny voices to get word out to all families in town. To make sure every child has the chance to participate, the stations also send posters to schools in the area in both English and Spanish. Proceeds from the event go to the Elko Police Athletic League (PAL), a nonprofit organization providing sports programs for youth. "Treat or Treat Street" is PAL’s only annual fundraising event. The 2007 festivities brought in $15,000 for the organization.

WLNH-FM Raised a Record $235,000 in its Children’s Auction

Every December, WLNH-FM in Gilford, N.H., raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local organizations that help the youngest members of the community. The 2007 holiday season marked the 25th anniversary of the WLNH Children’s Auction, which brought in a record $235,000. The auction airs live for five days and has generated more than $1.2 million for charities in the Lakes Region since its inception. The Greater Lakes Child Advocacy Center and Moultonborough Children’s Christmas Fund are just two of the many organizations that have benefited. Leading up to the auction, the station runs public service announcements and sends out press releases. In the months following the auction, the station airs stories as money is distributed to local organizations. The event inspires community-wide action year after year, including numerous fire departments heading out with boots to collect donations. The event requires more than 500 volunteers and is planned by its 50 member WLNH Auction Committee, which includes station staff and community leaders. This past December, Mayor Lahey proclaimed December 10 WLNH Children’s Auction Day in the city of Laconia.

WDHA-FM and WMTR-AM Create "Kids Who Rock" Program

Making sure children who have already done something extraordinary in their short lives get recognized, WDHA-FM and WMTR-AM in Cedar Knolls, N.J., created an annual "Kids Who Rock" program. Each year, parents, teachers and neighbors are invited to nominate children who are making a difference in the lives of others. Every Friday, for a 10-week period, the stories of two "Kids Who Rock" are read on-air by morning show personalities and then posted on the station Web site. Listeners have learned about kids who saved a life, young people who raise funds for our deployed troops, and children who donate time each week to help out others. The stations contacted schools of kids who were being featured, and some principals played the segment over the intercom. The program is supported by promotional announcements and newspapers ads taken out by both stations. At the end of the 10 weeks, all 20 "Kids Who Rock," along with their parents and the people who nominated them, are honored at a dinner awards gala. At the 2007 gala, WDHA and WMTR also raised money for the Special Olympics of New Jersey through a silent auction.

KOAT-TV Collect 230,000 Coats for Kids

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More than 230,000 children have been protected from cold winter weather as a result of a 19-year effort by KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, N.M. The station’s "KOATS for Kids" project has reached needy children throughout New Mexico. Each year, the station partners with a local cleaner and the New Mexico Army National Guard to ensure donated coats are cleaned and transported across the state. In 2007, the station ran 750 promotional announcements and distributed informational posters about the program. In addition, newscasts throughout December helped direct viewers to drop-off points and provided a toll-free number for assistance with donating or receiving a coat. "On behalf of our students and parents, I would like to sincerely thank you for your assistance in providing winter jackets to some of our wonderful children," wrote Dr. Patricia Rael, superintendent of Belen Consolidated Schools, in a letter to the station. "You all truly reflect and have advanced the spirit of caring that the ‘KOATS for Kids’ program has come to represent."

KYFR-TV Partners with Charity Bike Race

In the four years KFYR-TV in Bismarck, N.D., has supported the MedcenterOne Great American Bike Race, a fundraiser for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and their families, the stationary-bike race has grown six-fold. "There is absolutely no doubt that having local broadcaster KFYR pick up the race has given us visibility and a leg up," said Race Director Bruce Klootwyk. The race is the largest single fundraiser for cerebral palsy. In the weeks leading up to the race, KFRY runs news segments on the families helped by the fundraiser nearly every night. A one-hour live broadcast the day of the race, which includes a mini-telethon, is aired both on KFRY and simulcast on three satellite stations. In 2007, 890 riders pedaled a combined 7826.58 miles to raise $182,000. All money from the race is raised and distributed locally.

KTMC-FM Raises Money for March of Dimes

The cold and snow don’t stop Kevin Dean, morning personality on KTMC-FM in McAlester, Okla., from camping out on top of a building in the dead of winter to raise money for the March of Dimes. For the past five years, Dean has been taken by crane to a makeshift rooftop campsite on a day in January. From this high perch, he broadcasts the morning show, staying put until he meets his fundraising goal. To accept donations from listeners, he lowers a bucket. In 2008, Dean camped out for two days, bringing in $12,000 to help the March of Dimes further its goal of improving infant health. For two months before the event, representatives from the March of Dimes were guests at least twice each week on the daily talk show of KNED-AM, sister station to KTMC. All four McAlester Radio stations promoted the event and gave listeners updates on Dean’s progress throughout the campout.

WBEB-FM Hosts Multiple Holiday Drives

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For the past 12 years, from the second week of November through the holidays, WBEB-FM in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., and its listeners have shown what the season of giving is all about. This past year, the "WBEB Stockings for Kids Holiday Program," which started with just a collection box in a mall, brought in 110,000 toys as well as cash contributions for a grand total of $2.2 million in donations. Known for playing Christmas music for a full month straight, the station inspires the holiday spirit throughout its six-week "Stockings for Kids" effort. The program, which benefits disadvantaged children throughout the area and is coordinated through the Salvation Army, is operated, funded and promoted by the station. Recorded announcements, mentions throughout live programming and staffing events at drop-off sites are all part of the deal. The program has been recognized locally with an A.I.R. Award for Community Outreach and was a National Association of Broadcasters’ Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

WLTX-TV Fills Six Buses for Christmas

Around the holidays, viewers of WLTX-TV in Columbia, S.C.,donate toy after toy until six buses are crammed full and ready for Santa’s delivery. Every year, the station’s "Stuff-A-Bus" toy drive makes sure thousands of needy children receive Christmas presents. On two Fridays in December, the station arranges for city transit buses to be stationed at three separate collection sites from which the station airs live cut-ins throughout the day. Last year, the station’s main anchor and sports reporter started a "Bike Challenge." Viewers were asked to donate a bike at the drive location of their favorite on-air talent, which resulted in bragging rights for the main anchor and hundreds of shiny, new two-wheelers for the children. To get word out, the station teams with Clear Channel radio stations in the area. Together, the stations launch an extensive promotional campaign a month before the drive, including public service announcements featuring families that have been helped by the effort in past years. On the days of the drive, a "homepage takeover" occurs on the WLTX Web site, where all banner ads are replaced by promotions for "Stuff-A-Bus."

KSFY-TV Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Each year, "Hot Harley Nights," supported by KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, S.D., keeps getting hotter. The signature event raises funds for the South Dakota Make-A-Wish Foundation and has grown significantly during its 12-year history. In total, "Hot Harley Nights" has brought in $1.2 million, enough to grant hundreds of children’s wishes. Tens of thousands of community members from the station’s three-state broadcast region attend the festivities, benefiting both the charity and local tourism. The station produces and airs special news segments and public service announcements to draw the crowds. Events take place for three days and include a parade, bike show, live music, silent auction, raffles, a casino run and a large outdoor party. Last year, more than 40,000 people gathered for the festivities, raising more than $180,000 to allow children facing terminal illnesses a day to just be a kid.

WJHL-TV Serves as Main Sponsor for Tri-Cities March for Babies

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As the main media sponsor, WJHL-TV in Johnson City, Tenn., helped make the 2007 Tri-Cities March for Babies a success. The walk raised $198,000 dollars for the March of Dimes to help further its goal of making sure every baby is born healthy. The station produced and aired public service announcements to inspire community members to walk for a good cause. In addition, the director of the March of Dimes was interviewed on the station’s morning show, and Sarah Diamond, WJHL’s medical reporter and anchor, served as emcee for the event. "We have a long history of both corporate and personal support from the personnel of WJHL," said Suzzi Cocklin, senior community director of the Appalachia Division of the March of Dimes. "Volunteers and community involvement are the backbone of the success of the March of Dimes, and WJHL is the essential resource necessary to provide heightened visibility within our local community."

KASE-FM Supports March of Dimes Walk America

Participants in the March of Dimes Walk America were treated to three country music stops along the course, compliments of KASE-FM in Austin, Texas. A big supporter of the organization and its local chapter, the station also provided more than 300 minutes of promotional announcements about the walk and conducted a live interview with the March of Dimes executive director and a mother who experienced the tragic loss of a child due to premature birth. Online, the station created a designated Web page for the event, including the ability to join the KASE staff and listener team, streamed 300 minutes of promotion for the event, and sent out an email blast to its "VIP Club" members. Taking the title as the largest event in the walk’s history, the event raised $857,000 in a single day.

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.

WJJQ-AM/FM Supports Child-centered Activities

The community’s children are at the heart of a longtime partnership between WJJQ-AM/FM in Tomahawk, Wis., and the Tomahawk Optimist Club. Each year, the station sponsors an "Optimist Club Radio Day," where proceeds from advertising are given to the club to help support its many child-centered activities. The ads sold for the fundraiser feature members of the Optimist Club, many in their 80s or older. To help raise awareness, the station runs news stories and promotions about the club and the event starting seven weeks in advance. Since the beginning of the "Radio Day" campaign more than two decades ago, about $50,000 has been raised to support the youngest members of Tomahawk. "WJJQ is at the very heart of the community," said Allan Prosser, president of the Tomahawk Optimist Club. "When we combine our efforts, we are able to raise thousands of dollars in this small town that is then returned to the community to provide for our youth. That is how we kept this community growing."

KTVK-TV Collects 350 toys and $27,000

Nearly 50,000 children whose families live below the federal poverty level had a gift to unwrap last Christmas morning thanks to the work of KTVK-TV in Phoenix, Ariz., and The Salvation Army. The two organizations began their annual Christmas Angel program 23 years ago. Now more than two decades later, the program places Christmas trees with the wishes of needy children in 11 malls, mobilizes more than 5,000 volunteers, and serves tens of thousands of children. To sustain the five-week campaign, which is considered the largest of its kind in the country, KTVK commits more than $1.25 million in station resources. This past winter, when angel tags were still unclaimed toward the end of the campaign, KTVK put together a one-day broadcast, “The Forgotten Angel Toy Drive,” bringing in an additional 350 toys and $27,000. “The community support for this program is truly amazing,” said Nick Nicholson, president and general manager. “It is one of those programs that is a holiday tradition for many valley families. Our employees even get in on the action by volunteering, sorting toys in the Christmas Angel warehouse and taking tags from an Angel Tree located in our lobby.” Since the program’s inception, KTVK viewers have donated more than 1 million toys.

WQYK-AM/FM Raises $327,000 for St. Jude

Raising awareness and funds to help children fight cancer and other catastrophic illnesses comes easy to WQYK-AM/FM in Tampa, Fla. The stations held their annual "St. Jude Kids Radiothon," a two-day event that included live broadcasts, music and on-air personalities discussing how even small donations add up to make a big difference in the lives of those affected by pediatric cancer. This year, the station’s efforts raised $327,000. The money helps provide medical treatment to children who come to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from the immediate area, as well as nationally. The stations’ 19-year total for the radiothon tops $5.5 million. Operations Manager Mike Culotta says the effort is a success because "everybody at the station works together as a team." The radiothon is part of the thousands of minutes WQYK provides to local charities, community projects and awareness campaigns each year.

KUDL-FM Delivers 30,000 Valentine Cards to Local Hosptial

Kids at Children’s Mercy Hospital and elderly in nursing homes had reason to smile last February when the morning show from KUDL-FM in Mission, Kan. delivered more than 30,000 handmade Valentine’s Day cards. The station’s annual "Valentine Card Shower for Children’s Mercy Hospital" has become a community-wide art project. Last February, the station inspired its listeners to take out the scissors, glitter and glue through on-air promotional announcements, a feature story and email blast to 33,000 people. Hundreds of area schools, Boy and Girl Scout troops, church groups and offices joined the long-time effort. Station talent dedicated 20 hours to the event, helping children at the hospital decorate bags to hold their valentines and celebrate the holiday. "We look forward to it for months," said Tom McCormally from Children’s Mercy Hospital. "Children with oxygen and on crutches all make it from their rooms to where we have thousands of valentines spread out. They get as many as they want. It makes Valentine’s special here." KUDL was a National Association of Broadcasters’ Crystal Award Finalist in 2008.

Nevada Broadcasters Collects 12,000 Pairs of PJs for Local Kids

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Broadcasting live from dawn to dusk in their jammies, on-air personalities from KCYE-FM, KKLZ-FM, KFRH-FM and KDWN-AM in Las Vegas, Nev., collected more than 12,000 pairs of pajamas and sleepwear for local children in need at the sixth annual "DJs for PJs" donation drive. During the all-day event, the stations broadcast live from collection sites, where local celebrities, elected officials, concerned citizens, civic and business group representatives, firemen, policemen, school kids and parents all dropped by to donate new pajamas. The sleepwear is distributed to Child Haven, a part of the Clark County Department of Family Services that takes care of children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected, and six other local organizations. As long as there are children without necessities like sleepwear, these DJs are committed to being seen in their PJs each spring. Since its inception, the event has grown from one collection site to four.

WWCD-FM Creates Non-profit

Devoted to the welfare of local children, WWCD-FM in Columbus, Ohio, created its own nonprofit organization as an avenue to support charities committed to the same causes. CD101 for the Kids receives year-round funding from the station, which covers all overhead costs from letterhead and postage to legal fees. Whether organizing and promoting fundraising events, which have included everything from dodgeball tournaments to concerts, or holding their annual 48-hour "Andyman-a-Thon," a DJ marathon titled after WWCD’s jockey Andy Davis that raised $60,000 in 2007, the station inspires community-wide giving. In what has become a signature act, the station asks bands and recording artists that enter their studios to autograph an item, which is then auctioned off on eBay in support of the kids. Some of the unique objects that inspired high bidding include a muffler signed by Matthew Sweet, a miniature piano autographed by Tori Amos and an R.E.M. guitar. Childhood League, Family and Child Advocacy, Homeless Families Foundation and Ronald McDonald House are among the many beneficiaries of CD101 for the Kids.

KAZX-FM and KKFG-FM Raise Thousands for Special Olympics

With the help of KAZX-FM and KKFG-FM in Farmington, N.M., thousands of dollars are raised each year at the “Cops and Lobster” event for the Special Olympics. For two days, 100 local, county and state law enforcement officers can be found volunteering their time to sell donated items from local businesses, such as t-shirts and knickknacks, to patrons at a local seafood restaurant. In 2008, a record-breaking $12,000 was raised to support 40 local Special Olympians. The event kicks off on a Friday at lunchtime, and both stations broadcast live with their morning show teams. The stations make continuous on-air mentions throughout the event. As the exclusive media sponsors, both KAZX an KKFG gear up listeners in advance with mentions starting two weeks before, a presence on their Web sites, and in-studio interviews with members of the police department and representatives from the San Juan County Special Olympics. “It is an awesome, small-town, warm-fuzzy event,” said Jennifer Dennis from the KAZX morning show.

WVAQ-FM Hosts Annual Radiothon for the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital

Staff at WVAQ-FM in Morgantown, W.Va., has a favorite event: the station’s annual radiothon in support of the West Virginia University Children’s Hospital. For well over a decade, the “WVAQ for Kids Radiothon” has helped raise funds for the facility, which provides care to high-risk mothers, premature infants and children with serious illnesses. The three-day event allows patients, their parents, doctors and nurses to tell their stories and is broadcast from the hospital. A videocast of the radiothon plays on the station’s Web site, allowing listeners to see the action behind the audio. The most recent radiothon raised $165,000, an increase of $15,000 from the year before. The long-term partnership between the station and the hospital extends throughout the year, including the promotion and broadcast of the annual Mountaineers spring football game where all proceeds from ticket sales go to the hospital. WVAQ was named the Marconi Radio Awards 2007 Contemporary Hits Radio Station of the Year.

KGWY-FM Hosts Annual Radiothon for Research Hospital

All hands at KGWY-FM in Gillette, Wyo., and two of its sister stations are on deck when it comes time for the yearly radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. From answering the phone bank to making appeals to listeners on the air, the event takes a station-wide effort. During the 2008 radiothon, staff put 500 man hours into the event. Their hard work paid off; Wyomingites gave more than $112,000 to provide treatment for children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Two months worth of planning went into working out the details surrounding the radiothon, including getting other organizations and businesses involved in the cause. Part of this outreach led to a “Penny Challenge,” where collection jars were placed in the public schools, allowing children an opportunity to donate the contents of their piggy banks to help other children. “We went into this project with the idea if we raised $5,000 it would be a success,” said General Manager Don Clonch. “This is an event that has grown, and we get tremendous local support.”

KSAS-FM Boise Host Stays on Air for 175 to Raise Awareness for Child Abuse

Radio personality KekeLuv broke a world record when he broadcast for 175 hours straight on KSAS-FM in Boise, Idaho. The afternoon jock gave up his shut-eye for seven consecutive days to stay with the microphone and raise awareness about child abuse. The marathon broadcast marked the beginning of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and KekeLuv’s time on air was used to let listeners know about the work and financial needs of Idaho’s Heart, a statewide child abuse prevention center. Emails and calls poured into the station during the "Live for 175" broadcast, leading to open discussions about abuse and ways to prevent it. KekeLuv says his week without sleep was well worth it. One note sent to the station from students at Taft Elementary School said "Thank you for helping to make the world safe for us." Both KekeLuv and KSAS were recognized in the Congressional Record for the week-long broadcast.

KDAF-TV Features Children Looking for Homes

Helping children find "forever homes" is one of the many ways KDAF-TV in Dallas, Texas, puts its community first. The station’s "A Child to Love" program, which involves the Gladney Center for Adoption and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, is now in its third year. Each week, a child in need of a permanent home is featured during the Monday "News at Nine" broadcast. The station promotes the segment with public service announcements profiling the child and through the station’s Web site. Since its inception, the station has shared the stories of 167 children, 74 of whom have found permanent homes. Last year, the station celebrated the airing of its 100th child profile with its Dolls & Balls Toy Drive, Easter Egg Hunt and Adoption Expo. At the event, viewers donated toys for children in foster care, 100 foster children participated in an egg hunt and information about adoption was distributed to prospective families. The station’s efforts to produce, promote and air "A Child to Love" total more than $160,000 in donated airtime annually. KDAF was the recipient of the 2007 Bonner McLane Public Service Award presented by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.

KSSN-FM Collects 25,000 Toys and $25,000 for Toys for Tots

KSSN-FM in Little Rock, Ark., wrapped up its 23rd annual Toy Hill Toys for Tots drive with nearly 25,000 Christmas presents and $25,000 for the area’s neediest children. For the 72-hour event, morning host personality Bob Robbins camps out in an RV next to an area that grows into Toy Hill as donations pile in. Robbins stays on the air at all times, except for the few hours he catches his sleep. In addition to the three-day live broadcast, the station posts new photos on its Web site every four hours. Streaming broadcasts, Web banners and email blasts all play a part in getting listeners involved. Each year, the governor and mayor call in or stop by, and country artists and other prominent leaders share their support on the air. The schedule leading up to the 72-hour event is extensive, including live three-hour remotes from toy drop-off locations throughout the community and various promotional spots for other Toys for Tots events. At the conclusion of last year’s campaign, KSSN staff had given 500 hours of their time, which they plan on doing again come December. "We wouldn’t be successful without the local community and Bob Robbins and the KSSN family," said U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adkin Lomax. "We look forward to an even greater campaign next year."

KDCQ-FM Collects Food, Money and Gifts

Multiple school buses left packed full of food and gifts at the second annual "Bus Jam," an event organized by KDCQ-FM in Coos Bay, Ore. The station’s listeners gave more than 7,400 pounds of food, 1,000 gifts and $800 during the five-hour remote, providing relief for those who have hit hard times. "In spite of reports of donations being down all around the nation, the community rallied behind this event to set unprecedented records of giving," said KDCQ General Manager Stephanie Kilmer. Nearly 300 promotional announcements aired during the four-week period before the event, including playtime during morning and afternoon drive periods. At the event, staff worked side-by-side with volunteers to collect, sort and distribute items, contributing more than 200 hours. "Bus Jam" allowed more than 300 children throughout the broadcast area to receive Christmas gifts. Coos County, which houses 60,000 residents, has high unemployment and food insecurity rates, making the need for the drive significant. In related efforts, the station hosts a community baby shower and collects backpacks and supplies for children who have been taken from methamphetamine homes.

Stations Provide Christmas for Underprivileged Youth

Santa’s workshop comes alive every holiday with the help of listeners and staff from KONY-FM in Washington, Utah, and sister stations KPLD-FM and KZHK-FM. The stations’ "Coins for Kids" campaign brings Christmas to the doorsteps of underprivileged children with the delivery of presents from Santa himself. What began as an idea among a small group of KONY employees has grown over 17 years into its own nonprofit, operated with the help of thousands of volunteers. Last holiday season, more than $100,000 in donations made it possible to serve 2,600 children and 800 families. Station staff is involved in each step of the process, from promotion and fundraising to shopping, wrapping and delivering presents. Efforts begin with live and recorded announcements encouraging listeners to adopt a family or to volunteer. Fundraising occurs throughout morning programming for weeks, with almost nonstop jock talk about "Coins for Kids." All three stations air live remotes from street corners where on-air personalities collect cash donations. Once enough money has been collected, listeners and staff partake in organized shopping and wrapping events. When all of the presents are ready to go, Santas fan out throughout the community to make personal visits, some in horse-drawn carts.

WTVC-TV Runs ’Coats for Kids’ Campaign

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When freezing temperatures cause the mercury to dip, thousands of children stay warm with outerwear they received from the "Coats for Kids" campaign organized by WTVC-TV in Chattanooga, Tenn. For more than two decades, the station has asked its viewers to donate new or gently used coats, which are then cleaned by local drycleaners and distributed to various agencies, schools and individual families who contact the station. WTVC places posters at drop-off locations, and airs public service announcements and daily news coverage throughout the campaign. In addition, special guests make appearances and appeals for donations on WTVC’s "This-N-That" show. "Coats for Kids" has resulted in more than 22,000 coats over the last three years. In a letter to WTVC, Charles Hughes, executive director of Chattanooga Community Kitchen wrote, "Thanks to you we are able to offer coats to the many homeless children we serve."

KRQE-TV Partners With Home for Children

A partnership has blossomed between KRQE-TV in Albuquerque, N.M., and El Ranchito de los Niños, a nonprofit children’s home that provides siblings a long-term place to live and grow together. El Ranchito first approached the station when it was in need of assistance with its largest fundraiser, a raffle for a new house. With KRQE’s help, which includes the posting of a virtual tour of the house on the station’s Web site, raffle tickets now sell out each year, raising $100,000 in annual support. The past four years, the station has donated its time to help El Ranchito develop additional fundraising and promotional strategies. As part of these efforts, the station airs news segment about the home and then opens its phone banks for viewers to call in pledges more than once a quarter. In addition, the station airs public service announcements and promotes El Ranchito’s annual charity cruise, which is emceed by anchors Deanna Sauceda and Mike Powers. "KRQE has been instrumental in getting our name out there," said Chris Gillis, director of development for El Ranchito. "What they do is pretty phenomenal. It has been monumental in our lives." The station also gives directly to the children, sponsoring trips to baseball games and other fun events.

WWOR-TV Covers "March for Babies"

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When hundreds came together to "March for Babies" in Brookdale Park, WWOR-TV of Secaucus, N.J., was there with its cameras interviewing participants and giving updates on the event’s success. For the month before the March of Dimes walk, the station aired public service announcements featuring Chief Weather Anchor Audrey Puente, who emceed the annual event. A microsite within the station’s Web site housed photos and video clips from previous events and a link to the March of Dimes site. Brochures and posters at the station built enthusiasm among staff, and a WWOR team took to the course. As the exclusive media sponsor for the March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter, WWOR has a goal of increasing awareness, raising funds and building community support for the organization. In addition to support for the walk, medical issues related to the March of Dimes’ awareness campaigns, such as premature birth, are covered in news stories and "Real Talk," WWOR’s public affairs program. To date, $265,000 has been raised for the March of Dimes in Essex County. "We had a wonderful response to having WWOR present and having Audrey Puente participate in the event," said Shannon Rodia Hurley, communications manager for March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter. "Having them helped us generate community support. The community looks to WWOR."

WPRI-TV Holds Telethon in Support of School Children

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Meeting Street, an organization that provides individual learning programs for thousands of children with developmental delays, gets to tell its story to the community each year during its annual telethon on WPRI-TV in Providence, R.I.The four-hour, commercial-free telethon preempts primetime programming, and all production for the event is done in-house by the station. Planning alone requires six months, and all departments, from engineering to the newsroom, are involved. Last year, the telethon generated nearly $500,000 from phone donations and long-term corporate commitments tied to the event. WPRI gives Meeting Street more than $150,000 of in-kind support every year, and with the station’s help, the organization keeps growing in both resources and the number of children using its services. "We couldn’t do the work we do without WPRI’s support," said Meeting Street President and Chief Executive John Kelly. "Their talent does an amazing job of showing people what we do."

WKXC-FM Raises $25,000 for United Way

What started as a small concert in a 500-seat venue to raise funds for underprivileged children at Christmas now attracts thousands each year. "Kicks 99 Guitar Pull" has become the signature event for WKXC-FM in Augusta, Ga. Proceeds from the concert make up the largest single donation the local United Way receives. This past year, listeners were able to see six of Nashville’s greatest on stage, while helping to make the holidays brighter for children throughout the Central Savannah River Area. The station starts promoting the concert weeks in advance, both on WKXC and television. Tickets sell out within hours. To raise addition funds, the station designs special t-shirts to sell at the concert and auctions off guitars signed by all the featured artists on the air. The combined efforts allowed WKXC to present the United Way with a check totaling more than $25,000 in 2007. WKXC has honored with a 2008 GABBY Award for Community Service by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. T. Gentry, program director for WKXC said, "Having our ’Guitar Pull’ win an award means a lot to us as we are about to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this annual charity event."

KURB-FM Raises $301,000 for Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Each year, KURB-FM in Little Rock, Ark., continues its commitment to children with its "B98 Champions for Children Radiothon." The station’s staff of five broadcast live from the lobby of Arkansas Children’s Hospital, which is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas, for 36 hours during a three-day period. Marking its fourth year, the radiothon raised a record $301,000 in 2008, bringing the total contribution from "Champions for Children" to nearly $1 million. During the fundraiser, montages of children and interviews with doctors and families gave the community a window into the lifesaving services of the hospital. The station donated additional airtime throughout the year and participated in the "Festival of the Stars" toy drive, which provided Santa with more than $79,000 worth of toys for his visit to the patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital this past holiday season.

KVBC-TV Works with Make-A-Wish

Whether it’s one girl’s dream to be a pop star for a day or a teenager’s request to have his vintage car painted, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, Nev., work together to make the wishes of ill children come true. Make-A-Wish has a regular presence in the station’s programming. Every other week, Kendell Tenny, the station’s Kids First reporter and chairman of the local Make-A-Wish Board, hosts a "Make-A-Wish Monday" segment. Each holiday season, the station produces a Make-A-Wish special highlighting all of the courageous children whose wishes were granted during the year. KVBC helps with fundraising as well. This year, Tenny appeared in more than $80,000 worth of promotional spots for the "Run for a Wish" race, which drew 3,000 participants and raised more than $340,000, making it the most successful fundraiser to date for of the local chapter. In addition to Tenny emceeing the event, 25 staff members sported their gym shoes and took to the course. "The station’s support has been indispensable in helping us grow," said Emily Williams, director of Make-A-Wish of Southern Nevada. "They are our biggest cheerleaders in the community."

KUSI-TV Launches "Tips for Kids" Campaign

Whether it’s a tip on how to wear a bike helmet properly or encouragement to stand up and tell the truth, KUSI-TV in San Diego, Calif., has dedicated a regular public service announcement (PSA) series to its youngest audience. The station’s "Tips for Kids" campaign provides advice on an array of topics and airs each Saturday during the station’s children’s programming. In addition to tips featuring KUSI news anchors and reporters, this year the station gave kids the opportunity to share tips with their fellow youngsters by inviting all first- through sixth-grade teachers in the county to write PSAs with their classes. Morning meteorologist Renee Kohn, accompanied by a camera person, visited each school to record the announcements. During these classroom visits, the children also appeared live on "Good Morning San Diego," where they were able to pass along their tips to the many adults tuned in throughout the viewing area.

WFLD-TV Participates in Fundraising Event for Childhood Cancer

More than 3,800 students from 44 schools went bald and beautiful, along with anchor Patrick Elwood and other staff from WFLD-TV in Chicago, Ill., as part of St. Baldrick’s, the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Thousands of students answered the call when Elwood asked them to take the “Fox Chicago School Challenge,” where students asked for pledges to shave their heads, an act of moral support for all those going through cancer treatment. In its fourth year, the effort generated more than $1.1 million to benefit cancer hospitals across the country, including eight in the Chicago area. Keeping viewers throughout the city involved, Elwood profiled a different participating school each week, allowing students to share stories about how cancer has touched their lives. Many students shaved their heads in honor of a loved one or classmate battling the disease. After the campaign concluded, Elwood, who is shorn each year at his alma mater, Brother Rice High School, said, “I’m so proud of all the students across the city that went bald for this great cause.” Elwood ended each of his “School Challenge” visits with the same message: “Together, we can make a difference.”

WLZW-FM Holds Annual Radiothon

As part of its dedication to children, WLZW-FM in Utica, N.Y ., holds an annual radiothon for Children’s Miracle Network at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare. Over a two-day period, the station broadcasts for 22 hours from the hospital, using the airwaves to share the stories of families and caregivers. More than 100 live and recorded announcements aired before the most recent radiothon, which was the station’s 11th, urging listeners to tune in and pledge. More than $36,000 was raised to support women’s and children’s services at the hospital. In an additional effort, the station was media sponsor for the “Children’s Miracle Network Home Makeover” fundraiser, where listeners had a chance to win $100,000 or a makeover for their house. During the six-month campaign, the station conducted 12 live morning show interviews with the hospital event coordinator and aired nearly 700 promotional spots. The result: a sold-out drawing with the winning moment aired live and $350,000 collected for the hospital toward the purchase of equipment for patient care.

WPOZ-FM Hosts Free Health Expo

WPOZ-FM in Altamonte Springs, Fla., provided expectant moms and parents of young children with free health and safety information at its second annual “Little Ears Expo.” The expo featured informational booths covering such topics as CPR, parenting techniques, insurance and financial planning, children’s fashions, scrap booking, car-seat demos and more. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about preschool options, health, nutrition and behavioral patterns of young children. In addition to visiting various booths, expectant mothers in their second and third trimesters received a free live 4-D ultrasound at the expo. Throughout the day, experts also delivered seminars on pediatric first aid, what to expect in a baby’s first year, breast feeding and pool safety.

WYXB-FM Encourages Listeners to Donate Holiday Gifts for Kids

From Thanksgiving to Christmas, WYXB-FM in Indianapolis, Ind., is on the air and in the community encouraging listeners to embrace the season of giving and donate to the station’s annual “Soft Rock Santa” campaign. The month-long effort, which begins with a 10-hour live broadcast from various locations throughout Indianapolis, supports the Shepherd Community Center’s Christmas Gift Drive, which brightens the holidays of more than 1,000 needy children each year. The station places donation bins at businesses throughout the area to collect new toys, books, clothing and money. Recorded and live promotional announcements, an email blast to listeners and Web site promotion all help get the community involved. Last year, the station also worked with the Trans Siberian Orchestra to donate a portion of each ticket sale back to the Christmas drive, resulting in more than $8,000 in additional financial support. “WYXB has helped parents in a special way through their commitment to ‘Soft Rock Santa.’ Their efforts have enabled many needy parents to provide Christmas for their own children – a gift for the child and a gift for the parents’ self esteem,” said Jay Height, executive director of the Shepherd Community Center.

KMEG-FM Sioux City Collects 1,000 Winter Coats

As temperatures dropped near the single digits, KMEG-FM in Sioux City, Iowa, appealed to its viewers to help make sure no child was without a winter coat. The community showed its generosity, donating more than 1,000 coats and setting a new record for the station’s annual “Coats for Kids” campaign. The campaign is a group effort between the station and other community leaders, including Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke’s Health System. In addition to providing airtime to promote the effort, the KMEG studios were used as a donation drop-off location, along with 17 other spots in the community. "Not only is this one of the coldest winters we’ve seen, but with the downturn in the economy more kids need coats than ever,” said General Manager Scott Eymer. “Because of Siouxland’s generosity we’ll be able to give more kids coats with this new, record-setting collection.”

WFYR-FM Distributes 1,500 Teddy Bears to Kids at Children’s Hospital

Valentine’s Day was a lot sweeter for kids at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois thanks to WFYR-FM in Peoria, Ill., and its third annual teddy bear drive. Morning co-hosts Lisa Franks and Rick Stephenson started the program as a way to extend community giving past the holiday season. The duo reaches out to WFYR listeners each February with a goal of providing every hospitalized child and visiting sibling with a teddy bear. This year, nearly 1,500 teddy bears were collected and personally delivered by station staff. Since the program started, more than 6,500 teddy bears have made their way into the arms of a child. “We will be back to make another delivery next year,” said Stephenson.

WSOC-TV Collects 7,000 Coats

On a chilly fall day, Chief Meteorologist Steve Udelson from WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., kicked off his annual campaign to keep kids warm with winter coats. Viewers rallied around the cause, donating more than 7,000 coats to the station’s fifth annual "Steve’s Coats for Kids” event. A true community effort, fire stations participated as drop-off locations, and schoolchildren came by the busload to bring donations to the station. News stories and public service announcements kept the community informed of how to participate and about what sizes of coats were needed most. Coats were distributed by the Crisis Assistance Ministry, where they were given out freely to anyone in need. With a struggling economy, many people who donated to the campaign in previous years were on the receiving end this year. “It’s heartwarming knowing you are making a real difference,” said Udelson. “There are some people that are out there trying to decide whether to pay a utility bill or buy a coat for their child. They can do both now.”

KDFI-FM Host St. Jude Radiothon

Each year, KFDI-FM in Wichita, Kan., harnesses the power of radio to help children battling cancer. For two days, the station dedicates the airwaves to raising awareness and money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Zachary, a cancer survivor from the Wichita-area who was treated at St. Jude and is now a healthy eight-year-old boy, was one of the many on-air guests. During the 16 years KDFI has hosted the radiothon, more than $2 million has been raised. KDFI’s efforts are part of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program, one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the nation, where more than 200 radio stations have raised nearly $350 million in pledges.

KOHT- FM Answers 1,5000 Phone Calls on Health Insurance

There are nearly 100,000 children without health insurance in Southern Arizona. In hopes of changing this reality, KOHT-FM and KXEW-AM in Tucson, Ariz., banded together with four sister stations to host a 12-hour broadcast and phone bank about KidsCare, a state-funded low-cost health insurance program. During the KidsCare Phone-a-thon, listeners heard interviews with experts about the program, as well as stories from families whose children have benefited. Ninety volunteers staffed a phone bank, where listeners could sign up for the program or receive additional information. By the end of the day, more than 1,500 families in need of health coverage had called in, setting a KidsCare Phone-a-thon record. “We have children in our community that need health insurance, but their families may not know where to turn,” said Tom Zlaket, market manager for Clear Channel Radio in Tucson. The KidsCare Phone-a-thon helped change that.

WKKB- FM Raises Funds for Research Hospital

This past fall, listeners tuned into WKKB-FM in Providence, R.I., for its two-day Promesa y Esperanza (Promise and Hope) Radiothon, which raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The broadcast is carried out in partnership with 15 sister stations in the Davidson Media Group throughout the country to raise awareness of childhood cancer within the Hispanic community and help St. Jude continue to offer treatment to all children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. This year’s effort raised more than $100,000 in WKKB’s listening area alone, and more than $633,000 between the 16 stations combined. In addition to the live broadcast, the stations promoted the radiothon several months in advance, using on-air mentions, press releases and its Web site to reach a larger audience. "We are so grateful to these dedicated Spanish language radio stations and their generous listeners who have embraced the St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving children," said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising organization of St. Jude. "It is heartwarming to see the Hispanic community rally around our cause every year, and I know that the funds raised during Promesa y Esperanza will inspire hope in our precious patients and their families."

KMTW-TV Collects 1,200 Hats and Mittens

Newport Television’s Fox Affiliate KSAS-TV and Mercury Broadcasting’s MyNetworkTV affiliate KMTW-TV Wichita, Kan., arranged several community activities during the final months of 2010. Among the campaigns, KSAS-TV and KMTW-TV hosted a hats and mittens drive for Child Start and Head Start of Wichita. More than 1,020 preschoolers were outfitted with warm apparel for the Wichita winter.

Chet Buchanan Braves the Elements for Las Vegas Kids

Chet Buchanan of CBS Radio’s KLUC-FM Las Vegas, braved wind, rain and cold temperatures in December to host the stations’ 12th annual "Twelve Days of Toy Drive." Buchanan spent 12 full days living in a tent atop a 30-foot scaffolding to encourage listeners to donate items. KLUC-FM collected 2,287 bikes, enough toys to fill fourteen 15-foot semi trucks and $145,069 in gift cards and cash. "It is so amazing to see all these people come together and be part of something so positive." said Buchanan. Click here to listen to an audio recap of the 12 days.

KTPK-FM $47,000 Worth of Toys

KTPK-FM, Country Legends 106.9 and Gray Television’s WIBW-TV Topeka, Kan., held their annual "Battle of the Elves," a toy drive competition between KTPK-FM’s Chris Fisher and WIBW-TV’s Jeremy Goodwin to benefit the Topeka Rescue Mission. Both stations’ responses were overwhelming, together collecting a record $47,000 worth of toys. While 4,739 items were received, WIBW-TV raised 133 more than KTPK-FM, squeaking out a victory that forced Country Legends’ Goodwin to dress like an elf for a day.

WANE-TV Helps Indiana Youth Choir Travel to World Choir Games in China

LIN Media-owned WANE-TV Fort Wayne, Ind., has been a key community supporter of the Voices of Unity Youth Choir (VOU), an award-winning local ensemble of youth, ages 8 - 19. Recently, VOU was chosen as one of four U.S. choirs to compete in the World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China. In order to compete, the group needed to raise close to a half a million dollars in less than six months to send 83 singers, plus chaperones and musicians, across the globe. The fundraising was a total community effort, and WANE-TV was able to provide viewers with a front seat to the performance through its "Dreams of Gold" campaign. The initiative featured interviews, news coverage and a schedule of public service announcements valued at more than $66,000. As a result of WANE-TV’s "Dreams of Gold" campaign, the choir raised enough money to represent Fort Wayne on a global stage and returned home with two gold medals.

WOR-AM Raises $380,000

Thirteen hours of live broadcast on WOR-AM in New York, N.Y., brought in $380,000, a lucky number for Variety, The Children’s Charity, which benefits from the station’s "Operation Good Neighbor" radiothon. The money goes a long way in helping Variety continue to meet its goal of never saying no to a child in need. Donations collected through the 12th annual event were used to fund dozens of programs that benefit disadvantaged and disabled children in the area. Radiothon special guests included New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actors Hugh Jackman and Danny Aiello and local television anchor Rosanna Scotto. Throughout the day, syndicated programming was preempted for special segments and shows focused on children’s issues and Variety. In the days leading up to the event, WOR aired hundreds of promotional messages and public service announcements, and sent out a press release in support of Variety to more than 400 affiliated stations, trade press and media outlets. Staff members from every department contributed to the radiothon’s great success. "WOR’s ability to raise much needed funds for disabled children and their families is a testament to the amazing depth of the generosity of our loyal listeners," said WOR General Manager Bob Bruno. "I am proud to say that every dollar raised for Variety through WOR’s ‘Operation Good Neighbor’ radiothon stays within the tri-state community."

WCAX-TV Collects Winter Apparel

The "Mitten Tree," an effort by WCAX-TV in Burlington, Vt.,has helped keep many fingers toasty and warm throughout the winter. During the annual campaign, the station asks its viewers to donate new hats, mittens, scarves and socks to help those less fortunate. The items are then distributed to more than 30 schools, shelters and agencies in the area. In 2007, a new "Mitten Tree" record was set when viewers donated more than 5,000 items. To keep up the momentum of the drive, the station airs promotional announcements throughout the holiday season and features updates during the morning newscast. One segment featured a very special woman, who despite losing almost all of her eyesight, hand-knit more than 100 items to donate and has a goal of making more than 250 items next year. During its four-year history, the "Mitten Tree" has grown exponentially, making it necessary to move its headquarters from the station to an empty storefront this past year.

WKOL-FM Helps Children with Cancer Attend Camp

For a week each summer, children with cancer get to just be kids when funds raised by WKOL-FM in Burlington, Vt., allow them to go to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. Every morning from 5 – 10 a.m. during the week before Christmas, the station replaces regular programming with a "Camp Ta-Kum-Ta-Thon" fundraiser, where doctors, local television personalities, politicians and sports figures join WKOL staff in asking listeners to help send kids to the all volunteer-run camp. Mark Knight, co-host of the radiothon, travels to the camp each summer to interview children and record their stories for broadcast during the radiothon. Jon Brooks, morning show personality and co-host of the radiothon, is on the camp’s board. Businesses challenge each other to raise the most funds for this true community-wide event, and a group of brave souls jumps into Lake Champlain in exchange for pledges. The radiothon also has inspired listeners to share their time and talents at the summer camp. One year a farmer transported his farm animals and created a Camp Ta-Kum-Ta petting zoo; another listener set up a tethered hot-air balloon ride. The station starts promotional mentions for the five-day event right after Thanksgiving, and calls in anticipation of the event start long before its official kick-off. The camp has room to accommodate 70 children. The $160,000 raised by WKOL during its most recent "Camp Ta-Kum-Ta-Thon" was enough to fund all 70 spots.

WVEC-TV Supports 25 Years of Miracles

The long-term commitment of WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Va., to The Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters has helped bring 25 years worth of miracles to local kids. Each summer, the hospital, which houses the only pediatric emergency room and surgical facility in the area, receives crucial support from WVEC viewers during the "Children’s Miracle Network Telethon Celebration." Donations from the 2007 telethon reached $3.3 million. During the five-hour live broadcast, which is the region’s single largest fundraiser for a children’s cause, patients and their families shared stories of perseverance and hope. WVEC medical editor Kathryn Barrett reported live from the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and local organizations and businesses that held fundraisers throughout the year had the opportunity to present their donations on the air. In addition to the telethon, the station provides year-round support, including weekly news interviews with medical staff from the hospital, public service announcements for additional fundraising campaigns and the participation of station talent at events. WVEC gives more than $100,000 worth of airtime to the hospital each year.

WJLS-AM/FM Hosts Annual Radiothon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

For two days every year, WJLS-AM/FM in Beckley, W.Va., breaks from its regular format and switches to non-stop talk about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Now in its fourth year, the WJLS-hosted radiothon brings awareness of St. Jude’s lifesaving work to listeners while raising funds to help the hospital continue to treat children from West Virginia and across the country regardless of their ability to pay. Cancer, in some way, touches all families, which is why the station decided to make a strong commitment to the campaign. To put the radiothon on its listeners’ radars, the station runs a heavy schedule of public service announcements leading up to the event. On-air time is also donated to support "Battle of the Banks," where listeners are encouraged to drop off their spare change at buckets located in local bank lobbies in support of St. Jude. In 2008, the WJLS radiothon brought in $56,000. "As we were doing the final countdown, it was amazing. During that last hour we really put the rubber on the road, and donations surged," said Bill O’Brien from WJLS. "To have that much money raised in a small town and a weak economy was really heartwarming."

WLTF-FM Creates Christmas for Area Children

When Norm Slemenda, general manager of WLTF-FM in Martinsburg, W.Va., learned that needy children in the area wouldn’t be receiving holiday assistance, he immediately got to work with his staff. Starting that morning, every time the broadcast went live, on-air personalities asked listeners for toys and donations. In a day and a half, three SUVs were stuffed with toys and thousands of dollars had been raised. Wanting a head start for the next holiday season, the station launched its inaugural "Christmas in July" campaign in 2007. Prettyman Broadcasting sister stations WEPM-AM and WICL-FM joined the effort. For 36 hours, morning host Stacy Drake provided live updates from a local bank that acted as headquarters for the summer toy drive. Slemenda was nearby, dressed in a Santa suit and collecting donations. Five months later, all three stations supported the "Christmas Cash for Kids" campaign to complete the year-long effort. In total, more than $12,000, new bikes, toys and clothing were donated for 200 children in the Eastern Panhandle. "Without this program, these kids would not have had any presents," said Jan Callen of the local United Way. "Prettyman Broadcasting truly made a difference."

WTMJ-AM Hosts ’Teddy Bear Patrol’

To provide children comfort when they need it, WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee, Wis., hosts an annual "Teddy Bear Patrol" campaign. The effort encourages listeners to donate stuffed animals for local police, fire departments and emergency medical services to distribute to children in crisis situations. In 2007, the station organized 84 collection sites and enlisted the help of 77 schools throughout the state, resulting in the collection of more than 6,000 teddy bears. The station supported the "Teddy Bear Patrol" initiative with a multi-tiered marketing campaign, which included live and recorded public service announcements, placement of collection bins, email newsletters sent to 17,000 "Loyal Listener Club" members, newspaper advertisements, Web site promotion, inclusion on WTMJ’s interactive phone line, news releases and a targeted direct mail campaign to schools. Since it began in 1993, WTMJ’s "Teddy Bear Patrol" has collected and distributed more than 70,000 teddy bears. Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awarded WTMJ with Best Support of a Community Event for the Teddy Bear Patrol in 2007.

Clear Channel’s WOAI-AM Collected $152,686 for San Antonio’s Children

Clear Channel’s WOAI-AM San Antonio hosted the station’s 16th annual radiothon and silent auction to raise money for San Antonio’s Elf Louise Christmas Project, which provides holiday presents to 20,000 local children. On December 4 and 5, WOAI-AM broadcast live from the North Star Mall and featured appearances from Clear Channel-San Antonio radio personalities, along with District Attorney Susan Reed and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller. The station successfully raised $152,686. Since 2007, the event has collected more than $700,000. Click here to watch a YouTube video of the radiothon.

KFJB-AM Collects Coats for Marshalltown, Iowa’s Kids

David Nelson’s KFJB-AM Marshalltown, Iowa, was proud to hold the station’s 5th annual "Coats for Kids" drive in partnership with Niehouse Cleaners of Marshalltown and the Salvation Army. Coats are dropped off at Niehouse Cleaners, cleaned free of charge and then distributed through the Salvation Army to those in need in Marshalltown.

WANE-TV and Area Sports Teams Collect Coats for Wayne, Ind., Children

LIN Media’s WANE-TV, Fort Wayne Ind., recently congratulated its viewers for participating in the "Share the Warmth: Coats for Kids" 11th annual collection. WANE-TV collected 3,017 coats, scarves and mittens, which were distributed to children from 50 area social service agencies, schools and families. Local sports teams the Komets Hockey Team and the Mad Ants Basketball squad also participated in the drive, providing incentives for fans who donated a coat. Since 1999, WANE-TV has collected 27,460 coats for Northeast Indiana’s children.

92.3 NOW’s Nick Cannon Delivered nearly 2,000 Toys to New York Children

Nick Cannon, host of the Rollin’ with Nick Cannon Morning Show on Infinity Broadcasting Group’s WXRK-FM New York, 92.3 NOW, and NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” brought truckloads of toys to the New York Hospital Queens Mets Care Room. Cannon collected the toys during his attempt to secure the Guinness World Record for the most hugs in one hour. Standing outside Citi Field, Cannon embraced 1,679 fans and missed the record by only 52 hugs. Paper Jamz from WowWee donated one toy for each hug Cannon secured.
“Regardless of the failed attempt, I am thrilled to do my part to put smiles on the faces of children who need it most,” said Cannon. “Thanks to everyone for coming out and to Paperjamz for donating thousands of dollars in toys. This was a great event and I look forward to making another world record try in the future.”

Beasley’s WXKB-FM Collects School Supplies for Fort Myers’ Kids

Beasley-owned WXKB-FM Cape Coral, Fla. recently delivered two pallets of school supplies to the Collier County School district to kick off the new academic year. The station’s "Big Mama and The Wild Bunch" staff partnered with Pepsi to collect an assortment of supplies including pencils, pens, markers, crayons and notebooks for area students in need. Together WXKB-FM and Pepsi constructed a house made out of soda cans in the parking lot of a local Wal-Mart. The radio crew broadcasted live from inside the house for four-and-a-half days. In total, the "Big Mama and The Wild Bunch" team collected more than $10,000 worth of school supplies. The station also adopted 43 students from the Abuse Council Treatment Center. Each of the 43 kids received a new outfit for their first day of school and supplies for the academic year.

WOGL-FM Airs 10th Annual Loves Our Kids Radiothon

CBS Radio’s WOGL-FM Philadelphia’s 10th annual "Loves Our Kids Radiothon" recently raised over $450,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), bringing the 10-year total to $4.7 million. Money raised during the two-day event support patient care programs at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
This year’s radiothon broadcasted live from Ryan Seacrest’s "The Voice" studios located in the Colket Atrium of Children’s Hospital. Special activities for kids included tie dying socks, crafts to decorate their hospital rooms and making crowns with local Miss America title holders. WOGL-FM’s Breakfast Club host Ross Brittain and co-host Valerie Knight anchored the radiothon, with special appearances from the entire WOGL air-staff and CBS 3’s Nicole Brewer. Other guest appearances included Bob Kelly, Pat Ciarrocchi, Jim Donovan, Stephanie Stahl and Natasha Brown.

Rick & Bubba Morning Show Raise Big Money For Kids

Syndicated Solutions, Inc.’s Rick & Bubba Morning Show’s two-day radiothon raised over $1 million and allowed 825 children in 45 countries to be sponsored through World Vision, a humanitarian organization that focuses on children and families affected by poverty and injustice. Since 2009, Rick & Bubba have raised nearly $3.5 million for World Vision. Rick Burgess and Bill “Bubba” Bussey commented, “When SSI introduced World Vision and we learned about how impressive an organization they are, we wanted in… The overwhelming response from our listeners and the ability to be part of something so meaningful just blows us away.”

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.

Las Vegas Morning Show Collected 2000 Bikes and 16 Semi Trucks Full of Toys

The 13th Annual CBS Radio KLUC-FM’s Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive wrapped up with overwhelming numbers: 2,647 bikes, sixteen 50-foot semi-trucks full of toys and $201,012 in gift cards and cash, all of which were gifted to children who may have not otherwise had presents this holiday season.



On December 1, DJ Chet Buchanan moved into a tent atop a thirty-foot scaffolding for 24-hours, enduring wind, rain and below average temperatures. His live broadcast encouraged listeners to visit and donate.

“It is so amazing to see all these people come together and be a part of something bigger than them,” says Buchanan. “When you’re there, its magic; the semi-trucks lined up, the sea of bikes, the gift card count… it’s indescribable.”

Celebrities who donated or visited to show their support included Nick Cannon, Carlos Mencia, Nick Carter, T.I., Shane Victorino and many more.

KIIS-FM and MYFM-FM Join ColdPlay to Support Youth Charities

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Los Angeles stations, KIIS-FM and MYFM-FM, announced Coldplay will perform live at a special iHeartRadio Benefit Concert on February 8 to support two local charities, A Place Called Home and Youth Mentoring Connection. “It’s a special scenario for the Los Angeles radio stations and iHeartRadio to have an opportunity to collaborate with Coldplay to support the work of two great local organizations that directly impact the LA community,” said Senior VP of Programming, John Ivey. “Coldplay in this intimate setting will be an amazing experience for the audience, plus concert-goers will be helping support LA’s at-risk youth.” A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts and well-being; and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world. Additionally, Youth Mentoring Connection awakens at-risk youth to their power, unique gifts and purpose by matching them with caring adult mentors and placing that “match” within a structured group dynamic that provides the resources youth need to reach productive, conscious adulthood.

WAVJ-FM Works With Local High School Students on Anti-Smoking PSA, Food Drive

With its staff of five dedicated to supporting the community, WAVJ-FM in Princeton, Ky., worked with local high school students on two important campaigns in 2007. First, the station raised awareness about the dangers of smoking by playing anti-smoking public service announcements produced by the students at Caldwell County High School. For the second effort, the station provided key on-air support for the Caldwell County High School Food Drive, an annual month-long competition between schools in the area. WAVJ aired more than 100 promotional announcements and broadcast live from the kick-off event at a neighborhood market, where more than 500 canned items were collected for the needy. The station also opened its doors to the students, inviting them to come to the studio and record announcements in support of their food-donation team.

WSNW-FM Hosts ’12 Hours of Christmas’

Together, WSMW-FM in Greensboro, N.C., and its listeners have sent more than 80 children intimately affected by illness to camp for a week. The station’s annual "12 Hours of Christmas" radiothon raises money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, a medically equipped place where children with chronic conditions get to just be kids. Listeners that tune into the station during the radiothon learn about the enriching experiences of camp life from the kids themselves. Leading up to the one-day event, camp directors and campers are featured on the air regularly. During the radiothon, which is hosted by WSMW’s morning show, song requests are filled in exchange for listener donations and additional funds are raised with an on-air auction. During the last three years of "12 Hours of Christmas," listeners have donated more than $200,000, which has allowed many special children an experience they won’t soon forget. Throughout the year, WSMW on-air personalities visit kids at camp, where they conduct interviews and bring back stories of hope and laughter to share with listeners.

KMXC-FM and KIKN-FM Hosts Radiothon for Sick Children

For 36 hours, KMXC-FM and KIKN-FM in Sioux Falls, S.D., broadcast from the lobby of Sanford Hospital to raise awareness of the lifesaving treatments the facility provides and raise funds for kids battling cancer. In its inaugural year, the "Results Radio Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon" generated more than $150,000 for local pediatric patients. During the three-day broadcast, morning show teams conducted interviews with patients, families, workers and volunteers. The broadcast, layered with music montages, gave listeners a window into the many lives the hospital touches. Starting a month before the radiothon, the stations ran daily recorded announcements, included live mentions during programming, and conducted in-studio interviews with representatives from the hospital. After the radiothon, the stations followed up with stories about how listener donations are supporting Sanford’s pediatric patients and their families. "Cure Kids Cancer has been an amazing new endeavor, and our first event, the ‘Results Radio Cure Kids Cancer Radiothon’ is no exception," said Amy Sumner, program director for Cure Kids Cancer. "Throughout three days, we met several amazing families and courageous children who shared their story in an effort to help other families such as theirs. We are so blessed to live in such a generous community and look forward to coming together again next year."

WRHI-AM/FM Holds ’Toys for Happiness’ Campaign

WRHI-AM/FM in Rock Hill, S.C., has harnessed the true spirit of Christmas with its "Toys for Happiness" campaign. The station started the effort more than 15 years ago to make sure all children in the area have gifts under the tree. The effort has blossomed into a true community effort: needy families can apply to be part of the program through the local United Way and its 30 agencies; schools donate gymnasium space for toy storage; and volunteers sort through toys for distribution. Each year, nearly 30,000 toys make their way to South Carolina children. Regular promotional spots start playing at Thanksgiving. In addition, news stories keep listeners up to date on progress, and live remotes from toy collection areas run at least a half-dozen times during the one-month span. All of this coverage is duplicated on the station’s Web stream. "Virtually every word out of our mouths from Thanksgiving through December is about ‘Toys for Happiness.’ And just like the miracle of Christmas, toys start coming in," said Manning Kimmel, managing partner of WRHI. "The campaign involves literally hundreds, if not thousands, of community members. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of."

WQSB-FM Supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

WQSB-FM in Albertville, Ala., got behind the microphone to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During its annual 13-hour radiothon, the station shared the airwaves with its community. Local children receiving treatment told their stories, and community leaders shared their support on the air; the station interviewed volunteers and local high school children who worked to collect donations. Stories of hope continued throughout the marathon broadcast as people stopped by the studio or called in. In related fundraising efforts, WQSB staff took to the streets for a "Baby Bucket" campaign, accepting drive-by donations from multiple locations during the radiothon, and the station recruited hundreds of area students to participate in its "Tie One On for the Kids at St. Jude’s" project, where each student wore a wristband featuring the name of an actual patient for a week. When the combined efforts were totaled, the "WQSB St. Jude Children’s Hospital Radiothon and Fundraiser" had raised more than $112,000 to further research and help the many local children who travel to St. Jude for treatment. Most of the staff at WQSB has toured the St. Jude facility, 100 miles away in Memphis, Tenn., to gain firsthand knowledge of its important work.

KALC- FM Raised $1.4 Million for Children’s Hopsital

Every year, KALC-FM in Denver, Colo., suspends regular programming for three days to broadcast live from The Children’s Hospital to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network. This year, the effort raised more than $1.4 million, bringing the cumulative total for the eight years the station has participated to more than $8.2 million. In a related effort, on-air personalities Slacker and Steve organized “Hugs for the Hospital,” an additional fundraiser for The Children’s Hospital. During the month-long campaign, the duo went out into the community and invited listeners to donate money in exchange for a squeeze. In a single day alone, Slaver and Steve hugged more than 1,148 listeners. All that embracing brought in more than $30,000. “Slacker & Steve and everyone at KALC are such phenomenal supporters of The Children’s Hospital,” said Jennifer Lackey, director of The Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This event has once again proven their dedication to the community and its children.”

KCAU-TV Sioux City Holds 25th Annual Operation Toys Event

For the 25th consecutive year, Citadel Communications’ KCAU-TV Sioux City, Iowa hosted its annual Operation Toys, partnering with a local business to collect new toys for needy families of Sioux City and surrounding communities. Channel 9 KCAU-TV ran a schedule of promotional spots on-air and within their newscasts for the campaign. The station also sent letters to area schools and pre-schools inviting them to host internal toy drives and featured the schools’ successes during evening newscasts. All the toys were donated to the Salvation Army for distribution in the community.

KXKC-FM Challenges Listeners to Donate 99 Bikes for Lafayette’s Kids

Citadel-owned KXKC-FM Lafayette, La., held its annual Toys for Tots holiday drive last month, focusing the station’s efforts on collecting one of the most requested items, bikes. KXKC-FM’s morning team Ray Robicheaux and Jeni Lane set out to collect 99 bikes within one week. If they were unable to collect their goal, Robicheaux agreed to ride 99 miles on his own bike. Luckily for Robicheaux, the goal was reached. "It’s the most rewarding event I’ve been part of, just to think that gifts that were out of reach in the past [were] delivered to children in our community; it’s truly heart warming," said Robicheaux.

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Allbritton’s WSET-TV Lynchburg, Va., continued the station’s "Here to Help Kids" campaign to raise money for an 11-bed Pediatric Center at Lynchburg General Hospital. WSET-TV recently hosted a fundraiser at the ESPNU "Bracket-Buster" basketball game between the Liberty Flames and the Iona Gaels, both members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, at Liberty University. Five dollars from each ticket sold went to the WSET-TV’s "Here to Help Kids" project. The basketball game netted $3,375 in proceeds for the campaign.

KSAS, KMTW-TV Participate in Big Brothers Big Sisters Media Bowl

Newport Television’s KSAS-TV and KMTW-TV Wichita, Kan., participated in the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Media Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Dozens of local radio and television personalities attended the bowling event and competed to raise the most money for Big Brothers Big Sisters, which serves more than 6,500 children across Kansas each year. With more than $1,000 in donations, Team KSAS-TV and KMTW-TV collected the most money and helped the event draw more than $23,000 for the organization.

KTVL-TV Celebrates 25 Years in Partnership With Medford, Ore., Elementary School

Freedom Communications’ KTVL-TV Medford, Ore., and Medford’s Kennedy Elementary School celebrated the 25th Anniversary of their School-Business partnership at Medford’s Pear Blossom Festival. Teachers and students from Kennedy joined KTVL staff to create and man a float commemorating this milestone. Over the past quarter of a century, Kennedy and KTVL have been working together for the betterment of the students and staffs, both at the school and the station. Over the years there have been numerous partnership events and activities, including several "TV station vs. Teachers" fundraising basketball games, celebrity guest readers at the school "Read Across America" days, behind-the-scenes TV station tours as a reward for outstanding achievement by students, educational PSAs created by students and broadcasted on KTVL.

Univision Radio Raises $5.25 Million for St. Jude

Univision Radio listeners raised more than $5.25 million in cash and pledges to battle childhood cancer and other diseases during the annual St. Jude Promesa y Esperanza (Promise and Hope) Radio Event, benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year, Univision activated 360-degree support of the event via its radio, television, online and social media platforms. A number of Latin celebrities reached out to fans through live interviews, PSAs, call-ins and continuous messages through their social media networks.

Syracuse Stations Team Up to Curb Child Abuse

In recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, television stations across Syracuse partnered with the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center to raise awareness of physical, sexual and verbal abuse of children. Several television stations collaborated on an hour-long special entitled, "Protecting Our Children," which stations aired on April 25. "We all know that news stations compete," noted one local anchor, Julie Chapman, "but this issue is so important, that we decided to come together to let people know that we all care about our community and of course, our kids, and that there are resources out there where we can all do our part to stop child abuse." Click here to watch a video about the stations’ efforts.

WSBT-TV and WSBT-AM Host Scout Day

Schurz Communications’ WSBT-TV and WSBT-AM Mishawaka, Ind., recently opened their doors for "Scout Day at WSBT." Boy and Girl Scouts from across the area were invited to come and tour the studios, meet some of the news and weather talent and see the daily operations of TV and radio stations. More than 300 scouts attended the event with their parents and troop leaders. A number of WSBT Radio and TV staff volunteered on Saturday to give the kids the opportunity to learn about the TV master control room, take a look at the news and radio sets and be filmed in front of the Chroma Key wall.

WOI-TV, KCAU-TV, WHBF-TV Host Variety Telethon, Raise $3 Million for Kids

Citadel Communication’s WOI-TV Des Moines, KCAU-TV Sioux City and WHBF-TV Rock Island, Ill. recently held the 38th annual Variety Telethon. Variety, the Children’s Charity, reported $3,020,817 in pledges were raised this year. Variety’s first telethon in 1975 raised $150,000 for one grantee organization, the Blank Children’s Hospital. Now, 38 years later, Variety has raised more than $90 million in donations, which have been granted to agencies serving children across the State of Iowa. Thanks to the cast members, volunteers and donors who support Variety during the telethon and throughout the year, Variety is able to raise much needed funds for Iowa’s children.

Albany Stations Host Radiothon for Children’s Hospital

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s WGY-AM/FM and WRVE-FM in Albany, N.Y. raised a record $564,000 during the 14th annual two-day radiothon, an increase of more than 17 percent over last year. The money raised in the radiothon benefited Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center. "Our passion to support the radiothon every year never fails to be matched by the heartfelt donations from our listeners," said Clear Channel’s Kristen Delaney. "The daily stories of triumph and recovery from Children’s Hospital continue to inspire us."

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.

KADA-AM/FM and KYKC-FM Hosts ’Halloween Safe House’

Witches, ghosts and goblins gather every year for treats at "Halloween Safe House," an event organized by KADA-AM/FM and KYKC-FM in Ada, Okla. Fifteen years ago, the stations initiated the event in response to growing community concerns about the safety of children during the holiday. Today, more than 50 merchants and civic groups join KADA and KYKC in one central location, as 5,000 little ones parade through in a three-hour period. The stations broadcast live from what has become the single largest event in Ada. The stations remind everyone to join in the fun with weeks of recorded and live announcements airing at least 10 times per day. They also purchase print advertising. Three months of planning by the stations’ 10 employees goes into making sure Ada’s children have a safe and happy Halloween each year.

KDHT-FM Collects Toys for Children

Every holiday season, Boogie and Mimi, two marquee personalities from KDHT-FM in Austin, Texas, can be found at various locations throughout the city encouraging listeners to help stuff a 26-foot truck completely full with Christmas toys for the less fortunate. This 50-hour live broadcast is the single largest toy drive event for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign benefiting Central Texas. Hundreds of live and recorded promotions support the “Stuff-A-Truck” event, which is now entering its third year. During each of Boogie and Mimi’s day-long live broadcasts from toy drop-off locations, listeners get to hear the personal stories of people who provide their families with Christmas gifts from Toys for Tots during financially uncertain times. The station also interviews Marines who carry out the program and community members who stop by to give. Each year, listeners fill the truck with more than 2,000 toys, making it possible for many children in the area to have a very special holiday.

KATC-FM 95.1 Raises $20,000 in Benefit Concert for Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer Foundation

Cumulus Broadcasting’s KATC-FM 95.1(Cat Country) Colorado Springs, Colorado raised more than $20,000 during its third annual Cat Country Cares For Kids benefit concert. Phil Vassar, Craig Morgan, Steve Holy, Brett Eldredge, Jason Jones and Hunter Hayes performed a sold-out show. The station held a live auction of artist memorabilia and donated the proceeds to the Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer Foundation. As one parent (or the single parent) often needs to stop working to care for the sick child, the foundation helps affected families pay their monthly bills such as mortgages, electricity and car payments.

HOT 97 New York Donates Hundreds of Toys to Kids

Emmis Communications Corporation’s WQHT-FM HOT 97.1 Hip-Hop Has Heart Foundation donated hundreds of toys to three local organizations: Harlem Hospital, Emergency Rights, a nonprofit that informs New York residents of the many private and government resources available to them and Area 145 Daycare, an organization that prepares children for kindergarten and beyond. For the fifth consecutive year, HOT 97’s Hip-Hop Has Heart Foundation and its DJs gave children a reason to look forward to the season.

WCKT-FM Raises Over $287,000 for Children’s Hospital in Florida

Clear Channel’s WCKT-FM Ft. Meyers, Fla., raised over $287,000 during their 10th annual "Helping Kids with Cancer" radiothon to benefit Children’s Hospital at Lee Memorial Health System. All proceeds from the event’s record-breaking total went to the Barbara’s Friends fund, which helps fill treatment and educational needs so pediatric oncology patients do not have to travel far for care.

Delilah Vows to Help Feed 50,000 Children

Premiere Radio Networks personality Delilah has set a goal this year to help 50,000 children and their families across the nation by providing food and essentials in partnership with hunger relief organization Feed the Children. Delilah asks listeners across more than 200 affiliate stations to donate to Feed the Children’s Americans Feeding Americans Caravan, which has served more than 325,000 American families in the past two years. "If you have spent a single night with me in the studio, you would hear the calls I receive from mothers who struggle to make ends meet and have to make a decision between paying rent or buying food for their family," Delilah said. "The organization will be the arms and legs to help reach families who need our help."

WKLB-FM’S Country Music Healing Tour Raises Spirits with the Help of Carrie Underwood

Country music star Carrie Underwood recently joined Greater Media’s WKLB-FM Boston to visit young patients and their families at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Underwood’s visit was part of WKLB-FM’s Country Music Healing Tour, brings leading country music artists to perform and meet with young patients at the hospital. The goal of the program is to lift the spirits and aid in the healing process of children with serious illnesses.