SiriusXM Host Joe Madison Raises Funds For Smithsonian With Marathon 52-Hour Broadcast
February 27, 2015 at 1:10 PM (PT)
SIRIUSXM’s JOE MADISON achieved the historic goal of a 52-hour marathon broadcast, which raised more than $150,000 for the construction of the SMITHSONIAN’s NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE, the final museum to be built on the NATIONAL MALL in WASHINGTON, D.C.
Airing as part of BLACK HISTORY MONTH, the historic broadcast -- currently under review as a new world record by the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ORGANIZATION -- began on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25th at 6a (EST) and continued, un-interrupted, until this morning at 10a (EST).
“I am exhausted but, when you do something for the right reasons and have the support of others, you really can do anything,” said MADISON. “I hope our SIRIUSXM broadcast helps cast a spotlight on the need to raise funds for the much needed NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE."
The special broadcast included guests such as ARETHA FRANKLIN, GENERAL MOTORS VP Global Design EDWARD T. WELBURN, sports journalist STEPHEN A. SMITH, actor/comedian WAYNE BRADY and soul singer BETTYE LAVETTE. Additional guests included REVEREND AL SHARPTON, LOU GOSSETT, TAVIS SMILEY, LUDACRIS, DENISE NICHOLS, MARY WILSON, DICK GREGORY, Congressman CHARLES RANGEL, DARIUS RUCKER, SPENCER HAYWOOD, ROBERT GATEWOOD and AJA BYRD, among others.
Award-winning humanitarian and civil rights activist JOE MADISON broadcasts his daily show on SIRIUSXM URBAN VIEW channel 126. A constant participant in the political and national debate, MADISON is one of the top AFRICAN-AMERICAN radio broadcasters in the nation today, most recently taking to the airways to lead the funding efforts to get actor and comedian DICK GREGORY a star on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. MADISON has interviewed PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA and the First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA on multiple occasions and is in constant conversation with politicians, activists and prominent AFRICAN-AMERICAN personalities.