Radio One Gospel Community Raises More Than $1.4 Million For St. Jude
March 27, 2015 at 1:23 PM (PT)
RADIO ONE’s national network of praise stations, along with celebrity radio hosts YOLANDA ADAMS, TOM JOYNER, WILLIE MOORE, JR. and LONNIE HUNTER lent their voices to help the fight against sickle cell disease, childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Their efforts helped raise more than $1.4 million for kids at ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL during the eighth annual RADIO CARES FOR ST. JUDE KIDS national radio broadcast event.
RADIO ONE’s partners and celebrity friends continued to drum up awareness and support by sharing the hospital’s mission through testimonies of patient families and the latest news about groundbreaking research, advances in treatment and the lifesaving work conducted there. This year’s top fundraising stations are WPZE (PRAISE 102.5)/ATLANTA, WPPZ (PRAISE 103.9)/PHILADELPHIA and WPRS (PRAISE 104.1)/WASHINGTON, D.C. Since 2008, the event has raised nearly $10 million in cash and pledges.
“RADIO ONE is a proud partner of ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL and we are particularly proud of our highly engaged and loyal listeners for responding to our call and exceeding our financial goal this year. This national radio event proves the continued power of radio to emotionally connect with listeners and move them to action. In this case, the action is literally life-saving for thousands of children,” said RADIO ONE RADIO DIVISION President CHRIS WEGMANN.
“ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL is very dear to my heart, and a cause our audiences and staff genuinely connect with year after year,” said YOLANDA ADAMS. “My family and I continue to be blessed, inspired and moved by these families that represent faith, strength and love.”
RADIO ONE Urban AC and news stations in CHARLOTTE, CLEVELAND, CINCINNATI, DETROIT, HOUSTON, INDIANAPOLIS and ST. LOUIS, in addition to EMMIS BROADCASTING’s WLIB NEW YORK and WTHB and WAKB in AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, also joined the chorus of stations and talent supporting this year’s national fundraising effort.
“We greatly appreciate our partnership with RADIO ONE, which enables us to harness a vast network of music stations and celebrity supporters and leverage the power of gospel music to support our lifesaving mission,” said hospital President RICHARD SHADYAC JR. “The RADIO CARES FOR ST. JUDE KIDS program is a remarkable opportunity to celebrate the true spirit of giving while raising funds and awareness to help us find cures for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”