Journal/Wichita Raises $116,675 For Kansas Honor Flights
August 24, 2010 at 9:44 AM (PT)
JOURNAL BROADCAST GROUP/WICHITA, which includes Country KFDI, Classic Country KFTI and Oldies KLIO, has raised $116,675 for the KANSAS HONOR FLIGHTS scheduled for this fall. The HONOR FLIGHTS fly veterans of WORLD WAR II to WASHINGTON, D.C. free of charge so they can visit the WWII memorial there.
Local businesses and listeners donated money during a nine-week campaign that included daily on-air interviews with organizers of CENTRAL PRAIRIE HONOR FLIGHTS in KANSAS, as well as many WWII veterans. The next HONOR FLIGHT will leave WICHITA’s MID-CONTINENT AIRPORT on SEPTEMBER 28th and return the next day.
JOURNAL/WICHITA OM BEVERLEE BRANNIGAN said: “This mission really connected with our listeners who have grandfathers or even fathers who fought in the second WORLD WAR. It was also an urgent mission because an average of 17 WWII veterans are passing away each day in KANSAS.”
KFDI morning co-host KELLIE MICHAELS also commented: “It was our privilege to help raise this money for Honor Flights. These men deserve to be honored for the sacrifices they made 65 years ago.” KELLIE’s morning partner, BRIAN PIERCE, added: “We met so many WORLD WAR II veterans who were just thrilled to tell their war stories to someone who hadn’t heard them before. It was like listening to a living history book. We need to honor them now, while we still have the chance."
KELLIE will join KFTI morning personality BEKKI GARDNER as guardians on the SEPTEMBER HONOR FLIGHT, helping to take care of the veterans during the trip. They will also broadcast from WASHINGTON, D.C., during the trip.