WTOP Sponsorship Helps County Parks Keep Porta-Potties Open
August 26, 2010 at 10:17 AM (PT)
BONNEVILLE News WTOP/WASHINGTON came to the relief of users of MONTGOMERY COUNTY (MD) parks, as the station and the LONG BRANCH CIVIC ASSOCIATION joined A STEP IN TIME CHIMNEY SWEEPS in providing funding to keep portable toilets in the parks. The porta-potties were slated for removal on JUNE 30th due to budget cutbacks by the MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, but the sponsorships have restored the facilities for at least six more months.
Signs for WTOP and the LONG BRANCH CIVIC ASSOCIATION are being placed inside the doors of the toilets, while banners for A STEP IN TIME, the primary sponsor, will appear in key locations in the parks where the toilets are being deployed.
In a memo to WTOP staff, VP/Programming JIM FARLEY noted, "We haven't seen any other news organization in town get off the pot like WTOP did! We are helping out a cash-starved park system that was leaving people with no place to go. Who better to do this than the radio station that gets people going in the morning? It's the TOP POT. On a serious note, we are encouraging other news organizations (Hey! NPR!) to get off the pot and help out the parks (and people) in need."
If NPR, or anyone else, wants to participate in sponsoring the porta-potties, KATE STOOKEY at the MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS can be reached at (301) 650-2892 or Kate.Stookey@MontgomeryParks.org.