PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 14, 2020 – Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and one of the two largest radio broadcasters in the U.S., raised funds to provide over 1.5 million meals for people in need through Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “Feed the Need Radiothon,” presented by Giant Eagle directly benefits displaced workers who are utilizing the emergency drive up distribution sites as well as food pantries in and around the Pittsburgh region. Dan + Shay singer Dan Smyers, former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes, country artist Lee Brice, University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball head coach Jeff Capel III, and former American Idol contestant and country singer Gabby Barrett joined Entercom Pittsburgh stations to support the fundraiser.
“It’s days like today that make you so proud to be a Pittsburgher,” said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Pittsburgh. “When you combine the connectivity of local radio with the strength of this great city amazing things can happen, as we were witness to with ‘Feed the Need.’ On behalf of our amazing team at Entercom Pittsburgh, I want to thank the entire city for stepping up to help our neighbors in need.”
“We are so grateful for the support today from Entercom and its vast network of listeners and partners,” said Lisa Scales, President and Chief Executive Officer, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “This is a testament to what we can do as a community in times of crisis.”
The initiative, which had a goal of 100,000 meals, was part of the companywide Stay Connected campaign which aligns its crisis efforts in producing impactful and compelling content, promotions and partnerships to support local communities. “Feed the Need” was broadcast live on News Radio 1020 KDKA (KDKA-AM), 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM), 100.7 Star (WBZZ-FM) and Y108 (WDSY-FM) on Tuesday, April 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. Listeners were encouraged to donate online and via phone call or text message.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank distributed more than one million more pounds of food in March 2020 than was distributed in March 2019. The Food Bank has also seen an increase of 543 percent of people coming to the warehouse for support. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank was founded in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1980 to support those dealing with unemployment after the collapse of the steel Industry.
Entercom Pittsburgh partners with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank annually. For more information, please visit KDKARadio.com/feedtheneed.
About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading audio and entertainment company engaging over 170 million consumers each month through its iconic broadcast brands, expansive digital platform, premium podcast network and live events and experiences. With presence in every major U.S. market, and accessible on every device, Entercom delivers the industry’s most compelling live and on-demand content and experiences from voices and influencers its communities trust and love. The company’s robust portfolio of assets and integrated solutions offer advertisers today’s most engaged audiences through targeted reach, brand amplification and local activation—all at national scale. Entercom is the unrivaled leader in local radio sports and news and the #1 creator of live, original local audio content in the U.S. Learn more at www.entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).