PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 2, 2019 – Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, is proud to share that it raised over $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this holiday season. Five Entercom country stations, US99 (WUSN-FM) in Chicago, 99.5 WYCD (WYCD-FM) in Detroit, 103.7 KSON (KSON-FM) in San Diego, KMLE Country@107.9 (KMLE-FM) in Phoenix and Y108 (WDSY-FM) in Pittsburgh hosted radiothons in their respective communities as part of the hospital’s “Country Cares for St. Jude Kids” program.
“I am incredibly proud of our stations and listeners for this remarkable effort to help save the lives of children with cancer,” said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom. “It does take a village, and it is an honor for Entercom to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on this important cause.”
“We could not be more thankful for our partner Entercom and its listeners, who epitomize the giving spirit and show unwavering support for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO, ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “It’s through these deep community connections at stations across the country that thousands of people from all walks of life come together to help St. Jude continue its important work of finding cures for and treating children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”
As part of US99’s 28th annual “Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon” in Chicago, the station raised $751,358 to benefit childhood cancer treatment and research. Station on-air personalities Drew Walker, Kimmie Caruba, Marci Braun, Dougie Stylz and Justin Roman, as well as station Program Director Kenny Jay, encouraged listeners to join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s monthly donation program, “Partners in Hope.”
99.5 WYCD in Detroit raised $651,900 through its radiothon on December 6 and 7. As a result of its efforts, 99.5 WYCD has been named the St. Jude Radio Station of the Year for the second time in the last 10 years.
San Diego station 103.7 KSON raised $257,110 during its annual “Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon” on December 6 and 7. In its 31st year, the radiothon was hosted by morning show team John and Tammy of “John & Tammy in the Morning.”
Through KMLE Country@107.9’s “KMLE Country Cares Radiothon” on December 13 and 14 in Phoenix, the station raised $326,705 for the hospital. During the radiothon, the station featured the heroic stories of individuals and families who are fighting cancer.
Pittsburgh station Y108’s “Y108 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radio Broadcast” on December 13 and 14 raised an additional $110,820 for the hospital.
Founded in 1962, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is a leading American media and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 170 million people each month through its premier collection of highly rated, award winning radio stations, digital platforms and live events. As one of the country’s two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a national scale with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top 50 markets. Entercom is the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting st.jude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.