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Broadcasters Love Kids

Radio raises funds for families and children’s groups

The NAB has released its July issue of its Licensed to Serve newsletter outlining community service activities of the nation’s broadcasters.

Radio stations raised money to send some kids to camp. KKJO(FM), an Eagle Communications property in St. Joseph, Mo., raised $13,000 for pediatric cancer patients to attend Camp Quality, a summer camp in northwestern Missouri.

In Baltimore, Hearst’s WBAL(AM) raised money for 400, mostly underprivileged, elementary school children to get out of the city and into a summer camp.

Up the road in Philadelphia, CBS’ TV and radio properties teamed up for the ninth annual Alex Scott Phone Bank to raise almost $3 million for a pediatric cancer foundation.

In a cross-company promotion Rita Cosby of New York Cumulus property WABC(AM) and Melanie Morgan of Sonoma Media Group’s KSRO(AM) in Santa Rosa, Calif., hosted the eighth Annual Move America Forward Troopathon. The event raises money for care packages for troops in Afghanistan. They were joined by a few of their friends, including: Rush Limbaugh, Tony Orlando, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Dennis Miller, Geraldo Rivera, Ted Nugent, Adam Corolla, Joe Theismann and Nancy Grace.

CBS Radio sports talk station WFAN(FM) in New York hosted “Boomer & Carton’s True Blue Charity Softball Game” at Yankee Stadium. The event collected $400,000 and benefitted recently slain N.Y. police officers.

Also on the police front, Cox Media stations WDBO(FM), Orlando, Fla., and WCFB(FM), Daytona Beach, Fla., hosted a forum to discuss law enforcement policies.