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Radio Broadcasters Take on Pumpkin Thieves

More tales from charitable acts from radio broadcasters

The November issue of the NAB’s Licensed to Serve is out. This issue collects stories of mean pumpkin thieves, homeless shelters and kidnapped children rescued and more.

KFOR(AM) in Lincoln, Neb., a Three Eagles Communications property, helped out in a child kidnapping case. A listener heard the alert the station relayed and called the police after seeing a car matching the description in the alert. The child was returned to safety.

In Buffalo, N.Y., pumpkin thieves tried to ruin a young cancer-stricken girl’s Halloween but Entercom’s WKSE(FM) issued a successful plea for replacement pumpkins.

Keith Larson, a host at Greater Media’s WBT(AM) in Charlotte, N.C., has written a book, “That Season of Hope,” about a young cancer patient named Hope whom he met in 2003. Proceeds from the book benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Carolina Panthers Keep Pounding Cancer Fund.

WEBQ(FM) in Harrisburg, Ill., owned by Withers Broadcasting, rode to the rescue when it heard that a local homeless shelter would be closing. Holding a radiothon, WEBQ raised $40,000 to keep it open.

Taking advantage of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Beasley Broadcasting’s WXTU(FM) in Philadelphia was part of a three-day, 60-mile walk that raised almost $800,000.

Read the issue.