Broadcasters continue to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Here are more efforts:
Beasley Broadcast Group says its five-station cluster in the Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, N.C. market is working with other media outlets and the American Red Cross to raise money. Representatives from participating Beasley stations, the Red Cross and WCTI TV12 will be on site at area locations to accept cash donations from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 12-16.
Trinity Broadcasting Network joined the Los Angeles Dream Center in welcoming up to 300 displaced families to the facility, a non-profit outreach ministry that helps inner cities. TBN donated $100,000 to the Dream Center to aid in relocation of evacuees. Pastor Tommy Barnett of the Dream Center says accommodating, feeding and caring for this number of people, perhaps for the next three to six months, is a massive undertaking. “We’re getting calls from churches and friends around the nation asking how they can help, and we’re simply urging them to pour their resources and their prayers into this crisis response,” he said.
Northwestern College’s KTIS(FM) says all proceeds from its upcoming KTIS Sharathon Concert will be designated for hurricane relief. The concert will be held at Grace Church of Eden Prairie on Sept. 22, 7 p.m. In addition to ticket proceeds, an offering will be taken to further assist victims.
The Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Manning, Marsh Supermarkets and Clear Channel’s WFBQ(FM) raised more than $211,000 during a live radio auction on Sept. 8. Additionally, early in the broadcast, held on “The Bob & Tom Show network,” Colts owner and CEO Jim Irsay challenged listeners and announced a match of up to $100,000 on contributions raised during the auction, bringing the total to $311,975. The money is being donated to the American Red Cross.