Thanksgiving week didn’t stop radio from helping the communities they serve. Saga Portland is underway with its annual “Stuff The Bus” food drive, while WFNZ Charlotte is holding its “17th Annual Street Turkeys.” KRAV-FM raises a record-breaking amount of food during its annual “Restock the Cupboard” fundraiser, playing off of interstate college football rivalries; WRQK-FM and WKDD set the stage for the annual “Long Haul Against Hunger” radiothon and WCCO raises $342,000 during its “2019 Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon.”
Saga Communications classic hits “Rewind 100.9” WYNZ Portland was out each day of the short work-week, collecting food for the 14th annual “Stuff The Bus” food drive. “Rewind 100.9” staff was out from 7am-7pm Monday and Tuesday and again from 7am until 12pm on Wednesday. Past year “Stuff The Bus” events have collected 100,000 pounds of food each year. Donations benefit Preble Street, which operates three full-time kitchens and a food pantry to aid Portland-area residents who would otherwise go hungry.
Entercom sports WFNZ Charlotte holds its “17th Annual Street Turkeys” food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Loaves & Fishes from 6am-7pm on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
The station will broadcast from a Harris Teeter location encouraging listeners to donate turkeys, canned food, cash and non-perishable items. Harris Teeter stepped up with a donation of 3,000 pies, 1,000 turkey breasts and a truckload of eggs equivalent to 29,000 meals.
The event will also feature appearances by Charlotte Hornets players, the Honey Bees cheerleading team and team mascot Hugo. The Hornets, along with Food Lion will donate 500 turkeys to the food drive.
Cox Media Group hot AC “Mix 96.5” KRAV-FM Tulsa collected a record-breaking amount of food during its annual “Restock the Cupboard” fundraiser to benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
The “Mix 96.5” staff broadcasted live from LaFortune Park in Tulsa, OK for 12 hours playing off the upcoming rivalry game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University as fans of each school to donated food items or made monetary donations. Enough was collected to cover more than 64,000 meals.
“We are thrilled to be able to play off the fierce OU vs. OSU rivalry to help put food on the table of people who are struggling to make ends meet,” Market VP Cathy Gunther said in a release. “One in four kids go to bed hungry in Tulsa, and that’s not something we can ignore.”
The “Restock the Cupboard” fundraiser continues with the station asking fans to donate ahead of the Nov. 30 game. The school responsible for the most donations will be named “2019 Restock Champion.”
As earlier reported by Inside Radio, “The Stansbury Show” on iHeartMedia “Rock 106.9” WRQK-FM Canton hosted its “Mac & Cheese Feed” food drive to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank Friday, Nov. 22. Dan Stansbury and Matt Fantone broadcasted the afternoon show live from Shale Brewing Co., inviting listeners to support the Foodbank’s annual Holiday Campaign.
The event is part of the larger “Long Haul Against Hunger” on Dec. 6 when “Rock 106.9” partners with hot AC sister WKDD (98.1) for a 13-hour radiothon. Last year the radiothon raised the equivalent of 468,000 meals for the Foodbank’s eight-county service area, the Suburbanite reports.
“The iHeartMedia stations and Dan and Matt are tremendous supporters of the Foodbank and our hunger-relief efforts,” Dan Flowers, President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank told the publication. “They’re always looking for new ways to educate their listeners on hunger within our community and continuously give back through their advocacy and volunteerism efforts.”
Meanwhile, Entercom news/talk WCCO Minneapolis (830) raised over $342,000 to benefit Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities during the “2019 Union Gospel Mission Hunger Radiothon,” which was held Nov. 18 from 6am-7pm at the Mall of America. The amount raised during the 17th annual radiothon brought the overall fundraising total to over $3 million since 2003.
“Entercom Minneapolis and 830 WCCO are proud to support the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities and its local efforts to fight hunger, homelessness and addiction in Minnesota,” Senior VP/Market Manager Shannon Knoepke said in a release. “I’m incredibly proud of the selflessness and generosity of our listeners who stepped up to the plate to help us deliver another successful radiothon.”