February 1, 1994
Media Contact:Debbie Bangledorf
Phone: (410) 223-1731
E-mail: DBangledorf@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

WWMX (MIX 106.5) morning radio host Mike McCarthy and the staff of are finalizing plans for the fifth annual 106-hour radiothon to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. McCarthy will be on the air from 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1 until 4 p.m., Sunday, June 5. The end of the radiothon coincides with the -TV Children's Miracle Network Telethon on NewsChannel 2.

The Telethon airs live from the studios of NewsChannel 2 and via satellite from Disneyland from 9 p.m., June 4 to 6 p.m., June 5. Anchors Mary Beth Marsden and Stan Stovall host the event with help from the WMAR NewsChannel 2 news team.

The radiothon, which was initiated by McCarthy in 1989, has raised more than $700,000 for the Children's Center through Phone:d-in pledges by listeners. During the 106 hours, McCarthy will play his usual musical mix, but also interview Children's Center staff, patients and parents. More than 100 volunteers answer Phone:s and keep the momentum going.

This year, the radiothon will have its first patient ambassador. Bryce Riley, 14, of Baltimore was diagnosed at age 8 with a rare muscle and tissue disease called dermatomyositis and is seen by a multidisciplinary team of specialists at the Children's Center. Bryce will participate in many of the 106 hours of air time put in by McCarthy.

"Bryce has been a good buddy to me during past radiothons," McCarthy says. "He's helped keep me awake when things started getting blurry. He's a real inspiration."

Frank Oski, M.D., Children's Center director, says, "We are grateful to Mike McCarthy and the entire staff of MIX 106.5 for helping us support existing programs and to begin new projects for children in Baltimore and our surrounding neighborhoods."

Under the leadership of station manager Ardie Gregory, the station donates airtime for the radiothon. Last year, the event raised $275,000 for the Children's Center. This year, Gregory says she hopes to top $300,000.

The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is the children's hospital of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Maryland's only comprehensive acute care hospital for children, the center, with its 193-beds and more than 40 division and services, treats 7,000 inpatients and more than 90,000 outpatients annually.

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