May 15, 1997
Media Contact: Melissa Sweeney
MIX 106.5 FM Morning Show hosts are gearing up for their eighth annual Radiothon. The 106-hour broadcast marathon is part of the Children's Miracle Network Telethon that culminates on NewsChannel 2. All money raised goes directly to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
JoJo Girard and Kenny Campbell will stay on the air, from 5:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 28 until 4 p.m., Sunday, June 1. Last year they raised $336,000. Proceeds are used to support Children's Center programs, including the pediatric emergency department, home-based dialysis, Child Life and hospice care. In addition to program support, these funds are used to purchase items such as bedside parent sleep chairs, equipment for the pediatric intensive care unit's transport service, and other medical technologies. "We are grateful to MIX and the community for helping us support existing programs and begin projects for children in Baltimore and surrounding neighborhoods," says Children's Center director and pediatrician-in chief George Dover, M.D.
Throughout the Radiothon, JoJo and Kenny interview Children's Center patients, their families, physicians, and other medical staff. These guests share their experiences in managing pediatric illness and injuries no matter what the outcomes.
In addition, the MIX Radiothon features music, comedy, messages from celebrities, and promotional incentives including Orioles tickets, Merriweather concert passes, weekend getaway packages, and more. The Radiothon offers listeners the opportunity to increase the value of their pledges during "MIX Match Sponsor Hours," when listeners pledges are matched by Baltimore corporate dollars.
On June 1, JoJo and Kenny will present a check representing the pledge total at the Children's Center Telethon grand finale televised on NewsChannel 2.
The Johns Hopkins Children's Center is the children's hospital of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Maryland's most comprehensive acute-care hospital for children, the Center with its 177 beds and more than 40 divisions and services, treats 8,000 inpatients and more than 64,000 outpatients annually. Its pediatric emergency department treats 26,000 children annually.