Thursday, September 01, 2005

KHBS/KHOG Hosting Telethon for Hurricane Victims Today

This from an e-mailer: "40/29 is hosting a telethon today with the Red Cross.. last time they came on the air, people had donated almost $110,000. It's not over until late tonight, so I can only imagine once people get off work, much more will be donated."

Someone keep me up to date and let me know what the final talley is.

UPDATE: 10:50pm This from an e-mailer: "10:30 tally for the telethon is $314,000...phones are still ringing."


At 7:32 PM, September 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA had a telethon too. Anyone know how much they raised?

At 3:24 AM, September 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

40/29 Raises More than $322,000

FORT SMITH/FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- 40/29 Your Hometown News and the American Red Cross would like to thank everyone that helped us raise more than $322,000 for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"Once again the people in this area have opened up to help victims of a major disaster," said general manager Jim Prestwood. "We want to thank everyone that helped out in this effort."

The telethon started Thursday at 5:30 a.m. during "40/29 Your Hometown News Sunrise" and the $100,000 mark was passed by early in the afternoon. The phones didn't stop ringing until after 11 p.m.

"We are thrilled with the response from our viewers. Our phones were ringing all day long with people eager to give," said news director Mike Courington.

"$322,000 translates into nearly 50 truckloads of food and water for our fellow Americans along the coast who have lost everything," said Jody Dilday, with the American Red Cross. "This is what happens when neighbors come together to help neighbors."

All of the money raised will be used by the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

If you would like to donate to the American Red Cross's Natural Disaster Relief Fund, you can do so by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW or by logging on to

At 8:17 AM, September 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Posted this on another thread before I saw this one. Evidently KNWA had an empty fish tank set up for people to drop money in at the NWA Mall. I saw a weather cut in about 8PM and there was enough money to cover the bottom of the tank, but not much more. Maybe they had already emptied it? Did other Hearst stations hold telethons? Wonder if other Nexstar stations did?


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