Service to America Community Award for Radio Recipients

2018 Winners

KTXY-FM Columbia, Miss. (Small Market)
Raising money and awareness for MU’s Children’s Hospital to help sick kids is the main reason “why we do radiothon,” but we also do it because many members of our staff have needed this hospital for their own children at some point. This is a crown jewel event for our company, where we show off the power of our stations and our love for the communities we serve. The main points we want our listeners to come away with during radiothon: Every dollar they donate stays local, and no child is ever turned away regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

WOWO-AM Fort Wayne, Ind. (Medium Market)
WOWO’s annual Penny Pitch campaign has been providing grants to individuals and not-for-profit organizations serving Northeast Indiana, since 1948. The main mission of Penny Pitch is to help those who are either disadvantaged or physically handicapped by supporting charities that have the same mission in mind. Over the course of 2017’s Penny Pitch efforts, we raised $176,407 for The Shepherd’s House in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The organization provides temporary housing for homeless military veterans living with addictions. However, the generosity didn’t stop there, just a few days after WOWO’s two-day radiothon wrapped up Mark Music with Ruoff Home Mortgage made a $25,000 donation, taking our grand total to $201,407. 

KJLH-FM Inglewood, Calif. (Large / Major Market)
Maintaining and living a healthy lifestyle is a major issue in the African American community. The KJLH Women's Health Expo is a daylong interactive event that gives thousands of women access to medical professionals, free health screenings, and vital information needed to maintain a productive and healthy life. For some of the women in our community, the expo is the only opportunity they have to receive free mammograms, diabetes, high blood pressure screenings, as well as HIV /AIDS testing. KJLH is proud to give the people of our community the chance to be examined by the best physicians, nutritionist, and experts in the medical industry. The Women's Health Expo was created 18 years ago in a small church, as a resource for women to receive proper health care. The Expo has grown to host thousands of women in the Los Angeles and Long Beach Convention Centers.

2017 KZLV-FM San Antonio, Texas

The KZLV “Share the Love” campaign engaged listeners in thanking and assisting those who serve in their community, as well as increasing their own levels of service. The campaign activated hundreds of volunteers for numerous organizations including the San Antonio’s Parks Department, St. PJ’s Children’s Home, Haven for Hope homeless shelter, and many others. The station helped provide 2,000 families with packs containing enough food to feed a family of four for a week. The K-LOVE Crisis Response Care program was developed to support first responders and assist with their emotional needs. The program included critical incident stress management training for first responders and community volunteers. KZLV further served their community during their random acts of appreciation and gratitude campaign in February.

2016 Cox Radio Group Miami, Fla.

Through PSAs, events and "food-raisers." Cox Radio Group Miami helps feed their community with year-round outreach. By engaging listeners to replenish food shelves in local neighborhoods where the demand is high, Cox feeds an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people weekly. The program reached an estimated 5.2 million pounds of food collected and distributed in 2015 alone.

2015 WCCO-AM Minneapolis, Minn.

Through public service announcements, events and fundraisers, WCCO helped feed the hungry through year-round outreach.

2014 KSTP-FM St. Paul, Minn.

The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund was established after Zach Sobiech’s story was featured on the 2012 KS95 for Kids Radiothon. Through ongoing support by KSTP, the fund has raised more than $750,000 for children’s cancer research.

2013 WQHT-FM New York, New York

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Hot 97’s Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation was in first place to respond to the overwhelming needs of the community.

2012 WBLS-FM New York, New York

A lack of awareness and education about health has negatively affected the African-American community. WBLS made strides to turn this around by creating a community health initiative to bring health-related issues into the public eye.

2011 KPLU-FM Tacoma, Wash.

KPLU-FM launched the School of Jazz project to engage jazz professionals with high school jazz bands in western Washington in a mentorship program.

2010 KPAM Portland, Ore.

KPAM-AM’s “Operation Santa Claus” was created to raise money to provide financial assistance to member of the armed forces and their families in Oregon and Southern Washington.

2009 Delmarva Broadcasting Wilmington, Del.

SmartDrive is a driver improvement program conceived by Delmarva Broadcasting Company in response to a rash of preventable teen vehicle deaths.







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