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WSOU-FM Hosts Record-Breaking Clothing Drive

Date Posted: 10/20/2020

Seton Hall Universitys WSOU South Orange, N.J. set a record for donations to its annual clothing drive held in October for the Our Lady of the Sioux Church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The station collected enough clothing to fill 25 large boxes with clothes, footwear, and accessories for all ages and all seasons. Students folded and packed the donations at the radio station, while following safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The clothing will benefit members of the Oglala Lakota community, as well as others on the reservation. WSOUs relationship with the Our Lady of the Sioux Catholic Church began in 2014, after a station staff member participated in a university-organized mission trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

I am beyond proud of the way that our staff members, alumni, and university community came together for this effort. said WSOU Staff Representative Dalton Allison. With all of the negative things happening in the world this year, it just goes to show that human compassion triumphs over everything else.

WKXW-FM Shines A Light on New Jersey Court

Date Posted: 6/29/2020

Townsquare Medias WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J., was nominated for a 2020 Service to Community Award in the Radio - Small Market category. In July 2019, WKXW launched a series of reports highlighting misconduct within the New Jersey Family Court regarding rape and sexual assault cases. These investigative reports included the shocking details of local judges blocking prosecutors requests to try juveniles as adults as well as a pattern of victim blaming.

This news series encouraged the community and local lawmakers to respond to these injustices. As a result of this series of investigative reports, the state Supreme Court accepted the resignation of one of the judges, took action to remove another from the bench and implemented mandatory sex crime training for all judges.

WKXW-FM Donates 11,000 Feel Better Bears

Date Posted: 6/28/2020

Townsquare Medias WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J., was nominated for a 2020 Service to Community Award in the Radio - Small Market category. In partnership with the New Jersey State Policemans Benevolent Association, WKXW found a way to comfort children involved in crisis situations. The goal of this campaign was to gather donations of new teddy bears around the community to help comfort children following any tense situations to which they were exposed. With over 11,000 teddy bears collected, police cars across the state were equipped with these comfort tools to go directly into the hands of the children who could use a little something to feel better during tough times.

Beasley Media Group Unveils New Jersey Stands Together Merchandise to Benefit Pandemic Relief

Date Posted: 5/22/2020

Beasley Media Groups WDHA-FM, WMTR-AM, WMGQ-FM, WCTC-AM, WRAT-FM and WJRZ-FM Morristown, N.J. unveiled on May 22 a line of New Jersey Stands Together and Jersey Shore Stands Together merchandise to benefit the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

T-shirts, ladies tank tops, coffee mugs, phone cases and stickers went on sale on May 22nd with 100 percent of the net proceeds benefiting the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund (NJPRF).

Funds donated to the NJPRF are granted to organizations that provide essential services to those in need and individuals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are incredibly grateful for the hard work and commitment of the Beasley Media Group, said New Jersey first lady Tammy Snyder Murphy, founding chair of New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. The money raised from this merchandise will help address the urgent needs of our community, both now and in the weeks and months ahead as we continue fighting this pandemic.

Stations Announce Jersey 4 Jersey Concert

Date Posted: 4/15/2020

Local stations will broadcast a Jersey 4 Jersey concert on April 22 for COVID-19 relief in the state, featuring current and former New Jersey residents including Jon Bon Jovi, Tony Bennett, Jon Stewart and Bruce Springsteen. Funds raised during the relief concert will go to The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.

The broadcast will also highlight the efforts of healthcare workers in the state and include information about how to stop the spread of the disease.

WRAT-FM Hosts Operation Gift Card

Date Posted: 4/10/2020

Beasleys WRAT-FM Lake Como, N.J., launched Operation Gift Card in mid-March to support local businesses offering gift card sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. By mid-April, the number of participating businesses surpassed 100 restaurants and retailers.

WKXW-FM Hosts Second Town Hall Focused on COVID-19

Date Posted: 3/27/2020

Townsquare Medias WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J, hosted a second town hall broadcast on March 26 addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on health and medical issues. Morning news anchor Eric Scott broadcast live from the WKXN-FM studios, while guests called into the station. Guests included an infectious disease specialist and the Division of Geriatrics chief at Hackensack University Medical Center. The town hall was also streamed on the stations website and social media pages.

Townsquare Launches Podcast on Addiction

Date Posted: 3/2/2020

Townsquares WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J., launched a new podcast on February 12 to address addiction. The first episode of the podcast featured guest Daniel Regan of the non-profit CFC Loud-N-Clear, who discussed his personal battles with addiction. A new podcast airs on the first Wednesday of every month.

Townsquare Hosts COVID-19 Town Hall

Date Posted: 3/1/2020

Townsquare Medias WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J. aired a special Town Hall on March 12 to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The broadcast, hosted by Special Projects Director and Morning News Anchor Eric Scott, featured Dr. Ed Lifshitz, medical director of the New Jersey Department of Healths Communicable Disease Service; Dr. Lincoln Miller, infectious disease specialist with RWJ Barnabas Health; Ken Kamen, president of Princeton-based Mercadien Asset Management; and a representative from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. It also streamed on Facebook Live.

WKXW-FM Supports Special Olympics During Polar Plunge

Date Posted: 2/20/2020

Townsquare Medias WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J., supported Special Olympics New Jersey during the annual New Jersey Law Enforcement Community Polar Plunge on February 22. The station broadcast on-location from the beach and interviewed Special Olympics athletes, event organizers and those taking a swim in the cold water. The event raised $2.5 million.

WKXW-FM Collects 7,000 Stuffed Animals

Date Posted: 1/23/2020

Townsquare Medias WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J., collected over 7,000 stuffed animals during the month-long Feel Better Bears campaign, held November 23 - December 20. The New Jersey State Policemans Benevolent Association will distribute the stuffed animals to comfort children in emergency situations.

The Feel Better Bears program is a testament to the positive impact local radio has in the community, said Market President Ron deCastro.

WSOU Holds Record-Setting Food Drive

Date Posted: 12/20/2019

Seton Hall Universitys WSOU-FM Orange, N.J. donated a record-breaking 1,202 pounds of food to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey on December 17. The food collected during the stations sixth annual food drive will provide over 1,500 meals to those in the local community.

Townsquares WKXW Addresses Online Child Predators

Date Posted: 12/11/2019

Townsquare Medias WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J., held a special Town Hall on December 11 addressing online child predators. Morning News Anchor Eric Scott moderated the panel, which featured live, call-in questions from listeners. Participants included New Jersey State Police Lt. John Pizzuro, Commander of the NJSPs Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni; and Dr. Steven Tobias, Director of the Center for Child & Family Development in Morristown, N.J. The station also produced and aired special news segments from investigative reporter David Matthau prior to the Town Hall.

WSOU Collects 3,200 Bottles of Water

Date Posted: 10/25/2019

Seton Hall Universitys WSOU-FM South Orange, N.J., collected 3,200 bottles of water for residents exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water. Pregnant women and children under six years old are advised to avoid drinking city water, even if it has been filtered. The City of Newark (population 285,000) has only two distribution centers for free bottled water for children and pregnant women. They are limited to two cases of water every two weeks regardless of household size. WSOU delivered the water on October 17 to the Women and Childrens Center at St. Johns Soup Kitchen.

Doing nothing or pretending the problem has been completely fixed simply werent options for us, said WSOU Sports Director Dalton Allison, who led the effort. As students and broadcasters, we felt a responsibility to act.

The commitment our students have to replicating at the college level the public service and community-based activities of professional broadcasters is truly impressive, said General Manager Mark Maben.

WSOU-FM Collects Record Clothing Donations

Date Posted: 6/30/2019

Seton Hall Universitys WSOU-FM South Orange, N.J., set a new record for donations to its annual clothing drive for the Our Lady of the Sioux Church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The station collected enough clothing to fill 14 large boxes with clothes for all ages and seasons.

One of the things students learn at our station is that radio is about more than entertainment, its about community service as well, said General Manager Mark Maben.

WSOU Collects 900 Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 12/10/2018

Seton Hall Universitys WSOU-FM South Orange, N.J. collected 908 pounds of food for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The Students Change Hunger drive, held September 17 December 10, far surpassing the previous record of 640 pounds. It is one of WSOUs annual community service projects because nearly one million New Jersey residents, including 270,000 children, need food assistance.

At Seton Hall we learn that broadcasting isnt just about entertainment, it is also about partnering with others to make a difference within your listening area, said WSOU Staff Representative Jose Feliciano. Its a great feeling to know that we are helping to improve peoples lives.

Beasleys WRAT-FM Hosts Food Drive

Date Posted: 12/7/2018

Beasley Media Groups WRAT-FM Lake Como, N.J., collected nearly 15,000 pounds of food and 6,000 pounds of clothes during its 20th annual Broadcast for the People of New Jersey Thanksgiving Season Collection Drive on November 19- 20. Three local non-profits used the food to provide 12,000 meals.

WJRZ-FM Fills 50 Foot Semi-Truck with Donations

Date Posted: 11/19/2017

Beasley Media Groups WJRZ-FM Toms River, N.J., held its Share the Joy collection drive and live radio broadcast November 18-19. The station collected $1,832 in cash and checks; $275 in gift cards; 13 pallets of food; 20 turkeys; 13 pallets of clothing; and 375 toys to benefit Ocean County Hunger Relief and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean City. Year after year, 100.1 WJRZs listeners come through for local families in need at the holidays during our Share the Joy broadcasts, and 2017 was no exception, said Program Director Matt Knight. 100.1 WJRZs listeners are dedicated to ensuring that people are able to enjoy the holidays a little bit more than they would have.

WJLP Airing Town Hall Meeting On Heroin Crisis

Date Posted: 3/31/2017

PMCM TVs Me TV affiliate WJLP-TV Middletown, N.J. aired A Jersey Matters Town Hall: The Heroin Crisis on March 24 to shed light on New Jerseys growing heroin and prescription drug crisis. PMCMs Me TV affiliate KJWP-TV Wilmington, Del., - which serves viewers in the Philadelphia metro area also aired the special. Panelists included politicians, medical experts, actress Mackenzie Phillips and New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

WSOU-FM Collects 640 Pounds of Food

Date Posted: 11/4/2016

Student-run WSOU-FM at Seton Hall University participated in the Students Change Hunger program, collecting 640 pounds of food for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The haul was 300 pounds more than was collected by the station in 2015. WSOU kicked-off its 2016 food drive on November 4 as part of the stations College Radio Day activities.

WAWZ-FM Produces Empty Shoe Memorial

Date Posted: 9/11/2016

Pillar of Fires WAWZ-FM Princeton, N.J. produced its Empty Shoe Memorial in honor of the anniversary of 9/11. WAWZ-FM staff visited local business in July and August to collect 2,996 shoes to represent every person lost in the attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the four plane crashes. The shoes were displayed in a local meadow from September 10 18 and then donated to Soles 4 Souls, an organization that fights poverty by repurposing gently-worn shoes.

Delaware and New Jersey Stations Offer Debates

Date Posted: 3/22/2016

PMCM TVs Me-TV affiliates WJLP Middletown Township, N.J. and KJWP Wilmington, DE offered the Republican and Democrat presidential contenders an hour of primetime in the two weeks leading up to the primaries. Both stations will air the programs regardless of other candidates participation at 8 p.m. from April 6 15, leading up to the New York primary, and on April 24 before Delaware, Pennsylvania and Connecticut contests. As longtime broadcasters, we take our public service commitment seriously, said PMCM President and CEO Robert McAllan.

Rep. Frank Pallone Praises Broadcasters Heroic Work

Date Posted: 3/1/2016

At the NAB State Leadership Conference on February 23, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) praised broadcasters "heroic work" in providing lifeline information during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, saying, "Their work your work saves countless lives." He specifically praised Greater Medias WRAT-FM Point Pleasant for how quickly the edgy rock station switched to 24-hour news, becoming a vital information source. WRAT connected a listener to a family member who he hadnt heard from for days. "WRAT had the privilege of broadcasting a family reunion that could not have happened without them," Pallone said. "And they did all this at the same time that the storm surge was inching closer to their station.To me that is what broadcasters are all about." Pallone recently proposed the SANDY Act to recognize the important role broadcasters play during emergencies and ensure that they get priority access to fuel for backup generators.

Student-run WSOU-FM Stays On air

Date Posted: 2/16/2016

Seton Hall Universitys WSOU-FM stayed live on air while the university was closed. Students worked in shifts to provide news, weather and traffic updates. "Experiences like these help prepare students for their careers and demonstrate that student-run college radio stations can be vital souces of information for the communities they serve," said General Manager Mark Maben.

WCHR-FM Host "Boards" on Billboard

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Townsquare Medias WCHR-FM Toms River, N.J. raised $119,000 for Ocean of Love Foundation. During the fundraiser, DJ Andy Chase spent five days braving the elements and living on top of a billboard to raise awareness of the Foundation. Currently, 53 families affected by childhood cancer receive support from Ocean of Love. Watch this video showing fire trucks pull up to Andys billboard with sirens blaring to donate $9,500. Listen to audio and watch video of Andy coming down from the billboard.

WCTC-AM Announces Anti-Drug Themed Music Contest

Date Posted: 1/14/2016

Greater Medias WCTC-AM New Brunswick, N.J., the New Jersey Broadcasters Association and the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey are hosting the "2016 New Jersey Shout Down Drugs!" The music competition encourages high school students to create positive messages about avoiding drugs and alcohol. A concert on May 25 will feature finalists. First place receives a $5,000 music contract; second place, $3,000; and third place $2,000.

WRAT-FM Fills Truck With 15,000 Meals and 9,000 Pounds of Clothes

Date Posted: 1/13/2015

Greater Medias WRAT-FM Lake Como, N.J. provided roughly 15,000 meals to local residents through its 16th annual food drive. WRAT-FM filled a 48-foot tractor trailer with donations for three charities: food for the Food Bank of Ocean and Monmouth counties, clothing for Family Resource Associates, and toiletries for Holiday Express. This included 2,000 tooth brushes and 350 tubes of tooth paste, more than 9,000 pounds of clothes (up from 7,000 pounds in 2013), more than 15,000 pounds of food and 268 turkeys. Donations came in many forms: one donor brought a food-filled shopping cart on the back of his tow truck. A high school sent a school bus filled with donations.

WMGQ-FM, WCTC-AM Golf Event Supports Hospital Renovations

Date Posted: 10/2/2014

Greater Medias WMGQ-FM and WCTC-AM New Brunswick, N.J., hosted their second annual Charity Golf Tournament in July at Royce Brook Golf Club-West. Proceeds went to Saint Peters University Hospitals campaign to renovate and expand its emergency department. The event raised more than $3,000 through the raffle and $150,000 in sponsorships for the hospital.

New Jersey Woman Says CBS Radio PSA Saved Her Life

Date Posted: 8/11/2014

A New Jersey woman, Sue Muller, recently credited a CBS Radio public service announcement (PSA) with saving her life after she suffered a brain aneurysm. Sues husband, Jeff, had heard a PSA about the symptoms of a brain aneurysm on his commute to work. Not long after, his wife had a severe headache and neck stiffness. Jeff remembered the PSA and encouraged Sue to go to the hospital. A CT scan soon revealed that she indeed had a ruptured aneurysm.

WDHA-FM Aids Animals in Need

Date Posted: 6/8/2014

Greater Medias WDHA-FM Cedar Knolls, N.J. found homes for 25 animals to benefit local animal shelters during its 4th Annual Rock N Ruff Adoption Day. In addition, the station hosted a pet drive in which they raised a record amount of supplies within three hours. WDHA-FMs Rock N Ruff program was created in 2010 by WDHA-FMs Midday Host and Music Director Terrie Carr. For the past four years, the feature has found homes for hundreds of homeless animals in New Jersey.

WXTV-TV and American Cancer Society Encourage Women to Love Themselves

Date Posted: 3/17/2014

Univisions WXTV-TV Teaneck, N.J., and the American Cancer Society united on Valentines Day for the seventh year in a row to encourage women to show some love to the most important person in their life themselves. Under the campaign "Amate a Ti Misma" (Love Yourself), hundreds of uninsured women over the age of 40 were welcomed to a free breast cancer screening and mammogram at New Yorks Presbyterian Medical Center and New Jerseys Saint Michaels Medical Center. News anchors encouraged and supported the women during the special day of self-love and breast cancer prevention awareness.

WAWZ-FMWAWZ-FM Delivers 7,500 Pairs of Socks to Locals in Need

Date Posted: 1/10/2014

Pillar of Fires WAWZ-FM Somerset, N.J., partnered with Passione Legwear to distribute new socks to thousands of local people in need during the holiday season. WAWZ-FM staff, along with the Passione Legwear staff and volunteers from 15 local charities in the New Jersey and New York listening area packed 7,500 pairs of socks for delivery.

New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate Airs on Local CBS TV, Radio

Date Posted: 11/22/2013

CBS-owned WCBS-TV New York broadcast two debates in October between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic challenger New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono. CBS radio and TV affiliates in New York and Philadelphia, the Asbury Park Press, The Record and William Paterson University sponsored the debates. "People are interested in seeing both candidates on the same stage together for the first time," David Turner, Buonos campaign spokesman, told the Asbury Park Press.

Local Stations Air Debate for New Jerseys U.S. Senate Seat

Date Posted: 11/22/2013

NBC-owned WCAU-TV and Telemundo-owned WWSI-TV Philadelphia aired a debate between Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan, U.S. Senate candidates in New Jersey. Held October 9th at Rowan University, WCAU-TV anchor Jim Rosenfield moderated a panel that included NBCs WNBC-TV New York anchor David Ushery and the Philadelphia Inquirers Jonathan Tamari. Viewers were invited to submit questions for the debate via WCAU-TVs live stream.

WAWZ-FMPillar of Fire Station Distributes Gift Cards to Sandy Victims

Pillar of Fire-owned WAWZ-FM Zarephath, N.J.s Station Manager Scott Taylor delivered gift cards to Staten Island churches to assist in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts during the holiday season. For the past two months, the station has been collecting gift cards and distributing them to their network of churches located in the areas hardest hit by the storm.

New York Times: After Hurricane Sandy, People Flock to Radio for Information

People living in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy tuned in to radio. Arbitron reported that from 7 p.m. to midnight on October 29, when Sandy first hit New Jersey, an average of more than one million people in the New York metro area were listening to the radio during any 15 minute period, a 70 percent increase over the same period in the week prior. The area in the Arbitron report consists of New York City, five counties in New York, nine counties in New Jersey and part of one county in Connecticut. Coastal area listenership exploded, with an increase of 367 percent in Stamford and Norwalk, Conn., 247 percent in Monmouth County and 195 percent in New Jerseys Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties. The extensive storm coverage on a variety of formats highlights broadcast radios service to local communities. Sean Ross, a radio analyst in New Jersey, noted that "radio still has an authority that not every tweet has."

Greater Media-Owned East Coast Stations Support Locals in Need

Greater Medias WDHA-FM and WMTR-AM Cedar Knolls, N.J., held donation drives with the American Red Cross for food and clothing and the Animal Response Commission to collect pet donations. Both stations created volunteer and donation webpages, providing information about ways to donate to relief efforts. Greater Medias WJRZ-FM Manahawkin, New Jersey staff spent several days after the storm collecting donations for the Ocean County Hunger Relief and the Jersey Shore Animal Center. The Ocean County Hunger Relief coordinated with all the local shelters to deliver donated food.

NBCs Benefit Concert Draws $23 Million in Pledges

NBCs benefit concert for Sandy victims raised nearly $23 million in donations to the American Red Cross. The hour-long event included performances by artists native to the areas hit hardest by Sandy, including Bruce Springsteen of New Jersey and Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel of Long Island. Sting, Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey and Jon Stewart also participated in the benefit concert.

WAWZ-FMNew Jerseys WAWZ-FM Supports Local Families and Churches

Pillar of Fire-owned WAWZ-FM Zarephath, New Jerseys employees joined local churches in their ongoing relief efforts on Staten Island. Led by Business Manager Nancy Walter, the team was on-site on November 19 to serve food, sort and distribute clothing donations and offer encouragement to residents of hard-hit Midland Beach. Walter said, "We were shocked by the level of widespread devastation in the area and ongoing need...we were privileged to serve." WAWZ-FM has been receiving gift cards which it will distribute to its network of churches in hard-hit communities between Thanksgiving and Christmas to help families replace what they lost.

New Jersey Station Aids Governors Hurricane Relief Fund

src="http://www.nab.org/documents/newsRoom/photos/LTSSandyRelief/christie.jpg" width="120" height="72" border="0" align="right" /> Townsquare Medias WKXW-FM Trenton, N.J., is collaborating with Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat on the couples Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief fund. The station is promoting the fund on-air and working with Christie and his wife to collect donations for the charity, which will help rebuild hard hit areas and aims to keep the money raised within the state.

CBS to Donate $1 Million, Run PSAs, Match Employee Donations

CBS donated $1 million to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The network also created a series of hurricane relief PSAs, which have begun running on-air. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves also announced the network will match employee contributions to the recovery efforts through the end of the year.

News Corp to Donate $1 Million to Recovery

News Corporation announced it will donate $1 million to help victims of Hurricane Sandy $500,000 to the Mayors Fund for NYC and $500,000 for relief in New Jersey. The storm affected millions of people and, with the companys global headquarters in New York City, had a direct impact on the communities within which many News Corporation employees live and work.

NBC Universal Holds Benefit Telethon

NBCUniversal held the "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" telethon on Friday, Nov. 2, on nine of its networks, including NBC. Today anchor Matt Lauer hosted the one-hour show which featured performances by Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera and others. In total, the "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" telethon raised more than $23 million in donations from viewers.

Governor Christie Addresses WKXW-FM Listeners During Storm

Governor Chris Christie visited Townsquare Medias WKXW-FM Trenton after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey. During WKXW-FMs regular "Ask the Governor" segment, Christie told listeners that the state was taking a beating. The governor explained on Monday, "So far at least, a good portion of the state has been spared some of the worst of what we thought. But the Jersey Shore has really taken a beating, and is going to continue taking a beating tonight and into the evening."

Townsquare Medias New Jersey Stations Want to Restore the Shore

Townsquare Medias South Jersey stations provided in-depth, live storm coverage and post storm updates. WENJ-FM anchors Mike Gill and Todd Ranck braved the storm to produce a live video from the New Jersey Shore, despite evacuations. Sister station WSJO-FM broadcast hurricane coverage and provided a live, interactive blog and Twitter feeds to connect with listeners during the storm. After Sandy passed, WENJ-FM continued to provide updates on possible water shortages, while WSJO-FMs "Restore the Shore" effort helped to promote the relief efforts underway throughout the region.

NJBA President Says Broadcasters Were Superb During Sandy

The Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) held the Celebrity Golf Tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ to support broadcasters in need. More than 150 broadcasters and celebrities participated in the event, which raised more than $200,000. This year, the BFOA expects to distribute $700,000 in assistance. The Celebrity Golf Tournament is one of the Foundations biggest annual fundraisers.

Broadcasters Foundation of AmericaBFOA Raises $200,000 with Golf Tournament

The Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) held the Celebrity Golf Tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ to support broadcasters in need. More than 150 broadcasters and celebrities participated in the event, which raised more than $200,000. This year, the BFOA expects to distribute $700,000 in assistance. The Celebrity Golf Tournament is one of the Foundations biggest annual fundraisers.

Radio Stations Host 2nd Annual College Radio Day

Over 550 college and high school radio stations in 28 countries participated in the second annual College Radio Day (CRD). Founding Professor Rob Quicke of WPSC-FM at William Paterson University told Radio Ink, that the "college/high school radio is an important and vital medium." The ultimate goal of CRD is to inspire people to tune into their local college and high school radio stations and hear the unique broadcasts offered around the world.

Nick Cannon Gives Family New Car

After a two week search based hundreds of listener nominations, a family in New Jersey received a holiday dream come true thanks to morning show host Nick Cannons Breaking and Entering Christmas. Cannon and his staff secretly entered the home of the unsuspecting family and placed tons of wrapped toys, electronics, and clothes under the tree. 92.3 NOW listeners made generous donations online to help out. The winning family received a catered dinner and a completely made-over living room with brand new furniture. As an added surprise, the family also came home to a brand new 2012 Toyota Camry in their driveway.

"Everyone deserves to have a happy holiday and Toyota of Hackensack was honored to be able to give a new Camry to the chosen family, said owner Frank Holtham.

Both parents are going through chemotherapy while raising two young children. Due to their extensive medical bills, they are in need of financial help and couldnt provide a proper Christmas for their children. They dont know who was behind this holiday surprise, but the family was overjoyed to come home to a Christmas miracle.

WHTG-FM Airs Pet Adoption Segments

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Every dog that has been featured on WHTG-FM in Neptune, N.J., has gone home a happy pup. "GRock and Ruff" adoption segments, short profiles of pets living at the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), have a 100 percent adoption rate. The great success of the program has made room at the no-kill shelter to take dogs and cats from other shelters without no-kill policies. For each segment, the animal makes a visit to the studio, where WHTJs Terri Carr interviews Diane Peterzilla from the SPCA to allow listeners a glimpse into the life of Queenie, Muffin, Ginger and other four-legged friends. Each featured pets segment airs more than 35 times. During the last 15 months, a different animal has gotten a chance for adoption every week. At the conclusion of each "GRock and Ruff" segment, viewers are directed to the station Web site, which houses a dedicated area with video of each pet playing with WHTJ staff.

WWOR-TV Covers "March for Babies"

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When hundreds came together to "March for Babies" in Brookdale Park, WWOR-TV of Secaucus, N.J., was there with its cameras interviewing participants and giving updates on the events success. For the month before the March of Dimes walk, the station aired public service announcements featuring Chief Weather Anchor Audrey Puente, who emceed the annual event. A microsite within the stations Web site housed photos and video clips from previous events and a link to the March of Dimes site. Brochures and posters at the station built enthusiasm among staff, and a WWOR team took to the course. As the exclusive media sponsor for the March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter, WWOR has a goal of increasing awareness, raising funds and building community support for the organization. In addition to support for the walk, medical issues related to the March of Dimes awareness campaigns, such as premature birth, are covered in news stories and "Real Talk," WWORs public affairs program. To date, $265,000 has been raised for the March of Dimes in Essex County. "We had a wonderful response to having WWOR present and having Audrey Puente participate in the event," said Shannon Rodia Hurley, communications manager for March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter. "Having them helped us generate community support. The community looks to WWOR."

WAWZ-FM Hosts Concert for Hope

Following the shooting deaths of three local college students, WAWZ-FM in Zarephath, N.J., brought thousands of people together for a concert to begin the healing process and benefit the Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark. Through numerous live and recorded promotions, the station invited listeners throughout the region to the "Concert for Hope" and autograph signing with the Casting Crowns, a popular Christian rock group. On-air personalities greeted the crowd of more than 4,000 people, and $5,000 was raised for the mission. "When Casting Crowns music started bouncing back off the buildings in downtown Newark, we knew that change was underway," said Stacy Stone, WAWZs event coordinator and morning show co-host. The stations many outreach efforts to its community during the year also included organizing a benefit concert for families that were affected by flooding in the area. WAWZ was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Radio Award in 2008.

Radio Stations Sponsor Walk to End Cancer

A local walk in honor of Patty McDonald, a child who succumbed to cancer, has doubled the amount of money it raises on an annual basis since WTKU-FM, WJSE-FM and WMGM-TV in Linwood, N.J., came on board as media sponsors two years ago. This year, the 7th annual "Patti McWalk" raised $35,000 for the South Jersey Cancer Fund. Both radio stations played public service announcements for six weeks leading up to the event, and WMGM included screen crawls in their programming. All three stations broadcast live from the walk, and the radio stations provided music on the course. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd) was there with his two dogs and went on camera with WMGM. After the walk concluded, an auction at a nearby caf began. The stations help raise additional funds by donating a basket of auction items, including autographed CDs and memorabilia.

WDHA-FM and WMTR-AM Create "Kids Who Rock" Program

Making sure children who have already done something extraordinary in their short lives get recognized, WDHA-FM and WMTR-AM in Cedar Knolls, N.J., created an annual "Kids Who Rock" program. Each year, parents, teachers and neighbors are invited to nominate children who are making a difference in the lives of others. Every Friday, for a 10-week period, the stories of two "Kids Who Rock" are read on-air by morning show personalities and then posted on the station Web site. Listeners have learned about kids who saved a life, young people who raise funds for our deployed troops, and children who donate time each week to help out others. The stations contacted schools of kids who were being featured, and some principals played the segment over the intercom. The program is supported by promotional announcements and newspapers ads taken out by both stations. At the end of the 10 weeks, all 20 "Kids Who Rock," along with their parents and the people who nominated them, are honored at a dinner awards gala. At the 2007 gala, WDHA and WMTR also raised money for the Special Olympics of New Jersey through a silent auction.

WNNJ-FM Provides Lifeline Storm Coverage

In a community where nearly seven out of every 10 residents commute out of the county for work, the up-to-date weather and road condition information provided by WNNJ-FM in Newton, N.J., is crucial. In late 2007, winter brought nearly a dozen snow days. Emergency generators, along with a team of dedicated engineers who fought off severe icing, kept the station on the air the entire time. When the station lost its heat, staff put on additional sweaters and continued to get information out about the status of the areas many two-lane roads and business and school closures. Local police, fire and emergency officials use the station to get needed information to all residents throughout the winter season.






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