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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, WAWZ’s event coordinator and morning show co-host. The station’s 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.
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