Radio One’s network of stations, along with celebrity radio hosts Yolanda Adams and James Fortune, have something special to sing about. On April 3, they partnered with other inspirational music stations to raise more than $1.3 million for kids fighting cancer, sickle cell and other deadly diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® during the seventh annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids® national radio broadcast.
Radio One, a diversified media company with 54 broadcast stations in 16 markets, a syndication business, an online platform and a cable network – all of which primarily target African-American and urban listeners – is the top supporter of the annual radio fundraising event.
By sharing St. Jude patient family stories and highlights of breakthroughs in research and treatment at St. Jude, radio partners continue to share the hospital’s mission and generate awareness and support for the lifesaving work being done there. Since 2008, the event has raised more than $8 million in cash and pledges. Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams kicked off the celebration at 6 a.m. ET on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show, while Grammy Award-nominated music artist James Fortune wrapped up the radiothon at 11 p.m. ET with special coverage on The James Fortune Show.
“The St. Jude mission of finding cures and saving the precious lives of children battling cancer and other deadly diseases is one our audiences and staff can truly stand behind,” said Yolanda Adams. “As a mom, a believer and gospel artist, I am moved and know I am blessed simply by hearing the testimonies of those families who teach us the importance of celebrating life’s special moments – every day – for tomorrow is not promised.”
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