St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and iHeartMedia Reach Record Breaking Fundraising Numbers
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recently partnered with iHeartMedia and there mobilized 26 radio stations across the nation, together, raising more than $5.6 million during the annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids national radiothon, December 7 – 8.
The fundraising event inspired radio listeners to help support and pledge $20 per month to become “Partners In Hope” with St. Jude. In addition, the event was supported across iHeartMedia markets in coexistence with The Bobby Bones Show – iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated award-winning country morning show.
Furthermore, more than 80 country artists supported the St. Jude ‘This Shirt Saves Lives’ campaign in addition to the radiothon. The social media push and on-air promotion through Country Cares radio partner stations alone helped attract thousands of new Partners In Hope and sustaining donors in support of the life-saving research and treatment being done at St. Jude.
St. Jude and iHeartMedia have enjoyed a loyal and long lasting partnership for more than 30 years, easily generating more than $90 million in the past decade to treat St. Jude patients by relying on the power of radio and the humble kindness of local listeners.
Like this year’s successful radiothon, a handful of times in past years iHeartMedia stations have united to aid in supporting St. Jude patients and families who never receive a bill from St. Jude for the cost of treatment, travel, housing or food.
The Bobby Bones Show has assisted in generating more than $1.7 million with the help of a variety of artists including:
Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini and Cole Swindell. Additionally, throughout the year, The Bobby Bones Show supports many St. Jude programs such as the star-studded Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots’ Million Dollar Show in January at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
“The iHeartMedia radiothon program capitalizes on the power of storytelling and iHeartMedia’s unique role as a community medium to inspire and motivate listeners to action,” said Rod Phillips, iHeartMedia SVP of Programming.
“We have a rich history of supporting St. Jude – which treats so many children living in the communities in which we serve – and we look forward to many more successful fundraising events in 2018.”
“We greatly appreciate our partnership with iHeartMedia, and are truly inspired by the dedication of its on-air personalities and listeners for passionately supporting the critical cause of finding cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“It’s remarkable to see how deeply the entire country music industry has embraced the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This record-breaking year is an amazing achievement for the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program.”
Some of the participating iHeartMedia radio stations include:
WMZQ Washington, DC; WAMZ Louisville; WGAR Cleveland; WKKT Charlotte; WBWL Boston; KTOM Salinas, CA; WSIX Nashville; KASE Austin; KWNR Las Vegas; WMIL Milwaukee; WNCB Raleigh; KTST Oklahoma City; WQIK Jacksonville; KODA Houston, among others. KEEY in Minneapolis, and San Antonio’s KAJA air this week.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a pioneer and innovator. They are leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
On top of the that, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have aided in pushing the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago.
St. Jude is now working to help drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent. In addition, St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 122 million social followers, iHeartMedia has one of the biggest national reaches of any radio or television outlet in America.
As the leader in multiplatform connections, iHeartMedia also serves over 150 local markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets, wearables and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.
Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.