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Radio-thon......In the Books
by Larry Wilson,posted Sep 14 2012 8:15PM
Another Children's Hospital Radio-thon has come and gone. The two day event was the culmination of months of effort by groups of people whose names you will never hear on the air.
Our Engineering department made sure that all 5 of the Entercom stations sounded great and ensured it happened at two different locations simultaneously. With three stations orignating from Memorial Hospital and the other two from Mac's Speed Shop every one of our technical needs were met. Jordan and Tony executed a flawless yet very complex and aggressive plan. Each was at their respective site from 5am to 5pm for two days. That is in addtion to the weeks of prep work and site visits.
Our Web Mistress, Tracy, created numerous pages for each of the 5 stations,made numerous changes to each station site, all to support the event. Then as the radio-thon took to the air, she stayed at the Hospital taking pictures, updating all 5 station Facebook pages, as well as the station web sites. Again, months of work for two, very fast paced, very long days.
Prior to the event, our Director of Production, Stan, interviewed numerous families so he could help tell their stories. After the interviews, began the process of creating from scratch those stories being set to music. Marrying the words and emotions of the parents and patients, to the lyrics of a wide variety of songs. This required not days, not weeks, but months of labor and creativity to convey a multitude of messages. All that work lasted only 24 hours spread over 5 very diverse stations.
This year we deviated from our standard approach of having all the stations at a central location by peeling off ROCK101 and The Planet so we could originate our programming from one the coolest places in town, Macks Speed Shop. Don't let the name fool you. It is a great restaurant with equally good food and talented staff and management. They made Stoney, The Rise Guys crew and me very comfortable. They fed us and enabled us ask you, to help others. They brought staff in before 5am to prepare an amazing breakfast. All this from an establishment that normally isn't open before 11:30am. I hoped we helped them as much as they helped us.
Crystal in our Digital department took a billion pics and shot video, Traffic with Jim, Judy, and Sara made sure all of the commercials, etc were scheduled and got on the air. You gotta pay the bills, which brings us to Sales. There are far too many folks in that department to try to list. They sold sponsorships, scheduled clients to arrive to be on the air, held hands, stroked egos, and suffered the constant ridicule from.....well most everyone, including me. That's how we show love. LOL
Last but definitely not least is our Promotions Department. Kieria, and Lacy were yet another team that had to coordinate a million details to ensure both locations were staffed, decorated, provided updates for each and every function of the event. Like others they arrived in the five o'clock hour each morning and were the last to leave each evening. Just like the Marines..first to land...last to leave. Both ladies did a remarkable job. Each was responsible for additional members of their department like Tyler, Jonathon and those at the Hospital I never got a chance to see.
So, after all these folks did all their jobs, we got to show up and do ours, Yak every few minutes, try to entertain and God help us all.....follow directions. If you think we had the easiest jobs, with the most glamor, you would be right. Without all those listed above and YOUR financial support to the Children's Hospital, it all would have crashed and burned. On the other hand it was a glorious success and all of them as well as you get all the credit. On behalf of everyone, thank you.