Fundraiser sets single day record for Bed & Bread Program
Dick Purtan of the Motor City's 104.3 WOMC and The Salvation Army in metro Detroit joined together for the 20th straight year setting another one-day, fundraising record as WOMC listeners and sponsors helped raise $2,398,783 in 16 hours to feed, shelter, council and rehabilitate Detroit’s homeless and hungry. Last year’s total was $1,808,440. Every penny raised for this program is used in the metro Detroit area and no administration costs are deducted from it.
The Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon was broadcast live on Friday, February 23, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Oakland Mall in Troy.
An average of 7,000 meals are served each day to those in need via the four Bed & Bread trucks which make stops in metro Detroit’s most depressed areas. In addition, 1,700 men, women and children are sheltered and fed every day and night of the year.
This all-day event included Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People interviewing celebrities, sports figures, comedians, political and business leaders, as well as metro area children who organized creative ways to collect money on their own or through programs in their schools. The Salvation Army coordinates with schools through the Salvation Army Junior Bed & Bread Club.
“I never thought we’d get even close to $2 million but to go considerably above it is remarkable,” says Purtan. “It’s a great testament to our listeners and to the community of Southeastern Michigan. To think that even during these tough times people still found ways to contribute is just overwhelming. We are all so very grateful for their generosity.”
In honor of his significant dedication and personal contributions over the last 20 years, The Salvation Army presented Dick Purtan with an award at the end of the Radiothon commemorating all his hard work for helping make the Bed & Bread Program what it is today.
Since 1988, the Dick Purtan Radiothon has raised close to $17 million for the Bed and Bread Program, including this year’s record total of $2,398,783.
Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program Celebrates Black History Month With Two Special Features
In honor of Black History month WDET’s Destination Jazz: Ed Love Show will air the Billy Strayhorn Broadcast Special - "Lush Life" on Tuesday, February, 27 at 9 p.m. and Ed Love's interview with jazz great Joe Williams on Wednesday, February 28 at 9 p.m.
Tuesday night's special will reveal the story of how Billy Strayhorn became one of America’s most original jazz composers yet, never acquired much fame. The show is part biography and part showcase for how today’s jazz stars approach the works of one of the twentieth century’s most enduring and important composers. The special will include comments from Bill Charlap, Dianne Reeves, Russell Malone, Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, biographer David Hajdu and many others. This one-hour special was produced by WBGO in New York and narrated by Rhonda Hamilton.
Wednesday night's special features an archived interview of WDET's own Ed Love talking with legendary jazz vocalist Joe Williams about his music and career in jazz.
Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been selected for nine 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
Michigan Radio’s awards were received in the following categories: 'Hard News & Current Events Story', 'Mini Documentary and Series', 'Feature/Use of Medium', 'Newscast', and 'Marketing Materials and Membership Appeals'.
“We are honored to receive these awards from the MAB,” Station Manager Jon Hoban said. “They’re the result of plenty of hard work, and show the dedication of the Michigan Radio news staff to high-quality public radio journalism.”
The MAB will present the awards, as well as announce the winners of the Station of the Year awards, as part of its award ceremony on March 14. A total 841 entries were received from 28 television and 55 radio stations. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2006.