Purtan has hosted the Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon for 20 consecutive years, raising more than $16.4 million dollars for The Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club Program. The Bed and Bread program brings food, shelter and services to countless people within the community. The program shelters 2,100 every night and serves over 12,300 meals each day to men, women and children in need.
“Dick’s commitment to helping others in need embodies the spirit of the Evangeline Booth Award,” said Major Norman Marshall, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “He serves as a role model for all of us to do the most good. The Salvation Army could not make the impact it does without his generous support.”
Purtan has been inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The Morning Show with Purtan’s People is also included in the archives at the New York Museum of Radio and Television Broadcasting. In their first-ever “Best of Detroit,” HOUR Detroit Magazine selected Dick Purtan & Purtan’s People as the city’s best radio morning show. In 2006, HOUR Detroit named him the “Best Local Radio DJ.” The readers of the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press have also voted Purtan the Best Radio Personality.
Others who were honored by TSA with Evangeline Booth awards included, “A Purpose Driven Life” author Pastor Rick Warren, Actress Dixie Carter, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott and former Pepsico CEO Steven Reinemund.