October 7, 1986 |
The fight against apartheid in South Africa will move to the American airwaves next year if plans can be worked out for a telethon aimed at raising $100 million. Dick Griffey, chairman of Los Angeles-based Solar Records, said he hoped the money raised could be used for food, health care, education and home- rebuilding efforts for millions of black South Africans living under government-imposed apartheid, or racial separation. To raise the $6 million necessary to stage the telethon, Griffey and others have formed the nonprofit Coalition for a Free Africa (CFA)
January 15, 1989 |
Bill Benson, executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware County, has a $25,000 problem. Since August, when he learned that KYW-TV, Channel 3, would not be carrying the national organization's telethon that annually generated about $25,000 in local contributions, he has been looking for alternative ways to raise the money. "The Philadelphia UCP officals tried to find another station to carry the telethon, but they all turned them down for various reasons," Benson said.
January 16, 1986 |
A nationally televised telethon to benefit the victims of cerebral palsy begins Saturday at 11 p.m. and airs through Sunday at 7 p.m. on Channel 3. The local end of the telethon will be broadcast live from the Bourse Building, 5th Street between Chestnut and Market, and is hosted by Channel 3 personalities Ray Murray and Nancy Glass (co-hosts of "Evening Magazine"), Richard Bey (host of "People Are Talking") and early morning news anchor Pat Ciarrocchi. Cameras will cut back and forth from Philadelphia to Hollywood, where John Ritter hosts the West Coast end of the telethon with Henry Winkler, and to New York, where Dennis James, Florence Henderson and Scott Baio also appear live.
September 24, 2001 |
IT'S HARD to hear the word "no. " Especially if you're ever-enabled mega-pop star Michael Jackson, who's probably heard it about three times since he hit it big, oh, about 30 years ago. But an event organizer over at the star-studded telethon, "America: A Tribute to Heroes," had the gumption to say nyet to the Oddball Pop Icon when Jackson offered up his services for the multi-network broadcast Friday night, the New York Daily News reported....
September 6, 1989 |
Philadelphians pledged a record $2,045,132 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in response to Jerry Lewis' Labor Day Telethon, topping the previous high of $1,974,596, set last year. Nationally, the 24th annual telethon also attracted record pledges: $42,209,727, slightly more than $1 million over 1988's figure. Corporate sponsors donated an additional $36,228,846 during the 21 1/2-hour event that ended at 6:30 p.m. Monday. In Philadelphia, however, the telethon only lasted 19 hours.
September 21, 2001 |
Almost anywhere you click, there it will be. In an event unprecedented in television, tonight's two-hour telethon for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will blanket not only broadcast airwaves but cable outlets from BET to VH1. America: A Tribute to Heroes, boasting A-list actors Julia Roberts, Will Smith and Tom Cruise and musical icons Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Willie Nelson, will be shown live from studios in Los Angeles...
April 26, 1998 |
Just for the Kids Education Foundation, which awards grants for innovative projects, came up with one of its own - a live telethon to benefit students in the Bensalem School District. More than $4,000 was pledged last Sunday, and the foundation hopes to add to that total with a mail-in campaign. Bensalem teachers, administrators and parents staffed phones during the five-hour telethon shown on Suburban Cable. The telethon featured special guests and taped segments showing off the athletic, musical and theatrical talents of the students.
November 3, 2012 |
Bruce Springsteen , Jon Bon Jovi , Billy Joel , Sting , Christina Aguilera, and now Mary J. Blige will be among the acts performing on Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together , a one-hour telethon hosted by the Today show's Matt Lauer to be broadcast at 8 p.m. Friday. The event (on Comcast-owned NBC channels) will also feature NBC's Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon (and The Roots ?), and will be shown on Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, SyFy, USA, and NBC.com.
January 24, 1992 |
The Variety Club needs your help. The receipts from this year's telethon, which will be broadcast live from the Civic Center Feb. 1, will determine whether the organization will be forced to drop many of the services it provides for disabled children in the Philadelphia area. Monty Hall returns as onstage host, with national and local celebrities on hand throughout the day to sign autographs, pose for photos and greet visitors. The guest list includes singer Suzette Charles and television talk- show host Clint Holmes, along with soap opera stars and local sports and television personalities.
November 4, 2012 |
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band closed out the show with "Land of Hope and Dreams" on Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, the telethon broadcast live from New York on Friday night. The TV fund-raiser, produced by NBC and shown on a variety of outlets, including HBO, also featured Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Sting, Mary J. Blige, and a host of celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg and Jon Stewart. The telethon was hosted by Today 's Matt Lauer. It came together after Lauer took a tour Tuesday of a neighborhood in Rockaway Beach, Queens, that had seen 50 first-responder residents die in the Sept.