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October 7, 1986 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
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January 15, 1989 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 1986 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2001 | REGINA MEDINA Daily News wire services contributed to this report
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....
NEWS
September 6, 1989 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Staff Writer The Associated Press contributed to this report
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.
NEWS
September 21, 2001 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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...
NEWS
April 26, 1998 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1992 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 4, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
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November 4, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even without Jerry Lewis , the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon posted its best take since 2008, though the program's longtime host was on the minds of many during the 46th annual fund-raiser. American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said after cohosting Sunday's program that he was sorry the famed comedian didn't participate but that the organization needs to move on to ensure that the fund-raiser continues. The telethon raised nearly $61.5 million, an increase of about $2.6 million over last year, MDA officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
IN A MOVE shocking no one, Donald Trump said yesterday he won't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting "The Celebrity Apprentice" over a bid to take over the crazy wing of the Republican Party. Think about that for a moment: A guy who allegedly thought about leading the Free World instead chose to stay on a B-list reality show. It's sort of like Snooki turning down a run at being the governor of New Jersey to continue puking on MTV. Trump made his announcement at a Manhattan hotel as a desperate NBC, which airs his show, rolled out its fall lineup.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2010 | By HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
BARBARA WALTERS is going to take a little time (off) to enjoy the view . . . from convalescence. The TV legend, whose listed age of 80 seems almost as incredible as Betty White's 88 - Walters still has the legs of a showgirl at one of her late father's nightclubs - said she will have surgery to replace a faulty heart valve later this week and will take the summer off from "The View" to recuperate. Walters made the announcement on the air yesterday. She said she's known about her condition for a while, and decided with her doctors that this is the best time to have the surgery.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2010 | By HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
THE ECONOMY is struggling, Haiti is in ruins and health care is in the wood chipper, but Jay Leno will soon return to the "Tonight Show," so we can all laugh again at how screwed we are (if you find Jay funny) and Conan O'Brien can laugh all the way to the bank. Conan and NBC agreed yesterday on a $45 million deal for Conan to not host a TV show. The contentious two-week battle that would allow NBC to remove Conan and move Jay back to the program he hosted for 17 years, comes less than eight months after Conan was given "Tonight" by NBC. As a parting gift, Conan will get more than $33 million.
NEWS
May 15, 2007 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Why we dig American Idol: LaKisha, looking the whole night like she knew what was coming, schooling herself not to cry and to remember the words to "Stayin' Alive," finally gets the ax after the goofy group-hug uprising against Ryan. And you feel that tug, as you realize she's the only one with a real personality; she's funny; she's got that kiss thing with Simon; we're missing her already; she's the real deal, from Flint, a bank teller, the little girl at home; we're glad we got to know her and hear her sing, we hope she makes it anyway.
NEWS
May 8, 2007 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
Has American Idol gotten too glitzy for its own good? Hauling in old-time superstars like Diana Ross and Tony Bennett each week, juggling formats with an all-star telethon and a surprise, but exploitive, elimination reprieve; padding the schedule with extended broadcasts and packing the audience with celebs and overwrought tearful fans, the show isn't the amateur hour we fell in love with. "When I did it, they had two modes: play and stop," said Doylestown's Justin Guarini, the original Idol runner-up in 2002, in a telephone interview.
NEWS
September 11, 2005 | By Jonah Goldberg
During a Sept. 2 NBC telethon for victims of Hurricane Katrina, rapper Kanye West launched an unscripted, self-indulgent diatribe declaring that "George Bush doesn't care about black people. " He also riffed against the Iraq war and generally made the case that America is racist. He should be ashamed. Just last week, Time magazine dubbed West "the smartest man in pop music" and "Hip Hop's Class Act" - which, in retrospect, seems to have kept the bar for that industry not far from its historical low. Assume for the sake of argument that West's rant were accurate.
NEWS
September 10, 2005 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last night's star-fortified telethon, Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, turned out to be an efficient but awkward TV event. Even for a live production, it seemed markedly underrehearsed. But by any measure, Shelter From the Storm took care of business. Shown simultaneously on all six broadcast networks, PBS, and a number of cable outlets, the telethon boasted an elite cadre from song (Paul Simon, U2, Rod Stewart) and screen (Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz)
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