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Radio One, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROIAK and ROIA) will celebrate 30 years of service to the community with 30 days of giving back in October 2010. Radio One is the one of the largest broadcasting companies in the country and the largest that primarily targets African-Americans. All 1300 employees, at all 52 radio stations, in all 16 markets will roll up their sleeves to give back to the local communities that have embraced them for the last three decades, as they “Celebrate 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving.”
“Radio One has a rich history of community focus and involvement,” said Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One. “During these tough economic times, things are extremely challenging for many, so we thought this would be a great way to show our gratitude and celebrate our long-stand ing relationship with our listeners and their communities. Radio One will continue to build on its legacy of being in the community, listening to the community and giving listeners a voice to let them know what’s going on in their communities.”
The stations have enthusiastically embraced Celebrating 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving and are compiling a broad range of events and activities that are reflective of the needs within their communities. Each market has been encouraged to develop a community calendar of charitable events, which will occur daily throughout the month of October. Each station is required to devote at least one activity to helping the homeless. Homelessness has been on the rise over the past decade and some estimate the population to be as many as 2.5 million. About 42 percent of the homeless population is African-American and nearly 40 percent of them are children under the age of 18. Other station initiatives will include activities, such as, live broadcasts from local food banks, coat drives, health expos and charity walks, just to name a few. In addition to volunteering, each station will feature charitable organizations, on-air, to highlight their community involvement.
This is not only a call to action for Radio One employees, but also for the listeners within each local community. Community members are invited to “give back” by volunteering at the station events. They will also have the opportunity to showcase their own individual experiences by submitting their stories to BlackPlanet.com, a website owned by Radio One.
Local markets are putting the final touches on their plans for “Celebrating 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving.” Markets will be announcing their activities in the coming weeks. The participating Radio One Stations include:
- Philadelphia (WRNB 107.9; WPPZ 103.9 FM; WPHI 100.3 FM)
- Baltimore (WOLB 1010 AM; WERQ 92.3 FM; WWIN 1400 AM; WWIN-FM 95.9 FM)
- Washington, DC (WOL 1450 AM; WKYS 93.9 FM; WMMJ 102.3 FM; WPRS-FM 104.1 FM WYCB 1340 AM)
- Atlanta (WPZE 102.5 FM; WUMJ 97.5 FM; WHAT 107.9 FM; WAMJ 107.5 FM)
- Richmond (WTPS 1240 AM; WCDX 92.1 FM; WKJM 99.3 FM; WKJS 105.7 FM; WPZZ 104.7 FM)
- Cincinnati (WDBZ 1230 AM; WIZF 101.1 FM; WMOJ 100.3 FM)
- Charlotte (WPZS 100.9 FM; WQNC 92.7 FM)
- Houston (KBXX 97.9 FM; KMJQ 102.1 FM; KROI 92.1 FM)
- Dallas (KBFB 97.9 FM; KSOC 94.5 FM)
- Detroit (WCHB 1200 AM; WDMK 105.9 FM; WHTD 102.7 FM)
- St. Louis (WFUN-FM 95.5 FM; WHHL 104.1 FM)
- Indianapolis (WNOU 100.9 FM; WHHH 96.3 FM; WTLC-FM 106.7 FM; WTLC 1310 AM)
- Raleigh/Durham (WFXC 107.1 FM; WFXK 104.3 FM; WNNL 103.9 FM; WQOK 97.5 FM)
- Columbus (WCKX 107.5 FM; WJYD 106.3 FM; WXMG 98.9 FM)
- Cleveland (WERE 1490 AM; WZAK 93.1 FM; WENZ 107.9 FM; WJMO 1300 AM)