- Date/time: September 8th, 12:00am to September 10th, 12:00am
HOUSTON RADIO SUPPORTS THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY
Houston Radio Broadcasters Band Together to Raise Funds for the Houston Food Bank
Houston, T.X. – September 5th, 2017 – 25 Houston radio stations will simultaneously air a fundraiser to support the Houston Food Bank in order to feed those affected by Hurricane Harvey beginning Friday, September 8th and running through Sunday, September 10th. Houston Radio will run live and recorded promotional announcements asking for monetary donations to aid in Harvey relief efforts.
“Radio’s strength is rooted in its connection to the community, and Houstonians rely on Radio to inform, protect and nourish their spirits. Now, Houston Radio stations come together to literally nourish those harmed by Hurricane Harvey. So starts Houston’s recovery, with the power of its people – and Radio – behind it” said Oscar Rodriguez, President of the Texas Association of Broadcasters.
“Our amazing city has been devastated, but we have an abundance of pride and generosity…we’re resilient…and we WILL bounce back” said Eddie Martiny, President, Houston Region, iHeartMedia Markets Group.
The Houston Food Bank has a history of providing disaster relief, but has never seen devastation on this scale. The Food Bank will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to come to residents in southeast Texas who will struggle to rebuild their lives. They will work closely with a network of partner agencies to ensure food is getting to those who need it most.
Mark Krieschen, Vice President of Cox Houston said, “The Cox Media Group team is proud to be working with our fellow Houston Radio broadcasters and the Houston Food Bank to help people affected by Harvey. Together, our efforts will provide food and supplies to our neighbors throughout our listening area.”
“Food is a basic need that will be in short supply for many for a long time” said Sarah Frazier, SVP/Market Manager for CBS Radio in Houston, “We all serve the same community and we need to be as impactful as possible, so it makes sense to start our joint efforts there.”
The best thing one can do to help the Houston Food Bank right now is to make a donation of money designated for disaster relief. The Houston Food Bank’s greatest need is for funds that will help provide relief and continue recovery efforts. Donations will be used for disaster relief until this year’s needs are met, and the remaining funds will support ongoing hunger-relief efforts.
“Maybe the opportunity here is to show the rest of the country and the world that if we can come together during terrible tragedies, we can come together period…Houston Strong,” said Terri Thomas, Operations Manager/Program Director of Radio One Houston. Alex Cadelago, VP and Market Manager of Cumulus added, “Our first duty as broadcasters is to serve the community…we’re all wearing the same jersey for this cause.”
About Houston Radio:
Houston Radio stations reach 92% of all adults in Houston every week. Combined, they donate over $15 million dollars in cash and airtime annually through fundraisers and promoting non-profit events. During Hurricane Harvey they connected the citizens of Houston to each other and to the information they needed most. They are now focused on helping the citizens of Houston rebuild. They are #HoustonRadio and they are #HoustonStrong