Binnie Media Maine, 107.5 Frank FM (WFNK) and 99.9 The Wolf (WTHT) Portland, and 106.9 Frank FM (WBQX) and 105.5 The Wolf (WBYA) Rockland, wrapped up their 18th annual Cares for Kids radiothon Saturday with a grand total of $503,298!
The Binnie media airstaff devoted 35 live hours of programming to help raise funds for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. BBCH is Maine’s only full-service children’s hospital, and provides critical care for children and families in all of Maine’s sixteen counties.
Funding from events like the Radiothon and benefit concert have helped BBCH grow in many ways: from acquisition of specialized transport units designed specifically for children and premature (NICU) patients, to a critical expansion of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), to supplies like toys and games for patients through the hospital’s Child Life department, every dollar contributed has a direct benefit to local Maine families.
Binnie Media Vice President of Programming Michael Czarnecki said, “To say I am proud of this team and our listeners is an understatement. I am continually impressed by them. This is such a great example of the power of local radio.”
WTHT Program Director Chris Clare added, “I’ve always believed in the power of local radio and what it can do to bring a community together, and every year the team at The Wolf uses that power to do amazing things this for a world class hospital and great cause. I could not be prouder of them and of the communities that answered the call. This is truly amazing.”
WFNK Program Director Leif Erickson said, “These three amazing on-air days were the culmination of weeks of hard work by our dedicated airstaff who get “local” like no one else in the market.”
This is the second of two major events held in support of BBCH. Last week WTHT (99.9 The Wolf) raised 50,000 in two days with a special benefit concert at Erick’s Church in Windham featuring national recording artist, Joe Nicols.
About BBCH: The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center (BBCH) is large enough to provide all the advanced specialty services and state-of-the-art technology your child may need. Yet we remain small enough to deliver highly compassionate and personalized care. As Maine’s only full-service children’s hospital, we offer everything from well-child visits to specialized medical and surgical treatment of complex pediatric illnesses and injuries. Children and families receive care that’s responsive to their unique needs. Our network of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are committed to including parents and family members as part of the care team.