Radio One, Inc. Dedicates Airwaves Nationwide to Encourage Listeners To Donate Blood in the Wake of World Trade Center and Pentagon Tragedies
Radio Stations Across the Country Make Commitment to Aiding Victims of Terrorist Attacks by Supporting American Red Cross Blood Drives & Relief Efforts In Washington, DC and New York CityRadio One, Inc. the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company in the United States and the largest primarily targeting African-American and urban listeners, is making a company- wide attempt to aid the blood supply shortage being experienced by the American Red Cross (ARC) in Washington, DC and New York City. Today and throughout the remainder of the week, several radio stations owned and operated by Radio One, Inc. will conduct live remote broadcasts from multiple ARC blood drive locations in various cities across the country. Radio One, Inc. stations in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Atlanta, GA, Philadelphia, PA, Los Angeles, CA, Detroit, MI, Richmond, VA, Cleveland, OH, Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC, Boston, MA, Dallas, TX, St. Louis, MO, Indianapolis, IN, among several others, are participating in the effort.
"Our listeners are looking to Radio One for support and guidance, and we will be there for them and each other. Radio One is committed to providing up to date and non-stop information to our listening family. This crisis is an opportunity for all of us to reach out to each other, to pray for and with each other, to forgive old grievances and to discover the hidden goodness and greatness catastrophe often has the ability to reveal," said Radio One, Inc. Founder/Chairperson, Cathy Hughes.
Nationally syndicated morning radio personalities Russ Parr and Olivia Fox first broke the news of the World Trade Center catastrophe on Radio One, Inc.'s airwaves shortly before 9:00 a.m., on September 11, 2001, after receiving confirmed reports of the initial plane crash at the World Trade Center (WTC). Moments later, Parr, Fox, and their production staff watched a live news broadcast of the second commercial airplane plowing into another WTC tower. The morning team continued to provide listeners with up-to-the-minute developments as they occurred, and subsequently extended their national radio broadcast, which would have normally ended at 10:00 a.m. (EST.), for nearly three additional hours.
"This tragedy has changed the way we will live the rest of our lives as Americans. Olivia Fox and I are deeply saddened by the senseless deaths of all those innocent people in New York and Washington, DC. We will continue to pray for the families of all of the victims, and we will do whatever we can to try to help the Red Cross collect the blood donations and supplies needed to help the survivors," added nationally syndicated radio personality, Russ Parr.
In addition to participating in blood drives and candlelight vigils throughout the country, Radio One, Inc. stations have also included an original inspirational composition entitled, "Psalm 23" by harpist, producer and Radio One VP of Gospel Programming, Jeff Majors featuring vocals by Al Johnson, into its daily programming, in memory of the WTC and Pentagon victims.
Radio One is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2000 pro forma revenue) in the United States and the largest primarily targeting African-American and urban listeners. Pro forma for all announced acquisitions and operating agreements, the Company owns and/or operates 65 radio stations located in 22 of the largest markets in the United States.
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