Friday, December 19, 2014

Radio stations take top honors for supporting children’s hospital


(Left to right) Ivy Elam, Market President for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Augusta, and Jodi Carson and Sam North of the syndicated Murphy, Sam and Jodi morning show accept awards from Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on behalf of WBBQ 104.3 and KISS 96.3 FM for their fundraising efforts for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia through the annual Cares for Kids Radiothon.

Augusta, Ga. – Clear Channel radio stations WBBQ 104.3 and KISS 96.3 FM were named co-winners of the Radio Station of the Year award from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals organization during the charity’s 30th Anniversary Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 9-11. Since 2001, the stations have raised more than $2.8 million for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia through the annual Cares for Kids Radiothon, a CMN Hospital fundraiser.

“We are honored to be recognized with the Radio Station of the Year award,” said Ivy Elam, Market President for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Augusta. “This award is a testament of the generosity of Augusta residents.  Our listeners don’t sit on the sidelines; they take action to support the critical mission of the Children’s Hospital of Georgia and many other charitable initiatives.  We are proud to connect our giving audience to the incredibly talented and dedicated individuals providing critical care to local children.”

In addition, Jodi Carson (Koontz) of the syndicated show “Murphy, Sam and Jodi In the Morning,” was named Radio Personality of the Year.  Although they’re based in Baton Rouge, La., the trio travels to Augusta each December to host the Radiothon.

“The Children’s Miracle Network has changed my life through Radiothon,” said Carson. “It has taught me what’s truly important in our work; and, mainly, what’s not.  In my opinion, CMN is THE most important children’s charity in our country.  Because I hold this group in such high regard, I am truly honored to have been recognized by them.  I hope to continue for many years telling these stories of how we can all make things better for children.”

The 13th Annual Cares for Kids Radiothon will broadcast live from the Children’s Hospital of Georgia lobby from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Pledges can be made by calling 706-922-KIDS (5437) or toll-free at 1-866-412-KIDS (5437) or by going online at Last year’s Radiothon generated more than $230,000 for CHOG.

About Children’s Hospital of Georgia
The 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia is the second-largest children’s hospital in the state, providing the highest level of pediatric critical care and neonatal intensive care, as well as a wide range of general and complex health care for children.

About Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
With 243 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment serves 150 markets through 840 owned radio stations. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online and mobile services and products, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. Clear Channel Media & Entertainment is a division of CC Media Holdings, Inc., a leading global media and entertainment company. Learn more at

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at

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