CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 8, 2005 — Southeast Public Radio is joining the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Sept. 9 in an industry-wide effort to raise a minimum of $100 million for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
The “Broadcast Unity for Katrina Relief” initiative will involve thousands of local radio and television stations from coast to coast voluntarily donating airtime for special fund-raising appeals. The NAB has designated Friday, Sept. 9 as “Broadcast Unity Day,” when broadcasters will air special fund-raising messages throughout the day.
“Broadcasters are a lifeline to communities in times of crisis, and Hurricane Katrina has touched America’s soul like no natural disaster in our history,” said NAB President and Chief Executive Officer Edward Fritts. “I’m confident that local radio and television stations will exceed our $100 million target.”
“KRCU will join in this special day of fund raising by airing appeals from National Public Radio (NPR) personalities — some of whom are either native to the Gulf Coast or are residents themselves,” said KRCU General Manager Dan Woods.
The station will also air Public Service Announcements from area organizations such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army detailing current needs and how to help victims of the hurricane.
Help is needed now, and many charitable organizations, such as the American Red Cross or The Salvation Army, are accepting donations. A list of these organizations, the latest updates and more is available at www.krcu.org.
Southeast Public Radio encourages everyone to do their part by making a donation to support the relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
KRCU 90.9 FM is a broadcast service of Southeast Missouri State University and the region’s local Public Radio International affiliate and a National Public Radio member station, providing national and local programs that are both informative and entertaining. For more information about the station, visit www.krcu.org.