DAYTON, OH(November 17, 2017) — On The 20th anniversary of K99.1FM’s “Cares for Kids” Radiothon the station raised a stunning $310,713 for Dayton’s Children’s Hospital. The amount was an all time yearly record for the benefit broadcast. This included a sizable donation of almost $50,000 by country music entertainer, Garth Brooks. Brooks called in live to the program on day 1 and matched all funds during a McAfee match hour. He also offered an additional match on behalf of his wife, Trisha Yearwood.
Nancy Wilson of the New Country Mornings show on K99.1FM said, “I am so honored to have served in this capacity for 20 years. This hospital is so close to my heart and seeing the faces of the kids being helped every day makes it a treat.” Frye Guy, co-host of the program said, “when you look at the parking lot in the morning and see the hundreds of cars coming in to get treatment for their kids, you truly see how this hospital takes care of the children of the region. What would we do without it?”
Nick Roberts, VP of marketing for Cox Media Group said, “When you think about it, doing anything for 20 years in a row is a feat. Watching Nancy and Frye work, it’s not easy. It’s 36 hours of broadcasting over a 3 day period. We’ve raised almost $4 million in donations over that time and I can’t be more proud our team. They pour so much emotion into this. When you see the new tower and life-saving equipment we’ve purchased over the past 20 years, it blows your mind.” Roberts is also on the Children’s Hospital Foundation board, which funds programs for the hospital.
All the funds go to purchase essential equipment for the hospital. Past purchases with radiothon money included an emergency ambulance transport unit, which contains state of the art technology to transport a sick child from anywhere in in the region. This year Children’s opened the new tower which revolutionized child heath care in Dayton.