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WDVE Rocked for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Thanks to the generous support of the Pittsburgh community, the second annual WDVE Rocks for Children’s radiothon has raised more than $214,000 in support of the new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

The radiothon was broadcast live from the Eat’n Park Atrium at Children’s Hospital from Thursday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 19.

WDVE on-air talent Jim Krenn and Randy Baumann from the WDVE Morning Show, Michele Michaels and Sean McDowell all broadcast from Children’s Hospital, sharing remarkable stories about patients, their families and the doctors and nurses providing their care. The three-day radiothon also featured live and phone-in appearances from talented Pittsburghers including: Steelers players Santonio Holmes, Brett Kiesel, Mewelde Moore, Aaron Smith and Hines Ward, and Steelers mascot Steely McBeam; Pittsburgh Penguins Chris Kunitz, Jay McKee and Jordan Staal; Scott Blasey of The Clarks; and WTAE-TV’s Sally Wiggin.

“Children’s Hospital is extremely grateful for the enthusiasm with which WDVE and its listeners have embraced this radiothon, which we hope will be an annual tradition for many years to come,” said Christopher A. Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital. “The WDVE listeners have shown tremendous support for Children’s Hospital in the two years we’ve held this radiothon, and this year our donations increased by more than 50 percent. We are proud of our heritage as a hospital that has always been supported by the Pittsburgh community.”

The presenting sponsors of this year’s radiothon were Great Clips and Riverset Credit Union. Additional sponsors were Northwood Realty and Dingbats.

“WDVE would like to thank each and every one of its listeners who donated to help achieve the amazing results for the radiothon this year. Their commitment to the cause resulted in the donations increasing from last year. Radiothon was truly a special event,” said Anthony Alfonsi, Vice President of Marketing and Promotions for WDVE.

In 2008, the inaugural WDVE Rocks for Children’s radiothon raised more than $140,000 and included appearances by Steelers players Troy Polamalu and Mewelde Moore, musicians Bill Deasy and Kelsey Friday, and Sally Wiggin.

To view photos of the event, visit To donate or for more information about the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, please visit

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-877-1656,
Stephanie Stanley, 412-586-9762,

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September 30, 2009
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Last Update
September 30, 2009