May 16, 2011 |
The venue and approach were about as far removed from Mitt Romney’s straight-laced, wealthy persona as could be, but that didn’t stop about 800 volunteers from gathering in a deserted wing of the Las Vegas Convention Center early Monday to participate in the first major telethon of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign. Supporters of the former Massachusetts governor spent the day huddled around phones as they asked friends, family and business associates to make donations.
November 1, 2012 |
The East Coast is still recovering from the destruction of super storm Sandy, so on Friday the collected cable channels and networks of NBCUniversal will be airing a one-hour telethon to raise money for the victims. "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together" will be hosted by "Today's" Matt Lauer and will feature performances by Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting; and have appearances by Jimmy Fallon and NBC News' Brian Williams. The telethon will air on NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!
January 23, 2010 |
Programs like Friday's "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" do not exist to further musical careers, introduce new material or birth fruitful collaborations. Tragedies like last week's seismic disaster necessitate such urgent media efforts, and fundraising is their primary objective. Important information may also be transmitted; perhaps someone's consciousness will be raised. The pleasure, surprise or release that art can offer is merely added value. That said, several of the major names who came on board for Haiti went beyond the expected heartstring tugs.
November 1, 2012 |
The following post has been updated. See note below for details. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, Sting and other celebrities will join forces for a one-hour live telethon “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” airing Friday at 8 p.m. on NBCUniversal stations and streamed at NBC.com. Money raised during the telethon will be donated to American Red Cross relief efforts. In addition to being televised on NBC, the concert will be carried on Bravo, MSNBC, CNBC, E!
June 2, 1989
The annual Children's Miracle Network telethon will go international for the first time when it is broadcast this weekend (for 21 consecutive hours) from Disneyland. In addition to being seen on stations across the United States, it will be carried in the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union. The telethon's organizers believe this is the first time a United States-based telethon has aired in those countries. Locally, Channel 9 will carry the telethon starting Saturday at 6 p.m. (Channel 3 in Santa Barbara also starts the telethon Saturday at 6 p.m.; Channel 8 in San Diego tunes in at 7 p.m.)
July 30, 2008 |
Meryl Streep, Forest Whitaker, cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and other celebrities will take part in a three-network telethon to support cancer research, it was announced Tuesday. The hourlong "Stand Up to Cancer" will air live and commercial-free on ABC, CBS and NBC on Sept. 5 and feature musical performances and appeals from actors, athletes and journalists. Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, America Ferrera, Danica Patrick, Salma Hayek, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Masi Oka and news anchors Charles Gibson, Brian Williams and Katie Couric will be among those taking part.