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September 3, 2002 |
The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. received a record $58.3 million in nationwide pledges through Monday, a telethon spokesman said. Originating in Los Angeles, the telethon broke last year's record of $56.8 million, said spokesman Bob Mackle. The 37th annual broadcast was shown on about 200 stations. Lewis praised the "generosity and compassion" of contributors.
August 23, 2002
Radio talk show host Dennis Prager will host the 22nd annual "L'Chaim--To Life" telethon on KCAL-TV Sunday. The seven-hour event raises money for Chabad of California, a not-for-profit Jewish organization that operates nonsectarian social services such as schools, summer camps, drug rehabilitation centers and seniors' programs. Airing from 5 p.m.
April 12, 2002 |
A princess donated her Rolls-Royce, one woman gave up her dowry and other Saudis poured millions of dollars into a fund to help families of Palestinian "martyrs" in a nationwide telethon Thursday. Wheelchair-bound children braved unseasonable rain in Riyadh, the capital, to drop cash into plastic boxes outside the state-run television station, which, along with the radio, was organizing the drive.
January 29, 2002 |
"America: A Tribute to Heroes" on DVD is a reminder of how much the nation was in shock in the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon. That element alone establishes "Tribute" as one of the great concert documents ever.
September 25, 2001 |
Organizers of last Friday's two-hour telethon to raise money for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack said Monday that the program generated more than $150 million in pledges, with accountants still tallying. The event, carried on dozens of broadcast and cable television channels, may raise millions of dollars more through the release of an album compiled from Friday's performances, which included those by U2, Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Bon Jovi.
September 24, 2001 |
This is a different war, we've heard nightly on television from politicians and talking heads, and Friday's telethon reminded us this is a different era in popular music as well. The rock 'n' roll descendants of blues and folk artists, who would have been excluded from earlier prime-time showcases as voices of rebellion, have become the ones the country turns to as voices of unity. The defining moment during a national World War II radio benefit: Bing Crosby singing Irving Berlin.
September 23, 2001 |
A telethon by the ambassadors of pop culture drew more viewers than President Bush's speech to Congress during which he declared war on terrorism. An estimated 89 million viewers tuned in at some point to Friday night's "America: A Tribute to Heroes." That is 7 million more than tuned in to Bush's address the night before and nearly 5 million more than watched the 2001 Super Bowl.
September 22, 2001 |
What a moment, what a truce. So there is hope for world peace. If the fractious television industry can come together without shedding blood, anyone can. Did it ever unite Friday night on one channel after another, generously and for the best of reasons, defying its own 1st Commandment (Thou shalt be big, splashy, greedy, competitive and cost-effective) while bucking traditions going back half a century. Glitz and glam? Forget it. Egos? On hold. Self-love? See ya later. Smarmy speeches?
September 22, 2001 |
In a singularly American response to crisis, a group of pop culture superstars took over the airwaves Friday night for an unprecedented telethon to raise money for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Even in this information age, the communal moment of charity, grief and celebrity beamed to televisions, radios and computers across the globe was historic in reach.
September 21, 2001 |
Top executives from all four major television networks had just one question for Joel Gallen last weekend: Was it feasible to pull together--in only four business days--a memorable two-hour telecast to raise money for victims of the terrorist attack? Gallen's mind began to race. Could he line up the talent, the stages and the crews on such short notice? It usually took him two months of full-time work to produce the MTV music and movie award shows.