ALBANY — The twenty-two stations of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio will be opening up the phones and website Monday, March 21 only to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This special one-day fund drive is possible with a special waiver from the Federal Communications Commission, allowing the stations to raise money in partnership with the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York.
From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., WAMC’s President Alan Chartock, The Roundtable’s Joe Donahue and Vox Pop’s Ray Graf will encourage listeners to call in with their contributions. Special guests will join them during the day.
During the fund drive, no matter where they are, listeners can make a toll-free call to 800-323-9262 to support the cause. The station will also be taking secure online contributions at www.wamc.org.
“We cannot stand by and do nothing,” Dr. Chartock said in a release from the station. “We’ve heard from so many listeners who want to contribute but aren’t sure of the best way to do it. We can make it easy for them to help.” The station also raised relief funds following Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.
The Japanese Red Cross has issued a statement that all funds contributed to the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York and earmarked for Japan will be turned over to the Japanese Red Cross.
Gary Striar, regional chief executive officer for the American Red Cross, expressed his organization’s gratitude for the station’s efforts.
Member-supported WAMC Northeast Public Radio broadcasts news, informational and cultural programming to listeners in portions of seven northeastern states. The signal can be found at: WAMC-FM 90.3 FM, Albany; WAMC, 1400 AM, Albany; WAMK 90.9 FM, Kingston; WOSR, 91.7 FM, Middletown; WCEL, 91.9 FM, Plattsburgh; WCAN, 93.3 FM, Canajoharie; WANC, 103.9 FM, Ticonderoga; WRUN, 90.3 FM, Remsen-Utica; WAMQ 105.1 FM, Great Barrington, MA; WWES 88.9 FM, Mt. Kisco; 90.1 WANZ Stamford, NY,93.1 FM, Troy; 99.3 FM, Oneonta; 97.1 FM, Hudson; 107.1 FM, Warwick; 107.7 FM, Newburgh; 103.9 FM, Beacon; 96.5 FM, Ellenville; 106.9, Middletown; 102.1, Highland, NY and 90.9 FM, Milford, PA.; 97.3 FM, Cooperstown and online at www.wamc.org.