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Radio stations visit St. Jude to kick off new season of Radio Cares

More than 70 radio stations across the country attended radiothon training seminar

Radio Cares 2011 Seminar

Award-winning gospel music artist James Fortune (center) visited with St. Jude patients Jacquail and Stephanie during the 2011 Radio Cares Seminar


MEMPHIS, Tennessee (October 17, 2011) – About 180 radio station general managers, promotions staff, national sales managers, program directors, and on-air staff, including award-winning gospel music artist James Fortune came together this weekend to help kick off the Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids® radiothon season for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases. 

Representing more than 70 radio stations, seminar attendees toured the hospital to learn about the latest medical advancements. On Saturday, station personnel heard from some of the St. Jude patients and also attended break-out sessions where they shared and received tips on producing a successful radiothon.

A highlight of the weekend for attendees was the meet the patients session where they had the chance to hear some of the patients and their families share their stories and learn why this is such a critical program for the mission of the hospital. The weekend concluded with a special closing dinner and performance by award-winning gospel music artist James Fortune, who also serves on the Radio Cares advisory council, and two St. Jude teen patients Jacquail and Stephanie.

Listeners can get involved with their local radio station and find out when a live radiothon is in their area by visiting or for just $20 a month, listeners can become a Partner in Hope® by calling the toll free number, 1-800-4STJUDE (1-800-478-5833), or visiting

Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids has raised more than $12 million for St. Jude since the program began in 2002. Radio Cares encompasses a variety of formats, such as AC, Oldies, Lite Rock, Urban, Classic Rock, Gospel and more. Over the years, the Radio Cares program has welcomed celebrity supporters such Hezekiah Walker, James Fortune, Yolanda Adams, Mark Slaughter, Gunnar Nelson, and radio personality Corey “CoCo Brother” Condrey. For information about St. Jude or Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids, visit


About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to and follow St. Jude on and