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January 30, 1991
WTTR-Radio morning show host Jeff Adams and afternoon show host Brian Beddow will take part in the United Cerebral Palsy's Starathon '91 Saturday and Sunday on WJZ-TV.The telethon is hosted nationallyby John Ritter and other celebrities and features special appearances from New Kids on the Block and others.Locally, WJZ-TV reporter Richard Sher and Rhea Feiken will hostsegments.The telethon begins at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and runs until 8 p.m. Sunday. The telethon raises money to maintain and expand the services provided by United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland, including UCP-managed residences, respite care, camp and referral services in Carroll County.
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By E.A. Torriero and E.A. Torriero,Chicago Tribune | September 3, 2006
LAS VEGAS -- For 40 years, comedian Jerry Lewis and his muscular dystrophy telethon have been as much a part of Labor Day weekend as the start of school and the symbolic end of summer. Now at 80, and taking 25 pills a day for his failing health, Lewis is approaching his curtain calls dogged by activists who contend that the show is designed to evoke pity rather than empower the disabled. Led by a former muscular dystrophy poster boy from Chicago, the activists scored what they call their "big triumph" last November as protesters in wheelchairs ambushed Lewis in an appearance at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.
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FEATURES
June 5, 1993
For the 10th year, WMAR-Channel 2 this weekend offers almost a full day of air time to the "Children's Miracle Network Telethon," which raises funds for children's hospitals."
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By DENNIS MCLELLAN and DENNIS MCLELLAN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 7, 2006
Lou Rawls, the Grammy Award-winning singer whose velvety baritone was one of the most recognizable voices in pop music on hits such as "Love Is a Hurtin' Thing," "Lady Love" and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," died yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 72. Mr. Rawls died of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said his publicist, Paul Shefrin. Mr. Rawls, who had lived in Scottsdale, Ariz., since 2003, was diagnosed with lung cancer about a year ago. His career as a recording artist included more than 70 albums, three Grammys, 13 Grammy nominations, one platinum album, five gold albums and a gold single.
NEWS
September 8, 1992
BALTIMORE -- Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day weekend telethon for muscular dystrophy brought in $950,165 in donations and pledges in the Baltimore area.The figure fell below last year's total of almost $1.1 million -- a drop that organizers blamed on rainy weather and a tighter ban on roadside solicitation by firefighters in Baltimore County.County firefighters collected about $40,000 this year, according to Ellen Torres, district director for the Maryland branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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By Los Angeles Times | September 5, 1995
HOLLYWOOD -- Wheelchair-bound protesters blocked celebrities' limousines and crashed through barricades at a Hollywood television studio yesterday where entertainer Jerry Lewis was conducting his annual Labor Day telethon to benefit Muscular Dystrophy.But police and guards kept two dozen demonstrators from entering the CBS Television City stage from which the 21 1/2 -hour extravaganza was being beamed to 190 television stations across the country.The show ended without incident as an excited Mr. Lewis displayed a tote board indicating that a record $47.8 million was pledged, up $700,000 over last year.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | June 3, 1995
Harry Kakel recalls taking a photograph in the early 1980s of three young cancer patients at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. At the time he was serving as art director for a WMAR-TV telethon that aided the Children's Center, and the patients were among those being profiled."
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1997
Those nasty aliens on "Dark Skies" bid prime time goodbye (except possibly for reruns), tonight on NBC."Children's Miracle Network Champions Telethon" (9 p.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow, WMAR, Channel 2) -- CMN co-founders Marie Osmond and John Schneider are the hosts for this 15th annual fund-raiser for children's hospitals. Live from Walt Disney World in Florida, scheduled performers include Kenny Loggins and John Tesh, with appearances by athletes Drew Bledsoe, Steve Young, Shannon Miller and Kerri Strug.
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By Michael Hill | June 28, 1991
The news came in a somewhat confusing message in the Maryland Public Television magazine that is sent to the station's members.Toward the end of president Raymond Ho's monthly letter in the magazine, he notes that MPT's attempt to replace the traditional telethon-like membership drives with shorter on-air spots, direct-mail solicitations, and such has worked, "but not nearly as well as traditional pledge telethons."So, Ho goes on to say, "In August we hope to blend the most successful elements of all the campaigns we've done" as MPT seeks new members.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 1, 1998
At 6 p.m. yesterday, as WMAR-TV's 15th annual telethon to raise money for Johns Hopkins Children's Center drew to a close, the goal of $2.3 million -- including funds raised by a local radio station -- had not been reached.So the station gave another half an hour of air time to its Children's Miracle Network Telethon, said Debbie Bangledorf, a spokeswoman for the center.The total -- $2,301,519, including $469,000 that radio station MIX 106.5 FM raised in its ninth radiothon held at the same time.
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By Robert Hilburn and Robert Hilburn,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 13, 2005
You had to feel for Brian Wilson when the MTV cameras abruptly switched from him Saturday as he was asking if it would be all right to do a second number for one of the weekend's hurricane relief telethons. Still, someone at MTV had to say "no" at some point. No offense to Wilson, but the telethon had already stretched from three hours to just over four to accommodate all the artists who wanted to participate - and that made the show feel bloated. Especially on the heels of 4 1/2 hours from two telethons Friday and a one-hour NBC fundraiser the weekend before.
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By Patricia Meisol and Patricia Meisol,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2004
With Mattie Stepanek at your side, you didn't worry about how to entertain millions of people watching the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. After all, he was such a talker and what he said made you forget he was only 13. But since the boy philosopher and best-selling poet died this summer, Erin Kiernan, a junior at Urbana High in Frederick County, has been left to go it alone. And she's nervous, this 15-year-old, about going on the air without her best pal. Every Labor Day for six years, she and Mattie shared the limelight as "goodwill ambassadors" for muscular dystrophy.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 22, 2004
Last weekend was certainly the one to celebrate spring. Leave it to Baltimoreans to do just that. First, there was the Grand National Steeplechase in Butler. Beautiful people mingling on the meadows under beautiful sunny skies. (Goodness gracious, khaki factories must be working overtime.) Some 700 of the best-dressed gathered under a large white tent pitched near the finish line, where the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was holding its annual benefit luncheon and party -- the biggest in the luncheon's 12-year history.
NEWS
May 8, 2003
Christopher Fairfield Edley, 75, former president of the United Negro College Fund, died of a heart attack Monday in New Rochelle, N.Y. In 1973, he succeeded Vernon Jordan as president of the fund. Mr. Edley used the organization's slogan, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," to raise more than $700 million to help students bound for historically black colleges. In 1979, he started the fund's yearly telethon, enlisting singer Lou Rawls as host. The telethon has raised more than $100 million.
NEWS
By Lisa Respers and Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2001
Scott Summe's face draws people's attention, but it's his personality that holds it. Scott, 16, of Columbia, has Crouzon's syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes skull bones to fuse before birth. And while his appearance sometimes causes stares, his jovial manner has landed him many admirers and a spot representing Maryland as one of the Children's Miracle Network's Champions Across America. "He's a great kid," said David Norton, vice principal at Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, where Scott is a sophomore.
NEWS
March 29, 2001
A Columbia teen-ager has been selected to represent Johns Hopkins Children's Center during a national broadcast. Scott Summe, 16, is one of 50 children from around the country selected as part of the Children's Miracle Network's Champions Across American Program. As part of the program, Scott and his family will visit Washington and Orlando, Fla. Born with Crouzon syndrome, an inherited condition that causes skull bones to fuse before birth, Scott has undergone 21 surgeries. He speaks at local elementary schools about his condition and recently completed a cross-country race.
NEWS
By E.A. Torriero and E.A. Torriero,Chicago Tribune | September 3, 2006
LAS VEGAS -- For 40 years, comedian Jerry Lewis and his muscular dystrophy telethon have been as much a part of Labor Day weekend as the start of school and the symbolic end of summer. Now at 80, and taking 25 pills a day for his failing health, Lewis is approaching his curtain calls dogged by activists who contend that the show is designed to evoke pity rather than empower the disabled. Led by a former muscular dystrophy poster boy from Chicago, the activists scored what they call their "big triumph" last November as protesters in wheelchairs ambushed Lewis in an appearance at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago.
FEATURES
December 27, 1991
Lou Rawls is back, and this time he's in two places at once.Actually, the "Low Rawls Parade of Stars" telethon will be broadcasting tomorrow from two sites, including the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, a landmark venue that served as a springboard for many black entertainers.According to a spokesman for the show, which supports the United Negro College Fund, actress Jackee (of "227" fame) and veteran nightclub singer Clint Holmes will co-host at the Apollo.Anchoring from the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | May 31, 2000
Ready to use that useless trove of TV trivia you've amassed over the years for some purpose other than impressing your friends at Trivial Pursuit? Show up at the Columbia Mall Saturday and, if you're good enough, you may end up as host of your own programming block on cable's TV Land. The cable channel that's a repository for all things nostalgic when it comes to television is holding its second "Ultimate Fan Search," to find the man or woman in the United States who has wasted the most time in front of the tube.
SPORTS
By Milton Kent | September 24, 1999
There won't be any cheesy comedians, Vegas lounge acts or direct appeals for your money, but let there be no mistaking that NBC's telecast of this weekend's Ryder Cup matches is something of a golf telethon. When you add in 16 1/2 hours of the network's own coverage tomorrow and Sunday with 10 1/2 hours of telecasts today on USA, produced by NBC, and you get something that looks and sounds like a telethon. But unlike those hours in the middle of the night, when the lesser name celebrities get the bulk of the telethon's air time, all the NBC hands declare that the Cup's format makes for Must See TV. "It's compelling for the viewers and for us," said NBC lead analyst Johnny Miller.
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