THE HONORABLE PATRICK J. QUINN, THE HONORABLE LISA MADIGAN AND THE HONORABLE RAHM EMANUEL JOIN CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT CHICAGO AT ITS THIRD ANNUAL “CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNITIES BREAKFAST” MEDIA COMPANY SUPPORTS LOCAL COMMUNITY WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF 21 NEW PARTNERS
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Chicago, one of the largest Chicago radio broadcasters with more than 5 million weekly radio listeners, hosted its annual community breakfast on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in downtown Chicago. The event brought together over 250 local leaders, partners, nonprofit organizations and prominent government officials, including The Honorable Patrick J. Quinn, Governor of Illinois; The Honorable Lisa Madigan, Attorney General of Illinois; The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago; Garry McCarthy, Superintendent, Chicago Police Department; The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Founder/President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition; Robyn Wheeler Grange, District Director for the Office of U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush; and Cherita Logan, District Director for the Office of U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis to show their support for Clear Channel Chicago’s continued commitment to the local community.
The event, hosted by on-air radio personalities, Nina Chantele and Tony Sculfield, marked the third annual breakfast organized by Clear Channel Chicago with the intent to explore the impact that Clear Channel Communities, the community engagement division of the company, has made through its 2013 Chicago-based community programs and also set the path for the remainder of 2014.
In 2013, Clear Channel Chicago donated significant on air and digital airtime across its cluster of seven stations [107.5 WGCI-FM, 103.5 KISS FM, V103, Inspiration 1390AM, 95.5 El Patrón, 97.5 ESPN Deportes and 93.9 MYfm] to local organizations, including After School Matters; John G. Shedd Aquarium; Salvation Army; Access Community Health Network; Chicago Urban League; City Year Chicago; North Lawndale Empowerment Network; Greater Food Depository; KLEO Center; AIDS Foundation of Chicago; DuSable Museum; Metropolitan Family Services; UNCF Chicago; A Safe Haven Foundation; 100 Black Men of Chicago; Latino Policy Forum; Turning Pointe Autism Foundation; Better Love Yourself; Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Alliance for Lupus Research.
“Community involvement is at the core of what we do every day and at Clear Channel we take our local involvement seriously as individuals and as a collective group,” said Earl Jones, Market President of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Chicago.
Clear Channel has adopted a streamlined application and interview process for nonprofits interested in receiving in-kind media that allows for more collaborative partnerships and equal consideration for Chicago organizations. Additionally, Clear Channel Chicago relies on its Local Advisory Board, a group of 30 Clear Channel executives and leaders in the local community, government and education system who come together to discuss and explore solutions around critical issues facing the Chicago community to help guide their support.
Attendees heard from members of Clear Channel’s Local Advisory Board during the breakfast that have developed various community programs in conjunction with Clear Channel and support a range of issues like education, voter registration, health awareness, volunteerism, women’s issues and leadership.
“We are committed to the work and the importance of supporting Chicago’s non-profit organizations,” said Juana Guzman, Consultant, I Juana Know Inc. “Clear Channel Chicago launched its advisory board with the mission of supporting community organizations whose transformative work changes the lives of their constituents and communities.”
Clear Channel Chicago’s 2014 partners, which were chosen through the streamlined application process and will run from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, include: Special Olympics Illinois; United Way of Metropolitan Chicago; Emerald City Theatre; Easter Seals; Urban Alliance; Back on My Feet Chicago; South Suburban Family Shelter; Little Black Pearl; Volunteers of America ® Illinois; John G. Shedd Aquarium; Latino Policy Forum; After School Matters; Greater Chicago Food Depository; Turning Pointe Autism Foundation; Latinos Progresando; Museum of Science and Industry; Make-A-Wish® Illinois; Proviso-Leyden Council for Community Action (PLCCA); PAWS Chicago; South Side Community Art Center and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana.
Each organization will receive one month of media exposure.