Radio One, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROIAK and ROIA) will celebrate 30 years of service to the community with 30 days of giving back in October 2010. Radio One is the one of the largest broadcasting companies in the country and the largest that primarily targets African-Americans. All 1300 employees, at all 52 radio stations, in all 16 markets will roll up their sleeves to give back to the local communities that have embraced them for the last three decades, as they “Celebrate 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving.”
“Radio One has a rich history of community focus and involvement,” said Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One. “During these tough economic times, things are extremely challenging for many, so we thought this would be a great way to show our gratitude and celebrate our long-stand ing relationship with our listeners and their communities. Radio One will continue to build on its legacy of being in the community, listening to the community and giving listeners a voice to let them know what’s going on in their communities.”
The stations have enthusiastically embraced Celebrating 30 Years with 30 Days of Giving and are compiling a broad range of events and activities that are reflective of the needs within their communities. Each market has been encouraged to develop a community calendar of charitable events, which will occur daily throughout the month of October. Each station is required to devote at least one activity to helping the homeless. Homelessness has been on the rise over the past decade and some estimate the population to be as many as 2.5 million. About 42 percent of the homeless population is African-American and nearly 40 percent of them are children under the age of 18. Other station initiatives will include activities, such as, live broadcasts from local food banks, coat drives, health expos and charity walks, just to name a few. In addition to volunteering, each station will feature charitable organizations, on-air, to highlight their community involvement.
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