PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – FOX 29 and WMGK 102.9 partner to pay tribute to the military, through a series of events designed to raise funds, collect materials and boost morale in support of U.S. troops abroad and in Philadelphia.
In making the announcement, FOX 29 Vice President and General Manager Patrick Paolini stated, “FOX 29’s partnership with WMGK strengthens our ongoing commitment to salute the brave men and women who serve or have served in the military.”
Festivities kick off Friday, June 17th with “WMGK’s 5th Annual Veterans’ Radiothon,’ which will be simulcast during FOX 29’s “Good Day.” Each year, this Radiothon raises funds for the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center, which addresses the needs of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, in addition to supporting Vietnam and Persian Gulf War veterans. Those interested in making donations can call 1800-678-WMGK or visit wmgk.com / www.myfoxphilly.com. To date, over $250,000 has been raised for this cause.
The second in the series of summer events is annual rock concert, “Let Freedom Rock Fest,” which usually attracts more than 60,000 people. This concert will take place Monday, July 4th at Susquehanna Bank Center, with feature performances by The Styx and British progressive rock band, Yes. FOX 29 will be on site collecting CD’s and DVD’s throughout the event, which will be sent to USO camps overseas. Last in the series of events will be a block party entitled “Good Day Salutes the Military,” which will take place Friday, September 9th. Festivities will be broadcast during “Good Day” from 7-9 a.m. This open to the public event will recognize the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Market Street between 3rd and 4th Streets will be closed from 7-9 a.m.
“George Washington said the willingness with which our young people are likely to serve, shall be directly proportional to how they feel the Veterans of earlier wars were treated. More needs to be done to assist the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much on behalf of our country," said John DeBella, co-host of WMGK’s “The John De Bella Morning Show.”
FOX 29 Philadelphia is part of The Fox Television Stations group, one of the nation's largest owned-and-operated network broadcast groups, comprising 27 stations in 18 markets and covering 37.21% of television homes in the U.S. This includes six duopolies in the top 10 markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston; as well as duopolies in Minneapolis, Phoenix and Orlando.
102.9 WMGK-FM is owned by Greater Philadelphia Radio, Inc., a subsidiary of Greater Media, Inc., the parent company of 23 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey and several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.