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103.7 WMGM RADIO AND THE COMMUNITY FOODBANK TEAM UP FOR
13th ANNUAL “OPERATION HELP” EVENT
Longport Media radio stations to host 3-day LIVE broadcast and donation-drive benefiting The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, November 21st -23rd
Linwood, NJ (Oct. 30, 2020) – South Jersey’s most recognizable radio voices have once again teamed up with The Community FoodBank of New Jersey to combat one of the biggest issues our region faces: hunger.
South Jersey’s biggest rock station, 103.7 WMGM Rocks, and its sister stations Kool 98.3, News Talk 1400 WOND and AM 1490 Sports Betting Radio are set to kick-off the area’s 13th annual OPERATION HELP campaign on Saturday, November 21st, when much-needed food and monetary donations for the holidays will be collected for local families in need. This year’s event will feature three days of live broadcasts benefiting The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and its 250 partner charities across South Jersey.
The event begins at noon on Saturday, November 21st with 103.7 WMGM host Sean Patrick foregoing sleep and broadcasting live for 24 straight hours. “We receive a bunch of donations during that first 24 hours” explains Patrick. “For some reason people get a kick out of hearing me trying to stay coherent on the air with zero sleep.”
“This is South Jersey’s biggest giving event and every year we’re amazed at the generosity of our listeners and area schools and businesses who all pull together to help out our neighbors in need,” explains Paul Kelly, President/General Manager of Longport Media. “Each year’s event has been bigger than the one before it and there are more food insecure families in 2020 than we’ve ever seen” explains 103.7 WMGM morning show host Matt Murray.
There will be many different personalities broadcasting live from Operation Help throughout the three-day event including News Talk 1400 WOND’s Scott Cronick (Monday 11/23 from 4p-6p), who has brought in an amazing amount of donations from both listeners and area businesses over the years. “What Scott accomplishes year after year is nothing short of inspiring for all of us as we all strive to do our part for those in need”, added Kelly.
Since 2008, Operation Help has raised more than $85,000 in cash donations and more than 60 tons of food, distributed by the FoodBank to families in need throughout South Jersey. “We are deeply grateful to our friends at Longport Media and their listeners for their generosity and support”explains Denise Hladun, Director of External Affairs for the FoodBank. “Operation Help couldn't come at a more critical time when the South Jersey communities we serve now lead the state in food insecurity. Approximately 93,000 people in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland Counties face hunger, including 1 in 4 children”.
For more information on Operation Help 2020, including items most in need for 2020, visit www.1037WMGM.com or go to the Operation Help 2020 event page on Facebook.
WHAT TO BRING: Non-perishable food items, especially canned soups, meals in a can, peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna and other canned meats, as well as cereal, pasta and rice. With the holiday season approaching, there is also a need for frozen turkeys for families in need. And as always, cash donations are most welcomed and needed.
WHERE/HOW TO BRING IT: Operation Help Headquarters is located at Chickie’s & Pete’s in Egg Harbor Twp. The Egg Harbor Township Police Department is also serving as a collection site, and will pick up items from any person (s) or organization located in EHT and deliver them to Operation Help as a complimentary service (Nov.21 - Nov.23). Contact Lt. Gray of the EHTPD for more info (609.926.4107) or contact the EHTPD via Facebook. Updated information is available on the Operation Help Facebook page.
LONGPORT MEDIA, LLC
LONGPORT MEDIA LLC. is a media company formed in May of 2011. The corporation is owned and operated by investors from the Atlantic City and greater southern New Jersey area. Longport Media is committed to presenting quality programming that is informative, as well as entertaining and provocative. There is a strong commitment to serve our community as responsible neighbors – in part, by giving a voice to non-profit groups and community organizations. The stations of Longport Media (WMGM-FM, WTKU-FM, WOND-AM, WBSS-AM) inform and entertain just about every demographic in the South Jersey area. These four stations are programmed and broadcast live from Green Broadcast Plaza in Linwood, NJ. Longport Media also has a nationally recognized full-service in-house digital marketing division.