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103.7 WMGM RADIO AND THE COMMUNITY FOODBANK TEAM UP FOR
11th ANNUAL “OPERATION HELP” EVENT
Longport Media radio stations to host 100-hour LIVE broadcast and donation-drive benefiting The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, November 17th-21st
Linwood, NJ (Oct. 25, 2018) – 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 and News Talk 1400 WOND, are set to kick-off the area’s 11th annual OPERATION HELP campaign on Saturday, November 17th, when much-needed food and monetary donations for the holidays will be collected for local families in need. This year’s event will span five days with roughly 100 hours of live broadcasts benefiting The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and its 250 partner charities across South Jersey.
WMGM’s popular morning show host Matt Murray will “camp out for a cause” outside Chickie’s & Pete’s (Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp) throughout the five-day event accepting donations 24 hours a day. The event begins at noon on Saturday, November 17th with WMGM host Sean Patrick broadcasting live for 24 straight hours.
“For more than a decade we’ve been 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, Vice President of Broadcast Operations at Longport Media. “There are so many families that don’t know where their next meal is coming from and the need seems to grow every year” explains 103.7 WMGM morning show host Matt Murray. “We’ve had generous donations from area businesses that collect from their employees, schools and civic groups who run their own Operation Help drives and of course donations from individuals who drop off extra food they had in their pantry” adds Sean Patrick. “It all adds up, and we’re thankful for each and every donation”.
There will be many different personalities broadcasting live from Operation Help throughout the five-day event including News Talk 1400 WOND’s Scott Cronick (Tuesday 11/20 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.
Over the last nine decade, Operation Help has raised more than $60,000 in cash donations, as well as more than 40 tons of food, distributed by the food bank to families in need throughout South Jersey.
For more information on Operation Help 2018, including items most in need for 2018, visit www.1037WMGM.com or go to the Operation Help 2018 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.17 starting at noon -Nov.21). 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 communications 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. Longport Media took control of radio stations WOND, WMGM, WTKU, WWAC and WBSS on May 13, 2011. Collectively, our stations inform and entertain just about every demographic in the South Jersey area. These five stations are programmed and broadcast live from Green Broadcast Plaza in Linwood, NJ.
The Community FoodBank of NJ, Southern Branch
The CFBNJ’s Southern Branch is located at 6735 Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, and provides food to more than 250 partner charities throughout Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties. These programs include emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs. Last year, statewide the FoodBank distributed more than 44 million pounds of food and grocery items, including almost 9 million pounds that were distributed locally by the Southern Branch.