History of Radiothon

History of Radiothon

Lou and Mary Buron-Campbell

The Radiothon to End Child Abuse was founded through the partnership of Lou Buron and Mary Campbell of Omni Broadcasting and Prevent Child Abuse Minnesota (PCAMN) when Lou was on the PCAMN Board of Directors. The first Radiothon was held in 1987 as a partnership between PCAMN, Omni Broadcasting, and local community partners in Bemidji. Since then it has grown to into a 24-hour radio event hosted by Hubbard Broadcasting across four radio markets: Bemidji, Alexandria, Brainerd, and Wadena.

The event raises close to $100,000 annually through pledges from callers, with additional funds raised through local auctions and events in conjunction with the Radiothon. Funds benefit local county initiatives as well as statewide programs that strengthen families and keep children safe. Participating counties include: Aitkin, Beltrami, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Morrison, Otter Tail, Todd, and Wadena.

In addition to raising funds, this event has significantly raised awareness and brought communities together to act on behalf of children and families in deep and substantial ways. Learn more about the impact of the event.

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