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January 10, 2011


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It may not seem like a big deal to help one child. However, if 200 or 300 or 400 radio stations help one kid a month for a year, that's between 2,400 and 5,000 kids a year. That could change history.

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These types of things have been radio's strength for the longest time. Sure, we all tend to do them at Christmas and Thanksgiving. But what if we picked and attacked a cause as an industry? We have the power to move mountains, and with our ability to engage listeners could eradicate one giant social problem in our communities.

Dori Donoho

As a mother/grandmother and radio personality - I could not agree with you more. I was mortified at the amount of air time given to the Oregon Ducks - Packers - Seahawks in our area - without much mention of the tragedy. Until the games were over, of course. I spent the day trying to find out what happened.

I to believe we need to learn from this tragic situation and I have been in radio for 13 years, my husband for 27 and we work hard supporting the children and community we live in outside of delivering the news and playing the great music. I felt a little alone until I read your email. Thank you for sharing. I am having a difficult time dealing with all of it. My oldest grandchild was born August 26, 2001 a short while before Christina and I think of all the times he has been on stage with me for stage announcements at concerts, at charity and political events from the time he was baby......what if? It strikes a chord. And the first response is to shelter - it's hard to know what to do - how to feel.

Dori Donoho
Promotions/Middays on Clear
Host of Homegrown Music Showcase
PO Box 5039
Bend, Oregon 97708

Eric Rhoads

I have no idea.

Rosemary Scott

I thought this was a beautiful, articulate and moving expose. I lost my daughter (also named Christine) last year and understand what these parents must be going through - it's heart-breaking beyond words. Our response to this national tragedy can either be to cast aspersions at the news media, point fingers at a political party, or blame the parents for the way this person was raised; but that is not really an action – it is a form of trying to come to grips with it. I love the way you showed how we can help in a meaningful way, which is always on an individual level. You can only chip away at a mountain one stone at a time, and greatness is seldom in the stars – it is most often right under our feet – it is found in everything that touches our hands, and it always starts with the very work right in front of us. It IS a big deal to help one child (especially if you’re that child), and also a very big deal to help a lot of people. Thanks for bringing some humanity on behalf of the radio industry, to this horrible event. Keep up the good work and God bless, Eric.

Ted Morro

We rallied post 9/11,..this should be no different. We are still a powerful platform to do some good. Choose a path, and follow it

Bobby Rich

Heard and understood, Eric. Let's get some creative ideas flowing here.

To the poster referring to "imaginary friends"... I don't get it. Please explain how that relates?

Mike Hunt

Really, in times of tragedy like this, we don't need references to imaginary friends, even if that is a socially accepted form of delusion. Many of us in radio prefer rational science over primitive superstition, and think of adults who put their lives in the hands of an imaginary friend as rather pathetic. Please stick to reality.

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