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May 30, 2007

June 7: U-M football takes to the airwaves to benefit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital

Ann Arbor Radio’s four stations take part in 12-hour radio-a-thon featuring U-M coaches, football players, health care experts and patients

ANN ARBOR, MI – From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, the University of Michigan Football Team will take over Ann Arbor Radio’s four stations – Sports Talk 1050 WTKA (1050 AM), W4 Country (102.9 FM), 107one (107.1 FM), and WLBY Ann Arbor’s Progressive Talk Radio (1290 AM) – to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital.

radiothonPlus, from 3 – 7 p.m. the radio-a-thon will be broadcast live across the state on “The Huge Show” hosted by Bill Simonson. “The Huge Show” – which is headquartered in Grand Rapids – will broadcast from the studios of WTKA in Ann Arbor, and heard statewide on the “Huge” radio network: 97.5 FM-Muskegon, 730 AM-Lansing, 1280 AM-Mt Pleasant, 1330 AM-Flint, 1380 AM-Greenville, 1440 AM-Dowagiac, 1660 AM-Kalamazoo.    

This year’s radio-a-thon will again work to build momentum for the annual Carr’s Wash for Kidscommunity event, scheduled later that week from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Michigan Stadium. WTKA, W4 Country and 107one also plan to broadcast live from the Carr’s Wash for Kids event.

As part of the 12-hour radio-a-thon event, Head Coach Lloyd Carr – along with other Michigan coaches, players and former players – will be on the air talking about Michigan Football, answering phones for pledges and raising awareness for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital fund-raising campaign. In 2006, the radio-a-thon helped to raise more than $40,000 for U-M’s children’s and women’s hospitals.

In addition to the Wolverine football program, U-M patients, families, physicians, nurses and other medical experts will be featured during the radio-a-thon.

Listeners that day can pledge to make a contribution to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital by calling 800-559-2657, or by going online to,,, or

To talk with a coach, player or guest on June 7, call the studio line at (734) 998-1050. A live stream of the radio-a-thon also will be available online at,, or

Ann Arbor Radio’s broadcast area covers all of Washtenaw County, North to Flint, South to Ohio, East to Detroit and West to Jackson. Each day, more than 260,000 listeners tune in to Ann Arbor Radio’s stations.

About the new U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital & Women's Hospital
The U-M Health System officially broke ground in October 2006 for its $523 million C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital facility.

With 1.1 million square feet, the facility will provide a new and larger home for specialty services not offered anywhere else in Michigan for newborns, children and pregnant women, such as the pediatric liver transplant program, the Level I Pediatric Trauma Program, the Pediatric and Adolescent Home Ventilator Program, the Craniofacial Anomalies Program, high-risk pregnancy services and specialty gynecological services. 

Plans for the new children’s and women’s facility include16 pediatric operating rooms, four pediatric surgical procedure rooms, four Caesarean section suites, 20 rooms for antepartum or postpartum care, and 264 private inpatient beds upon opening with capacity for an additional 84 beds in the future.

To date, the U-M Health System has raised more than $50 million of the $75 million goal for its children’s and women’s fund-raising campaign, part of the University-wide $2.5 billion The Michigan Difference campaign.

To learn more about the children’s and women’s fund-raising campaign and building project, visit

Written by Krista Hopson


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