For 35 years, WKML and the Beasley Fayetteville team have proudly been supporting the families and children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. That’s the longest continuous radiothon campaign in the country!

And for year 35, the listeners of WKML and Sunny 94.3 stepped up like never before, raising a market-record $208,751 to help make sure we will see a day where no child dies from cancer. Our 2021 St. Jude Country Cares wrapped up on December 16, with our community stepping up and making us proud.

“We are so thankful for a longtime partner like WKML and for the Fayetteville community for their dedication to the kids of St. Jude,” said Anastasia Bowden, representative for St. Jude.

On WKML, Don Chase and Sarah kicked things off Wednesday morning, followed up by tag-teams with Minda Lou and Gunner Jackson. WKML has been involved with St. Jude for longer than the actual Country Cares program has even existed, with Don Chase involved almost every single year.

We were proud to bring on board our friends at Sunny 94.3, with Paul Johnson hosting ALL DAY both days of the radiothon.

“Our team showed just how much they care for these amazing children and families this year, and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Tee Gentry, Regional Operations Manager for Beasley Media Group. “The mission of St. Jude is near and dear to all our hearts, and it’s an honor to be able to give a record amount on behalf of our amazing listening family.”

St. Jude is an important mission for our Beasley Fayetteville stations, because of the incredible work they do. The hospital in Memphis, Tenn. provides completely FREE medical care for children battling various pediatric cancers. The average patient treatment expense is $425,000, and families never have to pay a penny for any of that. It’s because of the incredible opening of your hearts and wallets that this is even a possibility.

We’d also like to give special thanks to our corporate partners in the 2021 Radiothon, without whom we would be lost.

  • Foust Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Canady’s Termite and Pest Control
  • Lumbee River EMC
  • Stanley Steemer
  • Smithfield’s Chicken N Bar-B-Q
  • and so many other local partners!

Thank you all for helping make this an incredible year for our St. Jude Radiothons, we truly love the support our community is always willing to give. You can still join in and support St. Jude if you weren’t able to join us during the Radiothon. Just click on the link below for more information on becoming a Partner in Hope.

The St. Jude Patient ABC’s of Cancer Poems

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.