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The Annual Hungerthon Underway on CBS Radio Stations; Dedicated to Pete Fornatale

WhyHunger is the organization at the heart of Hungerthon, the yearly charity event broadcast today on many stations, primarily owned by CBS Radio.

Started in 1975, this year’s event takes on a special need–victims of Superstorm Sandy. The devastation altered the airing of Hungerthon, which traditionally runs close to Thanksgiving.

“Hurricane Sandy created a crisis that was front and center in everyone’s minds and life experience,” Noreen Springstead, director of marketing and fundraising for WhyHunger, tells FishbowlNY. “Families who had never before been without food or shelter were forced to endure these hardships for the first time, and many are still struggling to meet their basic needs.”

Despite the agency’s focus on the long-term poverty crisis, WhyHunger partnered with numerous tri-state groups to provide essential food and water to those struggling in the days and weeks since Sandy.

“Through Hungerthon’s many public service shows we are shining a spotlight on those organizations and also raising funds for their work,” Springstead says. “We have long-term relationships with the most effective organizations in New York and New Jersey that are solving the hunger problem and are able to support them during this critical time.”

Springstead says those in need can call the national hotline at 1-866-3-Hungry for assistance.

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Veteran TV News Reporter Magee Hickey Finds a New Home–WPIX

Magee Hickey, the well-known, red-headed reporter who left WCBS/Channel 2 in May after her contract wasn’t renewed, has joined WPIX.

A WPIX spokeswoman says Hickey started at Channel 11 on Friday night’s PIX News at Ten. The Daily News says Hickey will be an important fill-in for vacationers during the summer months.

In a strange twist of fate, Hickey is reunited with WPIX news director Bill Carey. He was at the helm at WCBS when Hickey was there, and ultimately fired her in 1996 as part of “Black Friday,” in which seven high-profile staffers, including Tony Guida, John Johnson, and Michele Marsh were sent packing.  

Hickey has amassed several decades of experience in New York. Along with her two stints at WCBS, she is also familiar to viewers from covering stories for WNEW/Channel 5 (Now-WNYW), WNBC, and WABC.

Annual Hungerthon Wraps Up Today on Several Radio Stations

With millions getting ready to give thanks for what they have, it’s the perfect time to help others in need.

The Hungerthon, in conjunction with World Hunger Year, joins forces with many radio stations to help the organization’s annual fund drive.

Started over the weekend, the Hungerthon concludes today in a big way. More than a dozen city stations will participate today.

  • WCBS-AM 

News Director Tim Scheld tells FishbowlNY that WCBS 880 is hosting the entire phone bank for calls to Hungerthon from any station.

“The newsroom is filled with tables, computers, [and] the conference table has every inch taken up with Hungerthon material.”

The station has coverage from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Wayne Cabot and Tony Guida hosting the Hungerthon portions.

Then there are the auction items that each station is using to entice listeners.

WCBS-AM is offering various packages, among them is a chance to sit in with sportscaster Jared Max and record your own report.

You can win a tour of the Giants’ new training facility, and also bid for a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  

 A look at sports themed items on WFAN after the jump.

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