Children’s Hospital Radiothon to reach $3 million milestone in eleventh year

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The annual Children’s Hospital Radiothon, presented by Entercom Upstate, will be held on August 9 and 10, celebrating over $3 million raised for children and families throughout the event’s 11 year history.

The live broadcast can be heard from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on each of the seven Entercom stations: 106.3 WORD, ESPN Upstate, Classic Rock 101.1, 93.3 The Planet, Magic 98.9, B93.7 and 96.3 The Block.

Throughout the two-day event, the on-air personalities will share stories and interviews with patients and families helped by Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System’s (GHS) programs and services, including the Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Children’s Emergency Center, Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center and BI-LO Charities Children’s Cancer Center. Radio listeners and others wishing to participate can donate by texting “GHS” to 51555 or by donating online.

The donations raised fund the Dream Gap, which is the array of services not covered under a normal operating budget that make a hospital stay more comfortable for patients and families. The Dream Gap includes items needed for everyday care and play, such as iPads and toys; specialized medical equipment, such as special needs car seats; and funding for larger programs, including the facility dog program and the summer camps that GHS Children’s Hospital sponsors free of charge to patients.

“Radiothon helps children across the Upstate in many ways,” said Robin LaCroix, MD, medical director of GHS Children’s Hospital. “The contributions and support we receive provide a very special medicine made up of child-centered programs and treatments that help minimize anxiety around hospital and doctor’s office visits. This is possible only through the tremendous generosity of our wonderful donors and partners who give to GHS Children's Hospital.”

Entercom Upstate is one of GHS Children’s Hospital’s largest philanthropic partners. In addition to Radiothon, their support includes toy drives, a Valentine’s Day “Cards for Kids” event and ticket sale donations.

“Entercom Upstate hosts Radiothon every year and we couldn’t ask for better partners than GHS Children’s Hospital,” said Devon van der Merwe, General Sales Manager at Entercom Upstate and Radiothon Ambassador. “Entercom is the largest radio group in the Upstate, reaching over 720,000 listeners every week, so what better way to give back to our listeners and our community’s children, than through this two day event that supports such a fantastic organization. We are very proud of the work that has been accomplished in the past decade with Radiothon and look forward to bringing more support for decades to come.”

GHS Children's Hospital serves all of upstate South Carolina, western North Carolina and eastern Georgia. The money raised during Radiothon impacts more than 400,000 visitors each year.

About Greenville Health System
Greenville-based Greenville Health System (GHS) has partnered with Columbia-based Palmetto Health to form a not-for-profit health care delivery system serving 1.2 million patients annually across South Carolina. The new name and graphic identity are expected to be announced later this year. GHS offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its academic health system, eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services. GHS, by itself a 1,627-bed system, is home to 16 medical residency and fellowship programs, as well as partnership efforts as well as partnership efforts with Clemson University, Furman University and the University of South Carolina through the GHS Health Sciences Center. Visit www.ghs.org for more information.

About Entercom Upstate
Entercom Upstate is the largest radio group in Greenville and Spartanburg DMA with seven radio stations: B93.7, Magic 98.9, 93.3 The Planet, Classic Rock 101.1, ESPN Upstate, 106.3 WORD, and 96.3 The Block, reaching over 720,000 listeners weekly. Known for locally programmed stations and live, local talent, Entercom Upstate is home to the biggest brands and personalities on Upstate radio, including Hawk & Tom, The Rise Guys, John Boy & Billy, Steve Harvey, The Tara Show, The Bobby Mac Show, The Carolina Panthers and Clemson Tiger football, basketball and baseball. More information is available at www.entercomupstate.com.

About Entercom Communications Corp.
Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE: ETM) is the fourth-largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., reaching and engaging more than 40 million people a week through its portfolio of highly rated stations in top markets across the country. Entercom is a purpose-driven company, deeply committed to entertaining and informing its listeners with the best locally curated music, news, sports, and talk content, driven by compelling local personalities. Entercom delivers superior ROI by connecting its customers and audiences through its leading local brands and unparalleled local marketing solutions, which include over 4,000 events each year, and its SmartReach Digital product suite. Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at www.Entercom.com, Facebook and Twitter (@Entercom).