January 20, 1999
Geneva, NY — A radio personality from WEOS-FM on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges will broadcast live for 14 hours from the streets of Philadelphia to dramatize the plight of those who have nowhere to go in the cold. The 2nd Annual Homelessness Marathon will be broadcast live from 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, January 27 through 9 a.m. Thursday, January 28, via the NPR satellite.
The national teach-in on issues of poverty and homelessness in America will be hosted by “Nobody,” aka Jeremy Weir Alderson. Alderson has hosted “The Nobody Show — Your Unabashed Voice of the Left and Left Out” on WEOS-FM in Geneva for more than six years. The marathon will be hosted on the ground by the Kensington Welfare Rights Union. It will include at least a dozen co-hosts throughout the night, including Cheri Hankala, executive director of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, Paul Roden, executive director of the San Francisco Coalition for the Homeless, and Tom Boland, webmaster of the Homelessness-On-Line web site.
It is the mission of the marathon to present the voices of more poor and homeless Americans than have ever before been heard on a single broadcast. Listeners will also be able to call in to an 800 number to become part of this important conversation.
The marathon will be broadcast on WEOS-FM 89.7, as well as on other non-commercial stations across the nation. It will also air on Radio for Peace International (RFPI), a shortwave broadcast serving an international audience, and be broadcast on the internet.
WEOS is a non-commercial, public radio station licensed to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.
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