23rd Dick Purtan Radiothon readies in Detroit


CBS Radio’s 104.3 WOMC, Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People and The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit are once again joining forces for the annual 16-hour Dick Purtan Radiothon to raise funds critical to help the homeless and hungry in the Motor City. The 23rd Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon will broadcast live from the Oakland Mall in Troy from 6am to 10pm on Friday, Feb. 26. 

The Radiothon will be held exactly one month prior to his retirement from WOMC.  Purtan announced his retirement on 2/11.  The Radiothon can be heard in its entirety on 104.3 WOMC, online at www.womc.com and through a variety of mobile outlets including the iPhone, iPod Touch and select Blackberry devices.

Since the Radiothon’s launch in 1988, nearly $22 million has been raised for the Bed and Bread Program. Last year’s Radiothon raised $2,262,931 in just 16 hours.

Donations can be made to the Radiothon by calling 248-307-1043, by clicking on www.womc.com or by sending a check to The Salvation Army at 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075.

“My hope is that listeners and friends of WOMC and The Salvation Army will come through – as they always do – to raise money for this important cause,” noted Purtan.  “It’s hard to believe that this is the 23rd year hosting my Radiothon to benefit The Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread program. It’s even harder to believe the depth of the need that continues to exist in our community. By donating what you can on Feb. 26, you have the opportunity to do the most good by helping to feed and shelter those in our community who desperately need our help.”

The 23rd Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon will include a who’s who of special guests and interviews, including Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, comedian and long-time friend Tim Allen, music superstar Bob Seger, many Detroit television news, sports and weather anchors; comedians John Pinette, Rocky LaPorte, Joey Kola, Kathleen Madigan and more.

“The need for food and shelter provided by The Salvation Army has reached alarming levels in the Metro Detroit area,” said Major John Turner, general secretary for The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit. “Everyone at The Salvation Army, from our officers to those we serve, is so grateful to Dick Purtan and the entire WOMC family for their continued strong support.”