Greater Media Charlotte’s nationally syndicated Bob & Sheri program devoted their entire Wednesday, January 20th broadcast to helping the children of Haiti through the international humanitarian charity organization World Vision. The radiothon ran on their national satellite feed from 6:00am to 10:00am and then extended in their local market on WLNK-FM until 12:00 pm. This broadcast was Bob & Sheri’s third World Vision radiothon and focused on the topic of the devastation in Haiti and the positive work of World Vision and their sponsors.
Moments after their broadcast began, another powerful earthquake aftershock rocked Haiti. Bob & Sheri were able to make contact and interview World Vision worker Steve Matthews in Port-au-Prince as well as CBS news correspondent Peter King. Bob & Sheri listeners responded in droves. Due to the tremendous listener response, 478 Haitian children have so far been sponsored with more on the way. As these sponsorships poured in, co-host Sheri Lynch listed every new sponsor’s name and a “thank you” onto her Twitter feed.
Three years ago, both Bob & Sheri hosts, Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch, visited the Dominican Republic. During their first radiothon in 2007, Bob and Sheri’s personal stories touched listeners who then sponsored a record-breaking number of 655 children in need worldwide. In 2009, Lynch toured the slum areas in Delhi, India to see the work and progress World Vision is accomplishing there. For 2010, Sheri Lynch was scheduled to tour the slums of Haiti with World Vision in the latter part of July with the following radiothon to air soon after her return in early August. As a result of the overwhelming need in Haiti, Bob & Sheri advanced the date of the World Vision radiothon to Wednesday, January 20th.