For decades, radio industry leaders and managers became connected to The T.J. Martell Foundation, a cancer research non-profit started by and fueled through music industry executives and recording artists.
In years’ past, a silent auction at a R&R Convention would have served as a fundraiser for the foundation. A May 2020 event was to have honored the late WFUV in New York programmer Rita Houston, marketing star Bozoma St. John and Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood, but then came COVID-19.
Behind the scenes, the foundation’s EVP/GM was personally benefiting from her role as its head. Now, she’s going to prison and must pay every cent of the more than $3.7 million she embezzled from the non-profit.