Niswonger Children’s Hospital Radiothon surpasses fundraising goal


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn, -- The region’s first-ever radiothon to support Niswonger Children’s Hospital finished on a high note Tuesday evening, with fundraising surpassing the event’s $100,000 goal.

“We are proud to announce that the radiothon has raised more than $121,000,” said Don Raines, radiothon committee chairman. “I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you not only to all the individuals who financially contributed, but also to the fine folks at the Mountain States Foundation and all the volunteers who helped pull this off. It’s a celebration in honor of the children that are unfortunate in needing specialized services, but at the same time so fortunate that we have a great resource right here in Johnson City to help them and their families.”

Local radio stations 98.5 WTFM, 95.9 The Hog, Classic Hits 102.7, FM 94 WMEV, and WKPT radio teamed up with the Mountain States Foundation this week to take pledges from individuals and businesses to support the region’s only Children’s Hospital.

“This is the first event of its kind to support Niswonger Children’s Hospital,” said Steven Godbold, the hospital’s CEO. “Contrary to popular belief, our region’s children’s hospital does not receive any funds from the Children’s Miracle Network, so we are immensely grateful to the fine folks at Holston Valley Broadcasting for their enthusiastic and generous support.”

“This is a great thing. We are more than happy to support such a terrific service for the children and families of this region,” said David Widener, executive vice president and general manager for Holston Valley Broadcasting, the radio stations’ parent company.

Local businesses have been working behind the scenes for months in preparation for the radiothon, offering promotions that have encouraged community members to donate. Those corporate sponsors were Roadrunner Markets with a $15,000 donation, Walgreens with $15,000, Food City with $10,000, Chick-fil-A with $5,000 and Ruby Tuesday with $1,000.

“The donations coming from these corporate sponsors are evidence of the outpouring of support we’ve seen from the community,” said Raines. “We are so humbled by the generosity that the residents of this region have shown, and so encouraged by what those donations can do for our children.” 

Although the on-air portion of the radiothon has ended, donations can still be made online at

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