NBC 10 kicked off its charitable giving campaign, "10 Cares" with a telethon to benefit Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The day-long event began with NBC 10 News Sunrise at 4:30 a.m. and concluded with the 7 p.m. newscast. As a result, more than one million miles and $12,000 were raised to help make the wishes of Rhode Island and Massachusetts children with life-threatening medical conditions come true. In addition to donating the airtime and all promotional spots throughout the day, NBC 10 also donated $5,000 to the campaign.
"We're so pleased to play a part to help raise awareness and valuable airline miles to help local kids' travel wishes come true," said Chris Lanni, NBC 10 News Director. "This is exactly the reason that we developed '10 Cares,' to help make a difference in our local community."
NBC 10 is the most watched television news station in Southern New England during the just-completed November 2012 ratings period, according to Nielsen data. Of the seven most watched newscasts in the market, six are produced by WJAR. Seven of WJAR's 10 daily newscasts beat the competition combined. This marks the 63rd consecutive year in which NBC 10 has remained the overall ratings leader inSouthern New England.
"We are beyond thrilled by the tremendous support of NBC 10," said Paula Montgomery, Rhode Island’s Regional Director of the Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "The majority of our wishes involve airline travel and with the average round trip domestic ticket utilizing approximately 35,000 to 50,000 miles, we'll be able to grant many, many wishes moving forward."
About Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Islandgrants wishes for children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 years of age with life-threatening medical conditions in Massachusettsand Rhode Islandto enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. In 2012, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Islandcelebrates its 25th anniversary of granting wishes. In its 25-year history, the organization has granted more than 6,000 wishes for children in its two-state region. Visit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island at www.massri.wish.org for more information and to volunteer or make a donation to bring the joy of a wish to a child in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassRIWish.
About NBC 10
WJAR-TV/DT is the most watched television station in the Providence-New Bedford television market and NBC 10 News is Southern New England’s leading news station. WJAR was first launched as a radio station in 1922 and then became the market’s first television station in 1949. WJAR-TV/DT is owned by Media General, Inc.
About Media General
Media General is a leading provider of news, information and entertainment across 18 network-affiliated broadcast television stations and their associated digital media and mobile platforms. The company’s stations serve consumers and advertisers in strong local markets, primarily in the Southeast. Media General's network affiliates include eight NBC stations, eight CBS stations, one ABC station and one CW station. Six of the company's stations operate in the Top 40 markets in the United States. Media General's stations reach more than one-third of TV households in the Southeast and more than 8 percent of U.S. TV households. Media General entered the television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, as an NBC affiliate. Today, WFLA is the company's largest TV station, operating in the 14th largest DMA in the United States.
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