WTMD raises more than $15,000 for Haitian relief effort
More than 200 listeners pledge support as station airs accounts from the crisis
TOWSON, Md. (Jan. 21, 2010)—Listeners of Towson University's WTMD-FM pledged more than $15,000 in a day-long fundraiser Tuesday for the Doctors Without Borders Haiti Rescue Response Fund. The donations support Doctors Without Borders' efforts to deliver emergency medical care to the people of Haiti following last week's devastating earthquake.
“I am incredibly touched by the generosity of our listeners,” said WTMD’s general manager Stephen Yasko. “We wanted to go beyond asking contributions and help place the tragedy in a context our listeners could understand, so our staff contacted and interviewed several people from Baltimore to find out what they experienced and how they are making a difference in Haiti.”
During the special Jan. 19 broadcast, WTMD aired Haitian and Caribbean music, and featured personal accounts from people close to the disaster and relief effort. Among those interviewed were area news correspondents aboard USNS Comfort, the Navy hospital ship based out of Baltimore and currently deployed to Haiti; and TU student Alec Bersch, who was working just outside Port-au-Prince with the Hearts with Haiti ministry when the earthquake struck.