Brother, can you spare a dime?
Since it’s no secret that I love to hear the sound of my own voice, the kind folks at Thunder 102 radio have given me the opportunity to chatter endlessly over the last few years on behalf of The River Reporter and as a result, I feel the need to give back. The station (www.thunder102.com) is community driven, and I’m grateful to be a small cog in the wheel of all that they do (as long as they let me keep talking). In association with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, (www.stjude.org), Thunder 102 is once again lending it’s considerable support to the cause and held its second annual “Hoops for Hope” fundraiser last Monday on campus at SUNY Sullivan, with members of the community donating money to shoot basketball free-throws and listen to me call the shots, along with on-air radio personality Michelle Semerano.
A game of “H-O-R-S-E” capped the evening with Thunder’s Paul Ciliberto and Barry Lewis of the Times Herald Record, teamed up against Liberty’s (IMHO) legend-in-his-own-mind Fred Kahn and honest-to-goodness legend Larry Chance, who along with the Earls, recorded monster hits “Life is but a Dream” and “Remember Then” back in the ‘50s. Chance continues to perform the music that helped define rock and roll, and members of the community showed up to see him, donate to the cause and have fun in the process. With Greg Goldstein of the Misner Agency refereeing, Ciliberto’s team reigned supreme (sorry, Fred), and I’ll have another opportunity to keep talking as the third annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon takes place on Thursday the 19th and 20th. Dharma the Wonder Dog and I will be on-air, gratefully accepting pledges and keeping the tote board updated as the 48-hour event unfolds. To donate, visit the website or call 800/720-5944. I may be horse myself by the time the radiothon draws to a close, but don’t be surprised if when we see each other next, I hold out my hand and ask (for the kids, of course) “brother, can you spare a dime?”