Saturday, September 19, 2015

WGRF Radiothon Raises $140K+ For Make-A-Wish

Larry Norton
Over 21 years, one Buffalo radio host has helped raise millions for the Make-A-Wish foundation, and on Thursday, it neared another milestone.

With the help of the western New York community, 97Rock / WGRF 96.9 FM raised $140,000 for the charitable organization. That brings the total funds raised by the Cumulus radio station and its morning show host Larry Norton to $2.9 million over more than two decades.

Although Norton, the long-time host of the Norton Show, and radio veteran of 40 years, announced his impending retirement during the radio-thon, he announced on Friday his company invited him to rejoin the company on-air for the next radio-thon in 2016 to help break the barrier and raise $3 million.

WIVB-TV4 reports during the radio-thon, Norton stayed on air for 28 consecutive hours and played any song a listener would request — so long as they pledged to the Make-A-Wish.

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