JONESBORO, Ark. – (February 18, 2020) - We are happy to announce we will once again sponsor the annual Radio/Cablethon live from Blytheville, AR on Saturday, March 10th. In its 41st year, the annual Radio/Cablethon raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
We are delighted to be celebrating our 14th year of involvement with the event. With over $2.8 million in donations raised at the Cablethon over the past 13 years, we anticipate another successful year of raising funds for St. Jude. We will broadcast Saturday’s Cablethon live from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on our local access channel, Tubetown, which is channel 21 in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri and channel 11 in West Tennessee. The Tubetown production of the Cablethon will also be streamed on YouTube Live, which allows viewers around the world to watch by visiting www.YouTube.com/Tubetownonline. Donations may be pledged during the day of the event by calling 870-824-2020 or 1-855-824-2020.
ESA Sorority, a women’s civic club established in Northeast Arkansas who has taken ownership of the event for many decades, fundraises year round to ensure the success of the Radio/Cablethon. We are proud to work alongside the ladies of ESA to produce this community-focused event. KHLS Thunder Country 96.3 FM, a Blytheville-based Sudbury Broadcasting radio station, leads the Radiothon. The programming focuses on St. Jude as the station promotes the weekend’s events and solicits pledges from listeners. KHLS will also air the audio portion of Tubetown’s Cablethon production. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, and NO child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude relies heavily on donations from generous people throughout the country to fund their efforts.
“The St. Jude Cablethon is dear to us because it gives us the opportunity to show our commitment to the areas we serve and our pledge to always be ‘Right by You’, said Ritter Communications Vice President of Marketing , Susan Christian. “We are grateful each year for the number of Ritter Communications employees who donate their time and raise money to support this important event.” Marcus Carlton, TubeTown’s Local Content Manager, says “The Cablethon is something we look forward to every year. It is always incredible to see our community come together to support the children of St. Jude. I’m honored to be part of such a meaningful project!”
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.
About Ritter Communications:
Ritter Communications is the largest privately held telecommunications service provider in the Mid-South, offering world-class broadband fiber, telecom, video, cloud and data center services. The company has grown rapidly over the years, investing millions recently in technology infrastructure and is now serving 94 communities and more than 45,000 customers in Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and Tennessee. Headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Ritter Communications invests heavily in the communities it serves by deploying proven, best-in-class infrastructure and technology, while coupling it with a world-class customer-focused experience. For more information visit RitterCommunications.com.
Tubetown, a community partnership by Ritter Communications, airs local, live and pre-recorded high school sports, as well as local events, parades, charities and pageants. Tubetown was established as Ritter’s local content production arm in 2008 and reaches thousands of viewers via Facebook Live and Ritter TV customers in Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri. Tubetown airs on channel 11 in West Tennessee and 21 northeast Arkansas/Missouri. Visit Tubetownonline.com on the web and receive programming updates via our Twitter account, @Tubetown.