Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
New West Broadcasting Corporation’s five Hawaii radio stations, KWXX-FM Hilo, KWXX-FM Kona, KNWB-FM Hilo, KMWB-FM Kona and KPUA-AM Hilo, hosted a 12-hour marathon broadcast that raised $28,000 for the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief effort. New West employees, along with volunteers from the American Red Cross, the local Waiakea High School and the broader community manned posts outside three KTA Super Stores from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. New West DJs broadcasted live from the grocery stores throughout the day encouraging Big Island residents and visitors to stop by to make a donation to the Relief Fund. "We are so grateful to the New West Broadcasting Corporation for their compassion in this time of great tragedy," said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter. "Their efforts in raising much needed funds for this effort will help us save lives and give hope to those in need."
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