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#Radio100 Moment 18: Stations Around the Globe Air 'We Are the World'(April 5, 1985)
April 5, 1985

Moment 18: Stations Around the Globe Air 'We Are the World'

Radio stations around the world Friday dropped their usual programming for a few minutes for a simultaneous Good Friday broadcast of “We Are the World,” the enormously popular pop song aimed at helping African famine relief efforts. Over 8,000 radio stations simultaneously broadcast the song around the world. As the song was broadcast, hundreds of people sang along on the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Dionne Warwick, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Ray Charles were among the 46 singers who participated.

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