A couple of Twin Cities radio stations are spending most of the day Thursday playing listener requests and literally anything goes.
The 12-hour event is being hosted by sister stations Go 96.3 and Go 95.3 until 6 p.m. The on-air hosts will play anything a listener wants so long as a monetary donation is made to to Second Harvest Heartland or Feeding America.
"Oh yeah, anything goes. We will find a clean version!" said Go 96.3 host Dana Wessel when BMTN asked how they'll handle song requests that have curse words or inappropriate language.
The "Feeding America Emergency Radiothon" is part of a nationwide hunger drive happening today. It's connected to RadioCares.org, which is "having a one day event hosted by over 10,000 radio stations across America inviting our listeners to help… to enable children, families, and seniors to sit down at the table and share a meal."
The donate/request a song process is two steps. First, donate by going to RadioCares.org. Then, to request a song on Go 96.3 you need to call or text the studio line at 651-989-9696. Same thing goes for Go 95.3, only to request a song you need to call or text 651-989-9595.
More broadcast fundraisers coming up
A separate event is set to take place Sunday, May 10 and will feature a musical broadcast collaboration between FOX 9 and MPR. The "Shine On Minnesota" broadcast will raise funds for local nonprofits, including Second Harvest Heartland, Springboard for the Arts, and MN Central Kitchen.
The broadcast will be hosted by FOX 9's Jason Matheson and Alix Kendall, along with MPR News' Cathy Wurzer and The Current's Jill Riley.
It'll be televised on FOX 9 and feature "entertainment, musical performances, inspirational messages, and stories of hope from some of Minnesota’s favorite artists and celebrities," a release said.
“Shine On Minnesota is for Minnesota, by Minnesota and benefitting Minnesota and we are thrilled to bring well-known gMinnesotans together to raise funds for those who need it most," said FOX 9 Senior VP/GM Sheila Oliver.
Another opportunity to listen to Minnesota sports personalities will happen this weekend as 10,000 Takes is hosting a 48-hour virtual show to raise money for the Groveland Emergency Food Bank.