Thanks so much to Rick Loader for sending a few WHAS items in honor of the station's 100th birthday. "Microphone Memoirs" was written by Credo Fitch Harris, who was hired in 1922 by Courier Journal owner Judge Robert Worth Bingham to manage the launch of WHAS Radio. This 1937 book by Credo Harris reflects upon the many innovations achieved during the first 15 years of WHAS, Kentucky's first radio station. Here are a few samples of Credo's notes.
There's nothing in America quite like the WHAS Crusade for Children. It's the most successful ongoing telethon in the United States. Firefighters raise more than half of the money to provide assistance for special needs children and their families. Other huge donations come in from local companies, churches, civic groups, and individuals. It's an incredible testament to the generosity of Kentucky and Indiana citizens. Thanks to every person who donated to this annual miracle! official press release from the Crusade for Children 68th WHAS Crusade for Children reaches cumulative total of $200 million raised since 1954 For immediate release: June 6, 2021 (Louisville, KY) In an emotional weekend, honoring many fallen firefighters, communities in Kentucky and southern Indiana came together once again for
Join us on May 15th at Elk Run for the Ted Throckmorton Crusade for Children golf tournament. Ted was a Crusade volunteer for over 60 years. Now that he has passed, we honor him with his friends to continue the cause of helping special needs children. Don't miss my one and only swing at 1:49 in the above video. I was wearing my business suit pants and shoes and literally got out of the car and walked to the tee box. 105 yards, 52 degree wedge into a headwind, ball stops 6 feet short. Birdie. We've upgraded the Crusade music menu this year. Thanks, Teddy Abrams.
The 62nd annual WHAS Crusade for Children brought in $5.6 million for special needs children throughout Kentucky and Indiana. More than half of the funds are raised through firefighter roadblocks, a tradition started in the 1950s. To date, more than $165 million has been raised to buy equipment and to fund programs to assist special needs children. The weekend radio/TV broadcast is hosted by iHeartMedia's WHAS Radio and Gannett's WHAS-11 television, Crusade partners since the fundraiser's launch in 1954. The Crusade for Children thrives on family support. It is an honor to work with my son Max, a director at WHAS-11, on every Crusade. This telethon improves lives and that is a joyous experience best shared with family.
100% of the $5.6 million raised for the WHAS Crusade for Children is being distributed to local agencies, hospitals, and schools. Thank you, Kentuckiana. Here's the distribution list: Adair County Board of Education $30,000.00 American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. $10,000.00 Americana Community Center, Inc. $8,500.00 Anchorage Independent District $26,880.00 Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. $16,000.00 Archdiocese of Louisville $48,000.00 ARHHC $7,000.00 Asbury University/Learning Library $11,629.55 Asbury University/Scholarships $22,500.00 Baptist Health Foundation Greater Louisville, Inc. $85,000.00 Bardstown Independent Schools $33,000.00 Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center $4,000.00 Bellarmine University/Assessment Clinic $9,500.00 Bellarmine University/Scholarships $10,000.00 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Inc. $7,000.00 Bingham Child Guidance Clinic, Inc. $60,305.00 Bluegrass Center for Autism $25,000.00 Boys & Girls Club, Inc. $40,000.00 Boys & Girls Haven/Equine Program $22,600.00 Boys & Girls Haven/Medical Care Team $45,000.00 Boys & Girls Haven/Therapeutic Residential Program $30,000.00 Breckinridge County Board