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Katrina Relief Efforts on North Country Public Radio (9/9/05)

North Country Public Radio will participate in a nationwide public radio program to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The station will air the Higher Ground benefit concert, live from Lincoln Center in New York City, on Saturday, September 17th, at 8pm. The event features a star-studded lineup of musicians and actors including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis, with Bill Cosby, Diana Krall, Paul Simon, Cassandra Wilson, Robert De Niro, Buckwheat Zydeco, Elvis Costello, Meryl Streep, McCoy Tyner, and many others. Throughout the evening, NCPR staff will provide on air information about efforts in our region and ways listeners can participate.

In addition, the station has announced that it will contribute five percent of all NCPR membership gifts received by October 1st to help New Orleans public radio stations WWOZ and WWNO, both of which lost studios and equipment. The station has sent out a special appeal to members.

NCPR will continue to highlight local and regional efforts to help Katrina survivors during regional news programs and throughout the broadcast day. A list of those efforts, as well as information about ways to give cash and to volunteer to help hurricane survivors is also available on the North Country Public Radio website, www.ncpr.org.

NCPR’s chief engineer and music host, “Radio Bob” Sauter, will headline a benefit concert on the St. Lawrence University campus on Friday, September 16th, from 5 to 9 pm in the student center, featuring New Orleans-style food, and music featuring The Radio Bob Band and Friends. Other performers include the Tim Savage Jazz Quartet, the Laurentian Singers, and the Gospel Choir.

In addition, NCPR news reporter Gregory Warner will participate with other musicians in a Katrina relief benefit Cajun dinner and dance in SUNY Potsdam’s Thatcher Hall, on Friday, September 23rd.

For additional information, contact June Peoples, NCPR Membership Director, 315-229-5356.


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