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iHeartMedia Baton Rouge Wins State Award for Radiothon

The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters awarded iHeartMedia Baton Rouge with the 2017 Prestige Award for Best Live On-Site Remote for the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Radiothon held in November 2016.  iHeartMedia Baton Rouge’s stations include 96.1 FM The River, 97.7 FM/1150 AM Newsradio WJBO, 101.5 FM WYNK, and 102.5 FM WFMF.  Led by nationally-recognized Radiothon veterans, Murphy, Sam, and Jodi, all of these stations, together with their listeners, raised more than $183,000 for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.

Murphy, Sam and Jodi (center) receive on behalf of iHeartMedia Baton Rouge the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters 2017 Prestige Award. also pictured are (left) Miss Louisiana Justine Ker and national broadcaster from Fox Sports, Tim Brando.


iHeartMedia Baton Rouge On-Air Talent celebrate raising over $183,000 with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Foundation staff and administrators at the November 2016 Radiothon.  Pictured L-R: Rachael Welborn (CMN Specialist), Chad Cathey (OLOL Children’s Hospital Administrator), Cecil “Scotty Mac” Carwile (96.1 The River), Ericka Garcia (CMN Specialist), Jenna Winzenburg (iHeartMedia Social Media), Austin James (101.5 WYNK), Jodi Koontz (96.1 The River), Sam North (96.1 The River), Joseph Sergio (102.5 WFMF), Jeremy Poursine (1150 AM/97.7 FM WJBO), Danny Fields (Director of Children’s Miracle Network)


The Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Radiothon live remote setup in the lobby of the hospital would not be possible without the skilled expertise, dedication, and continuous monitoring by iHeartMedia Baton Rouge’s Engineering/IT Team, Richard Petty and Joey Verrett.


All funds raised during this year’s Radiothon will support the building of the new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, which is set to open in Summer 2019.  The new 66 acre children’s hospital campus adjacent to Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge will feature:

  • 350,000 sq feet of patient care space
  • 5 floors initially with shelled space for quick expansion to 6 floors
  • One full floor dedicated to pediatric oncology services
  • Playrooms for children on every floor
  • An expanded, state-of-the-art emergency department with helipad
  • Double the amount of current surgical space
  • A 30 Bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • A Family Resource Center With information and support for disease and injury
  • Larger, more spacious private rooms
  • A pediatric pharmacy and traditional retail pharmacy
  • A dedicated 95,000 sq feet medical office building
  • A landscaped outdoor garden and plaza for respite, healing, and reflection
  • A meditation room designed for families

If you would like to donate towards the new Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, visit the donation page here.