Cazenovia’s own WITC FM, 88.9FM, participated in a nationally-syndicated broadcast marathon today, focused on issues of homelessness in the United States. The Homelessness Marathon, in its 15th year, ran from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and was followed by a discussion on homelessness issues in Madison County.
Originating with community and non-profit stations around the country, the mission of the Homelessness Marathon is to raise consciousness about homelessness and poverty in America and around the world. Each hour of the program originated at a different radio station, starting with WEFT in Champaign Illinois at 10 a.m., and the program was distributed through the Pacifica Foundation, a national network of community radio stations, and PRSS, the syndication service operated by NPR.
Students from CM441, Media Management, provided staffing for the technical aspects from the WITC studio in Hubbard Hall. At 6pm, at the conclusion of the syndicated content, the station aired a previously recorded interview with Sandy Bain, a staff member with Madison County’s Community Action Partnership. She spoke about how homelessness presents itself in Madison County, and what services are available to tackle it.
Archived copies of each hour of the marathon are available for a limited period of time from the website of the Pacifica Foundation, which provided technical infrastructure for the event