Colorado stations help raise $1.1 million in flood relief

By Dru Sefton

Broadcasters across Colorado, including several public media stations, raised $1.1 million Sept. 18 during Colorado Flood Relief, a live fundraiser.

Torrential rains caused the massive flooding, which began Sept. 9. Floods have destroyed some 1,800 homes so far, with property losses statewide estimated at almost $2 billion, according to Reuters. The death toll stands at 10, with 140 people missing.

Public stations joined 14 commercial news outlets for the fundraiser, which ran from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Participating were Denver pubcasters Rocky Mountain PBS, Colorado Public Television and KUVO-FM; KUNC-FM in Greeley; KGNU-FM, Boulder; KRCC-FM, Colorado Springs; KAFM-FM, Grand Junction; and KVNF, Paonia.

Gov. John Hickenlooper was interviewed during the program, and a message from Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning ran on all stations.

Red Cross volunteers took calls for donations that will be split among that organization and several food banks.

This item was first published in Current, Sept. 23, 2013.

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