This Friday, July 1, 2016 from 6-8 p.m., WREX's MeTV channel 13.3 will be broadcasting live a locally-produced “Rebuild West Virginia” telethon. WREX’s sister station WVVA will be originating the broadcast from its studios located in Bluefield, West Virginia. The broadcast will air statewide in West Virginia and Quincy Media will air it in all of its television markets located in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and New York. WVVA will also make the broadcast available to fellow broadcasters nationwide who wish to help. John Chadwick,13 WREX Vice President and General Manager said “given the state of emergency in 80% of West Virginia’s counties, outside help is in desperate need. We are proud to join our other Quincy Media stations across the country in helping support the flooding victims in West Virginia."
Viewers will be encouraged to make donations directly to the Red Cross West Virginia flood relief efforts at www.rebuildwestvirginia.com or www,rebuildwv.com to text the word "WVFLOODS" to 909999 to make a $10 donation or to call 1 (877) 273-0511 during the telethon to assist with the effort.
Entertainers, athletes and others with strong ties to West Virginia who have agreed to appear on the Rebuild West Virginia telethon Friday and/or a live concert event Sunday in Charleston include America’s Got Talent winner and Logan, WV resident, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, who is also donating all profits in the month of July from his new song, “ Come Home To West Virginia” to flood relief, Billy Ray Cyrus, country superstar and star of the new CMT series “Still The King”, actor and Princeton, WV native Kevin Sizemore (Fear The Walking Dead: Flight 462, NCIS, Resurrection, Under The Dome, Rizzoli & Isles), Leonard Coleman and Blunt, the former lead singers of legendary groups the Temptations, Platters, Drifters, Beckley, WV resident Cody Wickline from Season Eight of "The Voice", Mike Estes, formerly of Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Rocket Boys” New York Times #1 best-selling author and Coalwood, WV native Homer Hickam, Princeton resident Dreama “Mrs. Gilligan” Denver, Charleston, WV’s The Carpenter Ants, actor Chad Lindberg (Fast and the Furious, October Sky), Lewisburg, WV resident and former NBA star, Bimbo Coles, major league pitching sensation and Charleston WV native, John Kruk, Kenova native and Contemporary Christian superstar, Michael W. Smith, John Fogerty and pianist/solo artist, Bob Malone who has composed an original song for flood relief called “The River Gives”. MORE are expected to be added soon.
West Virginia was devastated by historic flooding June 23rd and 24th, causing the deaths of 23 residents, forcing thousands of residents to flee from their homes and businesses and hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage. National Guard and FEMA is on site, along with tens of thousands of volunteers. Clean up efforts are expected to take many months.
Contact: John Chadwick, 13 WREX Vice President & General Manager - (815) 335-7845