BIRMINGHAM – April 5, 2012 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Birmingham’s WBHJ JAMZ 95.7 FM has been awarded the National Association of Broadcaster’s Service to America Service to Children Award. The award recognizes JAMZ’s outstanding programs, campaigns and public service announcements produced for the benefit of local children.
Over the years, WBHJ has put the spotlight on Birmingham’s youth to promote education and community involvement, and answer to children in need. Through on-air promotions, liners and live and recorded breaks, WBHJ supports the annual Back to School Rally, which supplies disadvantaged children with school supplies and Diploma Day, in partnership with The Maranathan Academy, to encourage high school drop-outs to enroll in programs to obtain their GEDs.
At the holidays through Project Santa, WBHJ provides children in need with Christmas gifts. WBHJ also played a role in prevention, with on-air personalities visiting schools to speak about the importance of education and libraries to read to children as part of the summer Jamz Reading Program. In addition, WBHJ emphasizes creativity and community involvement by featuring sports teams, inviting youths to take over the JAMZ station for one night and through a Fall Festival for children and families.
“I am so proud of the work the entire 95.7 JAMZ team does day in and day out in serving the youth in our community,” said David DuBose, CMG Birmingham’s VP and Market Manager. “Our personalities volunteer to mentor children from at-risk families, and we are always the first to respond during times of crisis, most recently replacing playground equipment at tornado damaged Centerpoint Elementary School. Our Program Director, Mary K, has a motto of putting our listeners first, and in turn the listeners have rewarded 95.7JAMZ by ranking the radio station No. 1 for 48 Arbitron rating books in a row.”
About The Celebration of Service to America Awards
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., Bonneville International Corporation and the National Association of Broadcasters. In recent years, Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges, entertainment industry icon Quincy Jones, legendary rock star Sir Elton John, former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, and others have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available here.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.