“This was my first Radiothon with MIX101.5, and I was in awe speaking and interacting with these amazing children. You quickly realize that the true Heroes are the kids.”
— WRAL-FM Morning Show Producer Casey Tate
The 2015 MIX 101.5 Radiothon for Duke Children’s Hospital was a first for three WRAL-FM staffers and the last for another dedicated morning show personality. The two-day April event ended as a success for all, raising $563,504.08 from generous MIX listeners.
WRAL-FM Morning Show Co-Hosts Gene and Julie Gates and Morning Show Producer Casey Tate took part in their inaugural MIX Radiothon this year.
“This was my first Radiothon with MIX 101.5 and I was in awe speaking and interacting with these amazing children,” said Tate. “You quickly realize that the true Heroes are the kids.”
He was very impressed with the facilities and the people he met.
“No one ever wants to go to a hospital for any reason, but I was amazed at how the staff and workers make it their commitment to not only make the kids feel safe but the entire family as well,” said Tate.
Fox concluded her 17-year stint at WRAL-FM with Radiothon, an event for which she has a great passion. She announced her retirement the Monday after the event wrapped.
“I’m just so glad I got to spend the weekend with my heart, at Duke Radiothon. That was a good closing for me,” she told MIX listeners.
“When I tell people I have the best job in the world it is true. I always remind myself that every radio person that knows about MIX would crawl on their knees to have my job!” she said. “But my heartbeat has been our Radiothon for Duke.”
The staff at Duke presented Fox with a special gift at the conclusion of Radiothon, a dollhouse dubbed ‘Vanna’s Miracle Home’ which will be placed in one of the hospital playrooms.
“This event is one that everyone looks forward to,” said Tate. “For two days we were all able to come together with one goal in mind and that is make these kids’ lives better. And I know that we accomplished that.”
Thanks to Chris Rief Photography for these capcom photos.