Stephen King rocks
Stephen King dished out spaghetti to raise money for hurricane victims. At the same time, his radio station, WKIT, in Bangor, Maine, served up tunes to raise funds. From The Belfast (Maine) Village Soup:
The fund-raiser began Aug. 30, after [WKIT] disc jockey Bobby Russell saw the devastation caused by the hurricane in New Orleans. Russell called the station owner, horror novelist Stephen King, and asked if he could change the format for a few days to conduct a “Pay to Play” radiothon. He also asked if King and his wife, Tabitha, would match whatever the station could raise. The idea was that the station would play whatever the caller wanted for a $10 pledge. By the end of the first day, the station had raised almost $50,000. When the amount was reported to the Kings, they agreed to match all pledges up to $150,000. The station continued to take pledges and play requests until late in the evening of Saturday Sept. 3. Altogether, the station raised $155,000 from listeners, plus the donation from the Kings for a total of $305,000.