Cumulus Detroit’s 760 WJR Joins The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit to Raise Nearly $1.9 Million to Help the Area’s Hungry and Homeless

The Annual Bed & Bread Club Radiothon Has Raised More Than $43.1 Million Since Dick Purtan’s First Radiothon in 1988

Donation Milestone Achieved Through Bed & Bread Program Partner Ford Motor Company Fund

DETROIT, MI – February 28, 2023 — Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) announces that its Detroit News/Talk station 760 WJR raised $1,888,503 to help The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit combat hunger and homelessness in Metro Detroit through the 36th Annual Bed & Bread Club Radiothon on Thursday, February 23rd, and Friday, February 24th. The 27-hour radio fundraiser, organized by Ron Smerigan, Director, Media Integration, Cumulus Detroit, aired on 760 WJR and featured 760 WJR on-air personalities Radio Hall of Famer Paul W. Smith, Sean Baligian, Marie Osborne, Tom Jordan, Chris Renwick, Lloyd Jackson, Mitch Albom, Ken Brown, Steve Courtney, Guy Gordon, and Bed & Bread Club Founder and Radio Hall of Famer Dick Purtan, broadcasting from The Salvation Army Great Lakes Divisional Headquarters in Southfield.

The Bed & Bread Club Radiothon has raised a total of more than $43.1 Million over the life of the Radiothon. The Bed & Bread trucks bring meals to more than 3,500 Detroiters each day and all money raised during the Radiothon will go toward that mission.

The Radiothon also featured appearances from special guests who encouraged the community to donate and help those who are hungry and homeless in metro Detroit. Michigan natives Tim Allen and Terry Crews also joined business and civic leaders to show their support of The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit. Among the many generous contributions are:

  • Ford Motor Company Fund – $400,000
  • Artichoke Garlic Foundation – $150,000
  • The Salvation Army Metro Detroit Advisory Board – $52,275
  • Schostak Brothers & Co. – $50,000
  • Pat Moran Chevrolet – $36,000
  • Edsel and Cynthia Ford – $35,000
  • The Purtan Family Foundation – $36,000
  • Tim Allen Foundation – $25,000
  • Fifth Third Bank – $20,000
  • Vibe Credit Union – $15,000
  • Huntington – $15,000
  • Toyota Motor North America – $15,000
  • Charlie Nemes of Nemes Rush Family Wealth Management – $10,000
  • Dick Genthe Chevrolet – $10,000

Steve Finateri, Vice President/Market Manager, Cumulus Detroit, said: “It has been an honor to participate in The Salvation Army’s annual Radiothon for the past 13 years and support the nonprofit’s mission of feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless. We are grateful for the generous donations from our listeners and supporters, who make it possible for us to continue helping those in need.”

Lt. Col. John Turner, divisional commander and regional CEO for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division, commented: “The Metro Detroit community’s support has been remarkable; their generous donations and support have touched the lives of thousands of people in need. We are blessed to have such a wonderful community. The Salvation Army would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to WJR for hosting the Radiothon for the past 13 years. Their support has helped us fulfill our mission of doing the most good.”

Supporters can still make a monetary contribution to the Radiothon by:

  • Visiting
  • Texting BREAD to 24365
  • Calling 833-SAL-HOPE

About The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Program

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit’s Bed & Bread program serves nearly 3,500 meals each day to men, women and children who would otherwise go without. That’s nearly 1.3 million meals every year. In addition, the Bed & Bread program provides more than 72,000 nights of shelter annually. Hats, gloves, socks, personal supplies and blankets are often distributed, along with the meals. The Bed & Bread Program is unique in that it serves many people via mobile soup kitchens. The Bed & Bread trucks are on the streets of Detroit 365 days a year making designated stops throughout the day.

About Cumulus Media

Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is an audio-first media company delivering premium content to over a quarter billion people every month — wherever and whenever they want it. Cumulus Media engages listeners with high-quality local programming through 404 owned-and-operated radio stations across 85 markets; delivers nationally-syndicated sports, news, talk, and entertainment programming from iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and many other world-class partners across more than 9,400 affiliated stations through Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through the Cumulus Podcast Network, its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are smart, entertaining and thought-provoking. Cumulus Media provides advertisers with personal connections, local impact and national reach through broadcast and on-demand digital, mobile, social, and voice-activated platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live event experiences. Cumulus Media is the only audio media company to provide marketers with local and national advertising performance guarantees. For more information visit

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