99.5 WZPL’s “Smiley Morning Show” Kicks Off Annual Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon This Thursday, November 30th

36-Hour Live Broadcast Returns for 27th Year to Help Make Local Children’s Wishes Come True

WHO: Cumulus Media’s 99.5 WZPL in Indianapolis, IN, and Smiley Morning Show with Presenting Sponsor, Peterman Heating Cooling & Plumbing, Indy’s Heating Plumbing and Electrical Experts; Tote Board Sponsor, Gentle Dentist; and Phone Bank Sponsor, OrthoIndy; and The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana.

WHAT: 99.5 WZPL kicks off its 27th annual Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon, a 36-hour live broadcast benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana. 99.5 WZPL sounds different this time of year because we are playing anything to raise money for Make-A-Wish! Listeners can call 317-228-1099, donate to Make-A-Wish to help make a local child’s wish come true, and then request whatever song they like, regardless of genre. You’ll hear everything from Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back” to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” to college fight songs to Taylor Swift, and everything in between. The Smiley Morning Show including Dave Smiley, Nikki, Producer Will, and Toni will be on-air live for the entire 36 hours, fueled by caffeine and a desire to help as many Hoosier kids as possible.

In 2022, a record-setting $1.07 million was raised and 107 wishes were granted to area children with critical illnesses, bringing the cumulative total raised by the Make-A-Wish Request-A-Thon over the past 27 years to more than $11 million.

WHEN: Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 6:00am through Friday, December 1, 2023, at 6:00pm.

WHERE: Listen on-air at 99.5 WZPL and streaming at WZPL.com, the WZPL app, and streaming devices.

WHY: The Make-A-Wish Foundation makes life-changing wishes come true for children with critical illnesses. More than 250 children in Indiana are waiting for their wish to be granted. These kids deal with so much through treatments and hospital stays. A wish is an invaluable tool to bring hope and excitement to a scary situation.

TO DONATE TO THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF OHIO, KENTUCKY & INDIANA, call 317-228-1099 or donate online at: https://donate.onecause.com/wzpl22/donate.

About Cumulus Media

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Toni DeKeyser, Smiley Morning Show317-429-7372

Taylor J, 99.5 WZPL Promotions, 314-570-9276

Jimmy Steele, WZPL Programming, 858-869-5073

Maria Quinton, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, 812-549-6669