|Karen D'Andrea from WMPG's Sound Ecology hosted 24 hour marathon outdoors to raise awareness|
In conjunction with the 5th annual National Homelessness Marathon, WMPG Radio and Sound Ecology together with the community of Portland hosted our own Homelessness Marathon on February 5 and 6, 2002. Over a dozen shelters and service providers stayed outdoors in downtown Portland's Monument Square to raise awareness about Homelessness. WMPG Producer Karen D'Andrea was visited by US Representative Tom Allen and Portland Mayor Karen Gerghety.
The mission of the national radio broadcast is to let homeless people speak to the nation. But that's not all that happens during this annual, overnight program which has originated from a different city each year. Host "Nobody" broadcasts from outdoors to dramatize the plight of people with nowhere to go in the cold. For 14 hours he interviews experts on various aspects of poverty in America (e.g. health care, hunger, public housing, etc.) and takes calls from around the country in addition to talking with homeless people. This year WMPG was invited to provide an hour long panel which was broadcast Nationally. Karen D'Andrea spoke with Maine experts Mary Ann Gleason, Don Gene, Mike Finnegan, and Carrie Buntrock at 7am on Wednesday morning. The panel sat outdoors during the broadcast and the temperature was a cold 15 degrees.
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