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One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon Raises $881,720

December 18, 2013

Morning show host Bender brought the stories of Children’s patients, families, staff and volunteers to their listeners across the region

106.1 KISS FM (KBKS), a Clear Channel Radio station, raised more than $881,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital during its 13th annual “Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon” which took place December 17. This was the second Radiothon event the radio station hosted this year bringing their 2013 grand total to over $1.88 Million.

Morning show host Bender brought the stories of Children’s patients, families, staff and volunteers to their listeners across the region, who responded with generous donations.

“It’s truly incredible that Jackie and Bender inspire so many to give generously, especially during the holidays,” said Michele Smith, member, Seattle Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees. “They have given a voice to so many patients and their families to share their amazing stories with our community uniting everyone in supporting Seattle Children’s.  In 15 hours, KISS listeners donated the same amount raised after their second annual 4-day effort.  We can’t thank you enough!”

Funds raised through Radiothon will be used for the Children’s Greatest Needs Fund, allowing the hospital the flexibility to fund projects and programs that advance its mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.  Children’s is an important part of the safety net for the region’s children, and with the generous support from community members the hospital is able to deliver on its mission.  

“$881,720 in a little over 14 hours?  KISS-FM has the greatest listening audience in the world,” said Bender, 106.1 KISS FM Morning Show host.  “As a community, we were able to raise an incredible amount of money just a week before Christmas.  A true Christmas miracle if there ever was one. Seattle Children’s Hospital is, as Phil Smart used to refer to it, a blessed miracle house.  He would have been so proud.  Thank you to EVERYONE who donated.  It means more to me than you could possibly imagine. Merry Bendermas!!”

Photos from the event are posted to and online donations are still being accepted on the event webpage.  Listeners can also text in a $10 donation by texting the word CARE to 50555.

Jackie and Bender’s One Big KISS for Seattle Children’s Hospital Radiothon is co-presented by the John L. Scott Foundation and powered by CenturyLink.  The John L. Scott Foundation is funded by the volunteer donations and efforts of John L. Scott sales associates and employees.  The Foundation contributes to 18 children’s hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

About 106.1 KISS FM 

106.1 KISS FM is Seattle’s #1 Hit Music station.  It is a CHR-POP radio format with a primary target demo of Adults 18-49 years old.  The playlist currently features artists like Katy Perry, Maroon 5, OneRepublic and Lady Gaga.  106.1 KISS FM is owned an operated by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in Seattle which also operates KUBE 93 FM, Sports Radio KJR 950 AM, 95.7 KJR-FM, The Brew 104.9FM (KKBW), 102.9 NOW FM (KYNW) and South Sounds Sports 850AM.  106.1 KISS FM can be heard on the World Wide Web at Follow us on Twitter at  Like us on Facebook at

About Seattle Children’s

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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