CHAMAPIGN — WEFT 90.1-FM will host the first hour of the nationwide broadcast of the 2012 Homelessness Marathon on Sunday. The program will air in its entirety from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Participating radio stations from across the country will host an hour of each segment, beginning with WEFT in Champaign, and continuing to Maine, Indiana, New Mexico, Vermont, New Hampshire, Oregon and New York. Topics include counting the homeless; the perceptions and realities of who comprise the homeless; poverty and public health; what states can do about homelessness; and more.
Local guests on WEFT include representatives from C-U at Home, which is conducting a countywide effort to interview the homeless; St. Jude's Catholic Worker House; The Salvation Army Stepping Stones Shelter; and an individual who is homeless.
Those who would like to call in during the broadcast can do so at 877-NOBODY. In addition, 866-LEFT-OUT is a special line for people who are homeless, formerly homeless or concerned that they are about to be homeless. Go to homelessnessmarathon.org for more information.
WEFT is a listener-supported radio station, operating since 1981, and is currently in its fall membership drive. For more information, go to weft.org.