September 2, 2009
PHILADELPHIA – MyPHL17 is set to air the 2009 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. The telethon, starring MDA national chairman and number-one volunteer Jerry Lewis, will air on myphl17 beginning Sunday night, September 6th at 10:30pm and will continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 7th, to 6:30pm. Locally, myphl17 Director of Community Relations Steve Highsmith, will emcee the tri state area coverage of the telethon along with Lori Wilson, Denise Nakano and Tim Furlong of myphl17 News at Ten Powered by NBC10. Families assisted by Philadelphia based MDA organizations will also be highlighted throughout the broadcast. Some of those to be featured are: the Hilferty Family of Philadelphia/DE, Alexa Dectis, Brandon Harris and family, Lance Pierce and family, Shelby Van Vliet and family and Austin Whitmoyer and family all from Allentown, PA.
The MDA Telethon is a non-stop variety show with round-the-clock entertainment by stars from Hollywood to Broadway and performances by international recording artists. Artists slated to appear include Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Tony Orlando, Charo, Wynonna, Train, Bo Bice, Terry Fator, comedian George Wallace and more.
Co-hosting the show with Lewis will be television's Jann Carl, Nancy O'Dell, Ace Young, Allison Sweeney, and Tom Bergeron.
The telethon will also feature many local check presentations from major corporations and community groups such as the International Association of Firefighters ( IAFF) Local #22, ACME & Acosta Supermarkets, Harley Davidson, Genuardis, Lowe's, NuStar and more.
The 2009 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon hopes to exceed its 2008 total of $65 million to support MDA programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.
The telethon is in its 44th year and this is its sixteenth consecutive year on WPHL/myphl17. For more information on the MDA, visit www.mda.org. For photography or interviews, please contact Sabrina Andrews at myphl17 at 215.883.3334.
About Tribune Broadcasting
MyPHL17 serves as the Philadelphia affiliate of MyNetworkTV and is wholly owned by Tribune Company.
TRIBUNE is America's largest employee-owned media company, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. In publishing, Tribune's leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun-Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Morning Call and Daily Press. The Company's broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable, Chicago's WGN-AM and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune's print and broadcast properties and extend the Company's nationwide audience. At Tribune we take what we do seriously and with a great deal of pride. We also value the creative spirit and are nurturing a corporate culture that doesn't take itself too seriously.