Radio Lollipop

Radio Lollipop

What is Radio Lollipop?

Radio Lollipop is a fully-equipped, interactive radio station based within Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Located next to the third floor playroom, the upbeat radio station is dedicated to providing children and families with entertainment and tons of fun. With the help of sponsors and volunteers, patients can enjoy visiting the studio or tuning in to the live radio show to participate in on-air games and educational activities.

Radio Lollipop was founded in England in 1979 with the goal of providing care, comfort, play and entertainment for children in hospitals. The international organization is now in over 26 hospitals and reaches over a quarter million children each year.

What We Do

  • Tuning in to Tune Out. Music is powerful—so are children’s imaginations. Combining the two, patients can get a break from the stress of a hospital stay and take an imaginary ticket to paradise…or the moon…or the top of a castle.
  • Intended Interruption. No one likes to be hospitalized. The experience can be especially worrisome for kids. RL distracts patients from procedures that help them heal but may not feel that way.
  • Shot Callers. Radio Lollipop gives patients a voice and a choice. They have fun doing the activities they choose, playing the games they want to, and singing, dancing and acting silly—when they want to.
  • Outrageous Results. Radio Lollipop’s success is evident in the patients’ smiling faces. But smiles can be hard to quantify. Research and data, on the other hand, do just that. For instance, just one year after introducing Radio Lollipop, Mater Children’s Hospital reported saving over $400,000 in unadministered drugs.
 

Postgraduate research reported an 82% reduction in requests for pain-killing drugs after Radio Lollipop involvement.
-Princess Margaret Hospital

 

How do I become a Radio Lollipop Volunteer?

Ideal volunteer candidates are those who are 18 years or older and enjoy working with children. A thorough training is provided so volunteers can achieve Radio Lollipop’s mission of providing care, comfort, play and entertainment for sick children in hospitals.

 

Donate to Radio Lollipop

Radio Lollipop’s day-to-day operations would not be possible without charitable donations made by fans and friends. Keeping the station up-to-date while providing musical equipment, art supplies, and over 150 toys each week can be costly. That’s where donors’ generosity comes in.
Individuals and companies can contribute by making regular or one-time donations at give.nicklauschildrens.org/radiolollipop. All donations are tax deductible. Radio Lollipop is a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate sponsorship has proven to be a successful partnership for Radio Lollipop and its sponsors. Locally and overseas, Radio Lollipop is sponsored by organizations including Gables Engineering, Dolphin Mall, Stage 305 at Magic City Casino and the Alma Jennings Foundation. If you belong to a group or service club and would like to help put a smile on a patient’s face, we can help with finding a sponsorship package that is right for you:

Sponsorship Levels

ROCKSTAR LEVEL: $5,000 Donation
  • One week of in-studio visits for four individuals each night.
  • Full week of live on air and on screen recognition.
  • Visits highlighted on social media and enewsletter.
  • Patient thank you activity.
  • “I am a Radio Lollipop supporter” gift item.
POPSTAR LEVEL: $1,000 Donation
  • One in-studio visit for up to four individuals.
  • Live on-air and on-screen recognition day of visit.
  • Visit highlighted on social media and enewsletter.
  • “I am a Radio Lollipop supporter” gift item.
ENTOURAGE LEVEL: $500 Donation
  • One in-studio visit for up to four individuals.
  • Live on-air recognition day of visit.
  • “I am a Radio Lollipop supporter” gift item.
PAPARAZZI LEVEL: $250 Donation
  • One in-studio visit for up to four individuals.
  • Live on-air recognition day of visit.


Community Groups

If you belong to a group or service club and would be interested in learning more about Radio Lollipop at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, please contact us. We would be happy to make a presentation and answer your questions at one of your meetings. 

Contact Radio Lollipop
305-662-8225

Upcoming Radio Lollipop Events

Related Press Releases

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Radio Lollipop Hosts 11th Annual "IMPROV Comedy Night"

Radio Lollipop, Nicklaus Children's Hospital’s in-house radio station, will host a night of fun and laughter at its annual ‘IMPROV Comedy Night’ fundraiser. Proceeds to benefit Radio Lollipop program for hospitalized patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
 

04/12/2018

Radio Lollipop Hosts 10th Annual 'Improv Comedy Night'

Radio Lollipop, Nicklaus Children's Hospital’s in-house radio station, will host a night of fun and laughter at its annual ‘IMPROV Comedy Night’ fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the Radio Lollipop program for hospitalized patients at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

09/22/2016

Radio Lollipop Hosts “Candy Lolli-Land” Themed Celebration for Patients and Their Families

Radio Lollipop Celebrates 19th Birthday at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

05/08/2015

Miami Children's Hospital's Radio Lollipop Hosts 9th Annual 'IMPROV Comedy Night'

Radio Lollipop, Miami Children's Hospital’s in-house radio station, will host a night of fun and laughter at its annual ‘IMPROV Comedy Night’ fundraiser. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event benefit Radio Lollipop, which is committed to bringing joy, laughter, play and entertainment to hospitalized children.

03/03/2015

Miami Children’s Radio Lollipop Program Undergoes Digital Renovation

Miami Children’s Hospital’s in-house radio station, has undergone a complete digital renovation to provide patients with state-of-the-art, child-friendly interactive entertainment. 

04/04/2014

Miami Children’s Hospital’s Radio Lollipop Hosts 8th Annual ‘A Night at The Improv’

Radio Lollipop, Miami Children's Hospital’s (MCH) in-house radio station, will host a night filled with fun and laughter at its annual ‘A Night at the Improv.’ Local comedians Dean Napolitano, Jon Vargas and Orlando Leyba will donate their time to bring smiles to attendees.

05/02/2013

Alberto Sardinas joins Radio Lollipop USA Board of Directors

Radio and television personality Alberto Sardiñas has been named a new director on the USA Board for Radio Lollipop. Sardiñas will serve as a celebrity guest at Radio Lollipop’s sixteenth birthday party celebration at Miami Children’s Hospital.

08/10/2012

Comedy Show to Benefit Radio Lollipop

Local comedians will present a special night full of laughter at the fifth annual “Night at the Improv” to benefit Radio Lollipop at Miami Children's Hospital, it will feature local comedians John Vargas and Nathaniel Stoud, host David Berry, and headliner Jamal Hatter.

05/07/2010

Celebrities, Patients and Volunteers Celebrate Radio Lollipop's 13th Birthday

The hospital threw a big bash to celebrate the program’s birthday with special guests and snacks.

08/13/2009

Local Radio Station Raises Money for In-house Radio Station

Power 96 and morning talk show host DJ Laz raised over $160,000 this year during their 36-hour Radiothon benefiting Miami Children’s Hospital’s Radio Lollipop program.

08/12/2009

Power 96 Presents the 3rd Annual Radio Lollipop Radiothon to Benefit Miami Children’s Hospital

Morning Show Host DJ Laz on air 36 hours culminating in live remote from Hialeah Gardens Walmart, Wednesday, August 12, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

07/29/2009

DJ Laz Visits Radio Lollipop

DJ Laz of the Power 96 Morning Show visited the Miami Children’s Hospital) Radio Lollipop studio, bringing toys and prizes for program participants.

06/28/2007