Radio Lollipop at Miami Children's Hospital, a National First, Turns 11 Years Old

Published on: 08/03/2007
On August, 9, Radio Lollipop at Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) hosted its eleventh annual birthday bash with an American Idol-style talent show. Hospital patients and staff got on stage and showed off their talent for applause and prizes.
 
Musical guest DJ Laz from WPOW Power 96 FM was on-hand and served as the birthday’s emcee. A day before the party DJ Laz hosted a twelve-hour radiothon on Power 96 for Radio Lollipop and the patients of Miami Children's. With the help from the South Florida community, DJ Laz raised $45,000 and $20,000 in toy donations.
 
Devin Alvarez, 10, takes the stage and sings a song from “High School Musical.”
Photos: 1. DJ Laz introduces the next contestant, Alexandra Taramona, 5 years old. 2. Devin Alvarez, 10, takes the stage and sings a song from “High School Musical.”

Radio Lollipop offers a fun dose of diversion for the children at MCH. During program hours patients can visit the studio, help Radio Lollipop presenters DJ the show, work on creative activities, win on-air prizes, and request songs. Radio Lollipop at MCH broadcasts live from the main playroom studio every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
 
About Radio Lollipop
Founded in England in 1979, today Radio Lollipop boasts a worldwide audience. This international, non-profit organization’s mission is to provide, care, comfort, play and entertainment for children in the hospital.
About Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with nearly 800 attending physicians and more than 475 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children's Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.

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