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The Homelessness Marathon

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The 19th Annual Homelessness Marathon will be a four-hour broadcast, airing from 7-11 p.m., EST, on the evening of January 19th - the eve of the inauguration! As always, the Marathon will feature the voices of desperately poor and homeless people. This year, we'll be asking them one question above all: What would you like to tell the incoming president?" According to Homelessness Marathon director, Jeremy Weir Alderson, "This isn’t just about Donald Trump.

We've been doing this since Bill Clinton was in office." In 1998, Alderson founded the broadcast in upstate New York, thinking it would be a one-time event, but the broadcast drew such a positive response that he kept it going, and it grew to have dozens of affiliates across the United States and a daughter broadcast, the Canadian Homelessness Marathon, airing on stations across Canada.

The 19th Annual Homelessness Marathon will be based in the studios of WMPG, community radio in Portland, Maine, where there will be in-studio guests both housed and homeless. But it is the hallmark of the Homelessness Marathon to air voices directly from the streets. This year a network of correspondents, offering microphones to homeless people across the country, will facilitate that mission.

The broadcast will be available free of charge to non-commercial radio stations across the country via the Public Radio Satellite System and the Pacifica Network.


For immediate release:
Contact: Jeremy Alderson, 607-546-2084


The Homelessness Marathon will once again bring the voices of homeless people into America's homes. "I wish we could get their bodies inside too," comments Jeremy Weir Alderson, the broadcast's founder, "but we're doing the best thing we can, by showing America why this problem should be, can be and must be solved."

The broadcast, which has previously originated from Detroit, Kansas City, and Katrina-ravaged Mississippi, among other places, features live in-depth discussions with homeless people. The broadcast also takes calls, so people living in their homes can talk with people living on the streets. It will originate from in front of the First Baptist Church of Brattleboro, at 190 Main St. The First Baptist Church provides the space for Brattleboro's overflow shelter, operated by the Brattleboro Drop-In Center. A few years ago, the church sold its prize possession - a Tiffany stained glass window – so that it could continue its mission, including its service to the poor.

The 16th Annual Homelessness Marathon will start at 7 p.m., EST. Wednesday, February 19th and will run for six hours until 1:00 a.m. Its audio signal will be available for free to all radio stations over the Public Radio Satellite System, the Pacifica Ku-band and Pacifica's Audioport.

We wish to thank both our hosts on the ground -- the Brattleboro First Baptist Church and The Brattleboro Drop-In center – as well as our hosts on the air. We would not be in Brattleboro at all were it not for our longtime Brattleboro affiliate, community radio station, WVEW-LP, 107.7 FM. And it is thanks to the folks at Brattleboro Community Television (BCTV) and a host of volunteers that the 16th Annual Homelessness Marathon will also be televised.

The locally-produced video from Brattleboro will air nationally on Free Speech Television (FSTV). Starting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19th, all six hours of the Homelessness Marathon will be on FSTV's website, Starting at 8 pm, the last five hours will also be on FSTV's two satellite channels, channel 9415 on the Dish Network and channel 348 on DirecTV (and also on BCTV's channel 8).

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