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The Homelessness Marathon

America's only national broadcast focusing on
homelessness and poverty

The 21st Homelessness Marathon live broadcast took place on July 24, 2019 from 10 A.M. to midnight, originating at WMBR in Cambridge, Massachusetts. You can listen to the archived broadcast at


How to Get Our Program:

To acquire our signal during the live broadcast:

To retrieve hours of the broadcast after it airs, the archive is at:

The toll-free call-in number for the broadcast is:
877-NOBODY-8 (or 877-662-6398)


The first hour of the Marathon comes in cleanly at the top of the hour, with no billboarding or pre-recorded segment. After that, the clock runs:

00:00-00:59 - Billboarding
01:00-05:59 - Pre-recorded feature
06:00-58:59 - live segment(s)
59:00-59:14 - end of hour announcements
59:15-59:59 - music bed for station IDs

FAQ's About the Homelessness Marathon

Q: When is the next Marathon?
A: The next Marathon will run from 10 am to midnight, Eastern Daylight Time, on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.
Q: What is the format of the program?
A: Each hour focuses on a different aspect of homelessness, with guest experts and phone calls from listeners. Some hours take place in a radio studio, and others take place at remote locations where homeless people congregate.

Q: Does my station have to broadcast all 14 hours of the marathon?
A: No. We're grateful for any time you can give us.

Q: Does the marathon raise funds for homeless people?
A: No, the marathon is a consciousness-raising, not a fund-raising broadcast. There are no on-air solicitations. While we certainly encourage "haves" to give generously to "have- nots," we believe that solving the problem of homelessness requires not just volunteerism but also fundamental changes in the way our nation's priorities are structured. The whole mission of the marathon is to ignite a national dialog about what these changes should be. We don't want to muddy our focus by pleading for funds. The marathon also does not carry any corporate underwriting.

Q: If our station wants to do more than just air the marathon, what can we do?
A: You can:
  • Contact local shelters, homeless papers, outreach organizations and activist groups to let them know about the broadcast and see if they want to set up "listening rooms," where homeless people can gather to participate in the broadcast. We also encourage listening-room sponsors to invite politicians and the press to hear the broadcast directly in the company of homeless people
  • Accompany the marathon with local programming. We encourage stations to build their own programming around the marathon, if possible. Some examples include: a live feed consisting of a "speak-out" from a listening room; conversations with a local subgroup of the homeless population; or coverage of a homelessness-related story, either live or pre-recorded.
    Local programming can be done either before or after the national feed. Or, stations can cut away from the main broadcast while it's in progress. This can be done during the windows for the pre-recorded pieces and live-feeds, so that it is possible to enter and exit the national marathon cleanly at the beginning and ends of segments.