The Homelessness Marathon happened Sunday October 21, 2012
LISTEN TO THE 2012 HOMELESSNESS MARATHONHour One- Counting the Homeless- Click here to listen
Hour Two- The Changing Face of Homelessness- Click here to listen
Hour Three- Shelters, Stipulations and Freezing to Death- Click here to listen
Hour Four- Homeless Youth: Kids and Teens on the Streets- Click here to listen
Hour Five- When You are Forced to Leave Home- Click here to listen
Hour Six- The Myth of the Cardboard Box- Click here to listen
Hour Seven- Homeless Families in a Homeless Camp- Click here to listen
Hour Eight- Vice -Presidential Forum- Click here to listen
Watch this page for technical updates.
To subscribe to the Homelessness Marathon on Content Depot, enter the term "Homelessness" in the Content Depot search engine, and you will find the 15th Annual Homelessness Marathon's page.
The Homelessness Marathon will be transmitted in a single 8-hour transmission. Some longer Content Depot broadcasts must be subscribed to hour-by-hour, but the PRSS thought that making such divisions would be too cumbersome for a broadcast of this length (the Homelessness Marathon is the longest broadcast on the PRSS). Limitations on hours of signal acquisition must be set directly on your station's port.
All stations wanting to hook up to our stream can use the following:
Stations can Click Here (128kbps)
The direct link for stations is
If you are an individual listener, please DO NOT use the audioport streams. Our broadcast for individual listeners is the streaming video on the front page and audio stream here:
Click here to listen .
If you're listening on an iPhones you should
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The first hour of the Marathon comes in cleanly at the top of the 10 a.m., EST, hour, with no billboarding or pre-recorded segment. After that, the clock runs:
59:00 - 59:29 - end-of-hour announcements
59:30 - 59:59 - music bed for station IDs
00:00 - 00:59 - beginning-of-hour welcome, billboarding
01:00 - 58:59 - live segment
Note: We haven't always hit these marks perfectly.
FAQ's ABOUT THE HOMELESSNESS MARATHON
Q: When is the next marathon?
A: The next Marathon will run from 10am, EST, on Sunday, October 21, 2012 to 6pm, EST.
Q: How can my station acquire the marathon's signal?
A: The marathon is distributed via two satellite channels (Ku-band and NPR C-band) and a state-of-the-art web cast. Coordinates and other details will be posted on the marathon's web site (www.homelessnessmarathon.org) and will also be circulated in technical bulletins sent to affiliates.
Q: Does my station have to broadcast all 8 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
- Produce five-minute pre-recorded pieces on selected topics. We need 13 such pre-records to cover our breaks during the broadcast. If you're interested, contact us (at email@example.com), to discuss possible topics.
- Send us a ten or fifteen minute live feed. We're planning to cut away to remote locations throughout the broadcast. A live feed can consist of a "speak-out" from a listening room, conversations with a local subgroup of the homeless population or coverage of a homelessness-related story that can be handled live.
- Accompany the marathon with local programming. We encourage stations to build their own programming around the marathon, if possible. This can be done either before or after taking 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.