Here in Special Olympics Illinois Area 9, you can’t turn on your radio without listening to one of the three amazing stations broadcasted by the Cromwell Radio Group of Mattoon. Whether you enjoy Country Music on 101.3 WMCI, Classic Rock on 92.1 The Axe, or Today’s Greatest Pop/Dance hits with your awesome DJ’s on 104.3 The Party, you are tuned in to the amazing news stories, local sports, community events, and great prize giveaways that the Cromwell Radio Group provides non-stop, twenty-four hours a day. And yet, that is not all they do. As a matter of fact, the Cromwell Radio Group, it’s employees and affiliates, strive to get involved in volunteering and supporting charitable events and needs, as one of the Area’s best community partners. In this way, Cromwell Radio Group has sponsored and championed for Special Olympics Illinois Area 9, and it was an honor to announce that this company has won the 2016 Special Olympics Illinois Statewide Outstanding Media Sponsor.
The Special Olympics Illinois Outstanding Media Award recognizes an individual or organization that has helped communicate and/or promote Special Olympics Illinois and the achievements of its athletes, coaches and volunteers through news features, social media and/or other presentations. It also looks for media who take the extra step to raise funds to support the program. The award is presented each year to the Outstanding Media winner at the State Summer Games Awards Reception at the Red Bird Arena. This year, the reception will be held on Friday, June 10th, and several of the Cromwell Radio Group radio personalities will be in attendance to accept this award.
Cromwell Radio Group has been supporting Special Olympics Illinois Area 9 athletes for more than a decade for several Special Olympics events throughout the year. For instance, radio hosts of the 101.3 Yawn Patrol, Bub McCullough and Renee Fonner, have been the co-MC’s of the Special Olympics Family Festival hosted by Consolidated Communications, Inc. on during the past 10 years, and their presence at SOFF is excitedly anticipated by the S.O. athletes who are great fans of Bub and Renee. Similarly, 104.3 The Party DJ’s, like Kallie Middleton, have volunteered yearly to act as the Master of Ceremonies at the Polar Plunge at Lake Sara in Effingham and the Post-Plunge Party. In addition, to being the MC’s for the Plunge event, 104.3 The Party has had a team of plungers participate in the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Area 9 athletes for the past six years. This year they were able to raise over $5,000 for the cause and fans of the 104.3 Cast are able to view their Polar Plunge video athttp://www.1043theparty.com/2016/03/08/polar-plunge-2016/.
The Cromwell Radio Group has also been consistently supportive and generous at the Lake Sara Dam Run to benefit Special Olympics Area 9 and the annual Taste of Something Special. During these two fundraisers, Cromwell Radio Group has provided remote broadcasting support, radio marketing, and a call to action from the listeners. And of course, all three of the Cromwell’s popular stations provide countless public service announcements about Special Olympics Area 9 competitions they provide throughout the year only helps to raise awareness and spread the positive news about the benefits of Special Olympics Illinois sports. Undoubtedly, the Cromwell Radio Group of Mattoon deserves the recognition of Outstanding Media Support for Special Olympics Illinois and much more, as it truly is a company that cares about its community.
By: Vanessa L. Duncan,
Special Olympics Illinois Area 9 Director