Power goes, pledges go on


Despite beautiful weather and a power failure that interrupted the broadcast, the 1995 WMAR-TV "Children's Miracle Network Telethon" last weekend raised a record $2.1 million for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

Pledges telephoned to Channel 2 during the 21-hour telecast, part of the national "Children's Miracle Network Telethon," totaled $2,112,427, the station said yesterday -- exceeding the 1994 total of just over $2 million.

The total included $305,000 raised during a 106-hour radiothon by morning disc jockeys Jo-Jo and Kenny of radio station WWMX-FM (MIX 106.5).

Harry Kakel, executive producer of the 12th annual telethon, said viewers continued to phone in pledges even when sound and picture transmissions were interrupted about 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

He said station equipment shut down after a power surge resulting from a problem in the Govans substation of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

Sound transmission came back in about 10 minutes, and pictures resumed within 25 minutes, he said.

"The people in this town are just amazing," said Mr. Kakel, noting he had feared the pleasant weekend weather would mean fewer viewers would respond to the telethon.

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