WMGK’s DeBella to Host Philly Area’s Largest Canine Event

April 22, 2014  
Filed under News and Events

On Sunday, May 4 from 11am to 3pm, at picturesque Green Lane Park (2144 Snyder Rd Green Lane, PA 18054) in Montgomery County, 102.9 WMGK-FM morning man, John DeBella (weekdays 6a-9a) will host the 12th Annual DeBella Dog Walk, the largest canine carnival in the area.  Over 7,000 people attended last year’s event; an even bigger turnout is expected this year.

The Dog Walk is a FREE, outdoor gathering for people and their dogs that features entertaining dog demos & interactive games, the ability to get advice from experts such as trainers and veterinarians as well as the opportunity to learn about various breeds from the twenty five to thirty shelters & rescue groups on-site.  Throughout the event, people can get information that will help them become better pet owners while enjoying a super-sized playdate with their four-legged best friend.

The day’s dog demonstrations will feature a variety of talented canines including frisbee dogs, ‘dancing’ dogs, and a member of the Abington Police Department’s K9 unit. Dogs can take part in games such as lure coursing, musical hoops (musical chairs for dogs) and doggie tic-tac-toe to win treats.  Both dogs and owners can win prizes in the ‘longest kiss between owner and dog contest’ as well as the ‘Simon Says’ contest.  Photo opportunities abound as owners can take their pooch’s photo inside the “Dogs Playing Poker” painting and the Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album cover (George Harrison will be holding a dog leash).  One dog will be even be crowned ‘Mayor of Dogville’ as a result of an online photo submission contest that John DeBella is conducting.  There will also be a food vendor and two caricature artists on-site.  More information on the event can be found at the station’s website, wmgk.com

John DeBella has dedicated himself to the welfare of animals throughout his over thirty years on-air in Philadelphia.  He hosted the DeBella’s Dogs segment on NBC’s 10! Show for years.  In 2008, he was honored with an award at the Morris Animal Refuge’s 11th Annual Fur Ball Fundraiser.

Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger

April 20, 2014  
Filed under Community Involvement

Camp Out

Preston & Steve broadcast central


Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger entered its 16th year in 2013, and in typical P&S fashion, the event was reinvented and more successful than ever. In this attempt to raise the bar, WMMR-FM partnered with Xfinity Live! Philadelphia, a new entertainment destination in the Sports Complex in South Philly, to host the event, with the goal of increasing the amount of food collected to benefit Philabundance in just five days, December 2 through 6.

Camp Out Volunteers

Volunteers help load food.

WMMR-FM was able to pick up the Camp Out set-up, move it to the Sports Complex parking lot, rearrange some of the infrastructure, but keeping the overall vibe of the event. The tent size was increased to a whopping 50 x 80 feet, complete with lights, sounds and video monitors for fans to watch the show each morning.

The event started out slow, but finished strong, with droves of listeners coming out each day to donate food, bag by bag and truck by truck, resulting in record-setting amounts of food and money collected—in total, 772,461 pounds of food and more than $241,000. That’s 386 tons of food loaded onto 37 tractor-trailers and taken to the Philabundance warehouse to feed those in need. It shows the true power of a community coming together for the greater good of those less fortunate.

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