Statewide radio network raising money for Columbia Strong

(The following is a press release from SuperTalk Mississippi.)

Columbia, Mississippi, April 14, 2015 – Tune in Tuesday, April 14 to the Columbia Strong Radiothon on SuperTalk Mississippi from 6am-6pm. On December 23, 2014 Gov. Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency for Marion and Jones counties, along with other parts of the state affected by severe weather.

This is the deadliest December tornado event in Mississippi since the Vicksburg tornado on Dec. 5, 1952. “We all need to come together to help victims of this deadly tornado,” said Jerron Carney, pastor of Woodlawn Church. “Survivors reported that the tornado was upon them in a flash. Families scrambled for closets, bathtubs, under mattresses and tables, anywhere close that offered some semblance of safety. Within minutes, property, landscapes and vehicles were destroyed, and sadly four lives were lost; two in Marion County and two in Jones County.”

The 12-hour radiothon will broadcast live from First Southern Bank in Columbia, Miss. All three major talk shows, The Gallo Radio Show, The JT Show and Head to Head with Matt Wyatt and Richard Cross will be informing you of the urgent situation for the people of Columbia.

The state of Mississippi is invited to tune into SuperTalk Mississippi on Tuesday, April 14 to hear from victims of the tornado and their accounts of what happened, volunteers who have put countless hours into rebuilding the city, and stories of hope from homes slowly being rebuilt.

“It is a tremendous honor to be able to use the statewide reach of SuperTalk Mississippi to raise funds and awareness to the people of Columbia who have been without a home for months now.  Columbia Strong's mission is clear, they want to help their community and rebuild their city. And without any government funding coming in, we need the people of Mississippi help to get this job done. It is just what Mississippians do, we help our neighbors when they are down,” said Will East, Program Director for SuperTalk Mississippi.

During the radiothon, listeners will be encouraged to call in and help the people of Columbia with donations. Money raised from the radiothon will go directly to Columbia Strong, a partner with Pinebelt Community Foundation to build better communities through philanthropy.

The number for donations during the radiothon is (601) 803-2667, or listeners can donate online by visiting