On Feb. 27 at 8 a.m., WHJE will host the second annual Rileython. WHJE first started Rileython last year in an effort to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. In this broadcast, there will be live shows as well as interviews with Riley patients.
Jessica “Jess” Cooper, WHJE events manager and senior, organized this event last year. Cooper wrote that Rileython has a significant impact on kids at Riley Children’s Hospital.
“Rileython contributed to the total of (Carmel) Dance Marathon. (This was through) funding (for) research, supplies, and gifts for patients. I was a Riley kid and funds from Dance Marathon were a huge reason why Riley made me feel safe.”
Cooper also said some changes have been made from last year’s Rileython due to COVID-19.
“COVID-19 has definitely made us be more creative this year. We are not having in person interviews with Riley families, but they will be done over zoom. As well as this, Rileython won’t be on the same day as Dance Marathon this year, but (we) hope to continue to raise money and awareness for the cause.”
Cooper said, in spite of the modifications made due to COVID-19, people can still participate in this event by donating at this link and listening live on Feb. 27.
James said he agreed and also said being a part of WHJE allows staff members to explore their passions.
“I think that for students who take part in the radio program, they get the opportunity to really develop their interests, whether or not they are sports broadcasts or whether they are people who love music and love doing music shows,” James said. “It allows people to really develop their passions to explore them in ways that they can’t normally do for people in other schools.”