Frye: Anything that we do—especially charities that we are involved with—we like to be involved with things that say within the Dayton area. Obviously Dayton Children's is our big one. When we do Radiothon and things throughout the year to raise money—all of that money stays right here [in the community]. I know Nancy is on the board for SICSA and that is something that is directly involved with our community. I think when we do things, especially when we have the opportunity to be a part of something that doesn't leave our area, and stays within, that's super important to us.
2.) THEY KNOW WHERE THIER EFFORTS ARE GOING
Nancy: We've done Radiothon for 18 years and listeners have raised over 3 million dollars to buy new transport units, finish off units in the hospital, and buy vein viewers and giraffe beds—stuff that they may not have realized the hospital needed, but that's where the money went. We always like to say that it doesn't go for CEO vacations and it doesn't go for trips or bonuses. It goes for life-saving equipment.
3.) K99 CARES ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF DAYTON
Frye: Radiothon is something that we do throughout the year. [It's] the week before Thanksgiving, and it's three days where we are on the air from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. We do the broadcast from the lobby at the hospital. It's great because a lot of the kids that have been through that hospital come back and it's kind of like a reunion—they all come back to be a big part of this. They come back to tell their stories and explain why Dayton Children's Hospital is so important to them and why the money that we are raising and giving back to the hospital is so important. It's neat because we get to go in a lot of the times and see the equipment that was bought. When we say we're buying something – it's truly what it's going for. We got to go see a brand new stretcher delivered. To see something that you actually bought or that you helped be a part of—hopefully you never need it, like we always say—but if it's there, then it's right here in our community.
Nancy: Another really cool thing about Radiothon, is because we've been doing it so long and it's affiliated with Children's Miracle Network, a lot of country music artists are lined up at St. Judes—which is another great place, but there is one hospital. Dayton Children's is here, and like Frye was talking about, people love the fact that the money goes right back into that hospital. We'll reach out to the artists and say, "hey, can you help us out with that?' Luke Bryan gave us a trip. Kenny Chesney said, "okay, here's a fly away to whoever donates 7500 dollars." They get to go and fly to see Kenny in concert. It's exciting that the artists get so involved with it. Every year we've got artists who want to come to the hospital to play for the kids.
4.) K99 SERVES MULTIPLE ORGANIZATIONS
Wilson: I've been on the women's board for Dayton Children's for five years now, so that is something else that I do with the hospital. Fry mentioned SICSA, which is the society for the improvement of living conditions for stray animals. I've been on the board for that and I also serve as a volunteer, and Frye every year is the emcee for the Lift Your Leg Run and Walk.
Frye: It's a walk and run they do every year and they are doing some sort of special bartending night where whoever can get involved with it is going to raise money for SICSA as well. The Walk and Run is always fun, because usually it's myself and Gabby from WHIO News Center 7. We go out and she brings her dogs—it's a great event. [It] has grown exponentially. Every year they move it to a bigger location. We're doing at the Centerville High School just because it is so big.
Wilson: Then along with SICSA in the fall, I am the emcee for the Cat's Meow, which is like a gala fundraiser kind of thing. In addition to those things that we're involved in, we also support other charities.
Frye: URS, JDURF, Alzheimer's…
Wilson: Choices in Community Living, Developmental Disabilities, [and] Agape for Youth, which is a foster care agency.
Frye: And a lot of times we do walks like JDRF and Alzheimer's, and we go out and we will host those and be a part of it. I think just between the both of us, it is amazing the amount of reach you have just with the amount of events you get to be a part of.
5.) K99 SERVES THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT, NOT REQUIRED
Do you think you'd be doing this work if you didn't work with K.99?
Wilson: It is really important for both of us. We're big believers in that because without reaching out to the community, without being involved in things that go on, listeners can't really get a taste of who you are. When we do these kinds of things, we don't ever get paid for them.
Wilson: I always say when I walk into a room in a Dayton Children's Hospital, I walk out of it a better person. Because as Frye mentioned earlier, you can see the kids that were once patients there. Some of them have come back and some of them work there, or it shaped their futures based on their experiences as a patient at Dayton Children's. You learn a lot about resilience, about bravery and courage, and about what it really means to be someone who cares just by doing something as simple as that. It makes you humble, but at the same time it also makes you honored to be a voice for people who sometimes can't.