Teen Radio Host Raises $30K by Selling On-Air Requests

A high school radio host has raised $30,000 for frontline workers by selling requests. Orlando resident Dylan Carollo, 17, started D100 Radio when he was only 11 years old. He says when the coronavirus pandemic began, he started thinking of a way to raise money to help fund frontline workers. “We saw all these fundraisers going on and we saw all these frontline workers just struggling across these major hotspots around America,” Carollo says. “And we said, ‘There has to be a way that we can get our listeners to make it interactive, make it fun for them while benefiting these locations around the country.'”

Ultimately, they came up with a plan to sell on-air requests, charging listeners $5 to play any song they wanted to hear. Clearly, the promotion was a success. “We have worked with each of the representative organizations to focus the donation so that donors could select direct funding to frontline workers, vaccine development or other COVID-19 needs,” Carollo says.

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