We routinely show the world how magnanimous we can be when it comes to the poor in Africa and the tsunami-ravaged in Southeast Asia. Now it's time to show them how we take care of our own. As a famous Ghostbuster once said, "Let's show them how we do it downtown!"
NBC U Slates Katrina Benefit
By Jim Benson -- Broadcasting & Cable
The NBC Universal Television Group, which has been active in raising money during previous national disasters, has scheduled a live benefit special, A Concert For Hurricane Relief, in high-definition on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC at 8 p.m. Friday.
The hour music- and celebrity-driven broadcast will air live on the East Coast, tape
delayed on the West.
The telethon, hosted by NBC's Matt Lauer, will be broadcast entirely from 30 Rock.
The special will feature performances by artists with ties to the affected areas, including Tim McGraw, Harry Connick, Jr., and Wynton Marsalis, and feature an appearance by Leonardo DiCaprio, among others.
All viewers will be encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in support of hurricane relief through its website and donation hotline (www.redcross.org or 1-800-HELP NOW). (link)
The American Red Cross needs cash.