All major American TV networks show charity concert for Katrina victims
Saturday, September 10, 2005
On Friday, all six major American television networks; ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, WB, and UPN, along with most PBS stations, united in a rare show of solidarity to air a one hour charity concert called Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast.
The concert aired live at 8pm in the Eastern time zone and 7pm in the Central time zone and on tape-delay in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. It was also shown on the Internet and many cable networks such as USA, Bravo and G4.
The show was produced by Joel Gallen, the same man behind the September 11th tribute concert America: A Tribute to Heroes. The show was not censored for political statements but was for obscenities. Gallen did not expect any political statements. Last week, rapper Kayne West made a remark on an NBC charity show A Concert for Hurricane Relief, in which West claimed that "George Bush doesn't care about black people.", which caused controversy.
The concert began with Randy Newman singing "Louisana 1927." Throughout the concert there were notable acts, such U2 performing "One" with Mary. J Blige. Another moment was Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and the house band from The Late Show with David Letterman doing a cover of John Fogerty's "Who'll Stop The Rain".
Donations were being solicited for the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Telecom company AT&T provided toll-free calling and 10 call centers for the event and MCI provided volunteers from their call centers.
BET also held a charity concert called S.O.S (Saving OurSelves), a half-hour before cutting to the main one.
MTV, MTV Overdrive, VH1 and CMT will air a charity show Saturday called ReAct Now: Music & Relief.
- Associated Press. "Stars become ‘One’ for hurricane victims" — MSNBC, September 9, 2005
- "Networks Uniting For Katrina Aid" — CBS News, September 8, 2005
- AT&T. "AT&T Supports Fund-Raising 'Shelter From The Storm' Concert With Toll-Free Calling, Call Centers And Employee Volunteers" — PR Newswire, September 9, 2005
- MCI. "MCI to Support Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast" — PR Newswire, September 9, 2005
- Matea Gold and Chris Lee. "Kibosh on telethon artist comments?" — Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2005 (requires free registration to view)