warm the heart & give a little back...ya know, for kids.

I keep no secrets about my day job as producer for Race Taylor on 95.5 WPLJ radio in NYC.  It's a great place to work for several reasons (ie: meeting rockstars, cool coworkers, sometimes there are free cookies, and so on...) but every year Christmas is the ultimate reward, and I'm not referring to the debauchery that is our office holiday party.

For the past 18 years Scott & Todd in the Morning, an institution in NYC morning radio, have held a live broadcast & auction to benefit Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, NY and this year they'll make it 19. I'm proud to say I've been a part of the last 9 and without fail, it puts the holiday season into perspective.

Blythedale Children's Hospital is dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis, care & treatment of children with complex medical & rehabilitative needs. To learn more about the hospital and it's mission, check them out here.

As part of a radio station band, formerly Rudy & The Elf-tones, and recently dubbed "The Snowballs" by Scott & Todd, we have a chance to kick off a morning of entertainment for these children that includes performances from Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Johnny Rzeznik, and Holiday Express (in past years the show has also featured Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, Train & Bon Jovi.) It's heartwarming not only to see the smiles on their faces, but also the generosity that comes from the listeners/celebrities/locals and so on, in support of this amazing hospital.

This year's show will take place Tuesday, December 21st - 6AM to 10AM on 95.5 WPLJ-FM radio.

For those of you out of the listening area, click the "official website" link below to stream the station. (The Snowballs are generally featured in the 6am hour of the show for anyone interested.) If you find yourself in a charitable mood this holiday season and in need of a cause to make such a donation...my hat is in the ring for this one.

To learn more about the items up for auction, or how you can make a donation to the hospital, check out 'PLJs official website.

The giving doesn't stop there...

In addition to the Christmas performance with The Snowballs on Tuesday morning, you can catch a full set of my originals (and maybe a small handful of Christmas songs) 2 days later at Waltz in Astoria, Queens (poster below for your aesthetic pleasure)...a couple of other local acts fill out the lineup:  Billy Conahan opening the night  with a potpourri, yes Potpourri, of his many talents (I urge you to COME EARLY and check this kid out,) local rock band Otis Scowling take the 2nd slot and the acoustic stylings of Yours Truly will close out the evening...

To keep things charitable, Otis Scowling & I have simply agreed to put 100% of our tip bucket earnings from the night towards Blythedale Children's Hospital...YAY CHRISTMAS!

I hope you can tune in to the broadcast on Tuesday morning, and if you're around the tri-state for the Holidays, please stop by Astoria on Thursday Dec. 23rd for a night of drinks & hugs & holiday mugs (like "faces" not like "coffee)...and in the process we can all do a little good for some kids who were dealt a rough hand.

See ya soon!

-M