WSMV-TV Channel 4 is thanking the Nashville music industry for all of its support of WSMV’s telethon for flood relief, as well as the many viewers who called in pledges proving again the true spirit of Music City and all around the country. The telethon was streamed live via the internet and pledges came in from Canada, New York, Michigan, Sacramento and Key West among others.
“Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to the singers, songwriters, musicians and technicians of Nashville for their instant response to the call to help our friends and neighbors in their time of need,” said Elden Hale, Senior Vice President and General Manager of WSMV-TV Channel 4. “We would also like to thank the thousands of people who called into the telethon to make a donation. We sincerely thank everyone for their generosity.”
The telethon, Vince Gill and Friends, officially raised more than 1.7 million dollars for Nashville and Middle Tennessee flood Relief. That number will undoubtedly more than double when the checks and online donations that are still coming in are finally received. WSMV has a long and rich history with the Nashville music community, with roots springing from the creation of the Grand Ole Opry and Dolly and Porter’s programs originating from their studios on Knob Hill in Nashville.