They did not set a record for the number of hours they stayed on the air.
A disk jockey in Italy did that.
But Larry Morgan and Sheri Donovan weren’t trying for the Guinness Book of Records when they stayed on the air at KWSD 100.3 FM “The Sound” for 28 straight hours.
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They were trying to call attention to the plight of two local Children’s Hospitals: one on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
They began their marathon Thursday at 10 a.m. and wrapped things up at 2 p.m. Friday.
In between, they sandwiched interviews with children and adults who have benefited from the two world-class pediatric hospitals and they played what they called ten great songs from one great year.
"We've been so moved and touched by the stories," Larry Morgan said, as the marathon entered its 22nd hour. "To complain about being tired and up all night is ridiculous."
Admissions at the two hospitals have more than doubled in the past 15 years.
A note on the radio station’s website claimed the hospitals are straining to pay for needed improvements and provide more than $130 million in uncompensated care to children with no insurance or who are underinsured each year.
"You think you take your kids to the hospital and the insurance pays for it. It’s not like that," said Sheri Donovan.
One of the people who appeared on the Larry and Sheri Show, Andrea Idorio, told how she was treated after she suffered a stroke when she was just four years old.
"I lost the ability to walk, talk and even swallow," said the 19-year-old Idorio.
Now, she said she is devoting herself to getting the message out that the hospitals need help.
Kris Torres, whose son has a non-functioning pancreas, agreed.
"The impact they are making for thousands of children in Southern California is amazing," she said. "Thank you."
This was the first fundraiser ever on 100.3 The Sound.
The station manager said it wasn’t for the station – it was for the kids.