Ned live at red rocks. (Outtakes).A Christmas tradition for a Little Rock network news affiliate has turned into what could be a lucrative opportunity for local nonprofits.
Allbritton Communications Corp.'s KATV-TV, Channel 7, has finally created a compact disc featuring meteorologist Ned Perme playing traditional Christmas music. The CD, "Songs for the Season: A Collection for Christmas," includes "Christmas Time in Arkansas Again," an original song by Perme with vocals by the late Terry Rose. Perme also is accompanied by the Quapaw Quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
The CDs are available at USA Drug USA Drug is a convenience store and pharmacy chain in the United States that operates more than 160 stores in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee. It was founded in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1986. stores throughout the state and cost $7.77. All proceeds from the sale are split equally between the National Kidney Foundation Not to be confused with American Kidney Fund.
The National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF) is a major voluntary health organization in the United States. Its mission is to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and of Arkansas and the American Heart Association American Heart Association (AHA),
n.pr a national voluntary health agency that has the goal of increasing public and medical awareness of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and thereby reducing the number of associated deaths and disabilities. , said Randy Dixon, KATV news director.
Perme, of course, has made a tradition of playing Christmas music on the piano to close Channel 7 newscasts during the "holiday season. Perme has provided the mini-concerts for viewers for 18 years. Dixon said the station has constantly received requests for copies of "Christmas Time in Arkansas Again" but weren't able to offer them until this year.
The CDs hit the shelves about two weeks ago, Dixon said, with some stores already reporting a sellout. The station made an original order of 5,000 CDs and is considering a reorder re·or·der
v. re·or·dered, re·or·der·ing, re·or·ders
1. To order (the same goods) again.
2. To straighten out or put in order again.
3. To rearrange.
As it stands now, Dixon said, each nonprofit could pull in about $15,000 from CD sales.
But that's not all KATV is hawking for the holidays. The station is selling motorized mo·tor·ize
tr.v. mo·tor·ized, mo·tor·iz·ing, mo·tor·iz·es
1. To equip with a motor.
2. To supply with motor-driven vehicles.
3. To provide with automobiles. toy replicas of its Chopper 7 helicopter. The toys are available at Harvest Foods stores--again for $7.77--with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots Toys For Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which donates toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks. .
Dixon said Toys for Tots could receive about $20,000 from sales of the 5,000 toy helicopters.