NBC to Air ‘Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together Telethon on Friday feat Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen

NBC will air a one hour telethon to benefit the Red Cross for  Hurricane Sandy relief.  Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Sting will perform. It airs on NBC and its sister stations at 8-9 pm ET.

Read the press release below

NEW YORK — November 1, 2012 — In response to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the networks of NBCUniversal — including NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA – will join forces to air a one-hour live benefit telethon, “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together,” on Friday, November 2 (8-9 pm ET).

Hosted by NBC “Today” anchor Matt Lauer, the telethon will be broadcast from the New York studios of NBC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. It will air live across the East Coast and tape-delayed on the West. Additional networks could join the broadcast of the telethon prior to airtime.

Money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

The telethon also will be live-streamed on NBC.com.

The Event will feature performances by artists including Christina Aguilera (NBC’s “The Voice”), Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, and appearances by Jimmy Fallon (NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”) and NBC News’ Brian Williams.

The American Red Cross response to Sandy is very large and will be very costly, affecting a massive area spanning much of the eastern half of the country. Financial donations help the American Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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  • MargieIdol

    I’m a little surprised this is only going to be an hour long. I know the days of the 24-hour telethon are gone but I seems like it would be more of an event if they went straight through prime-time. I’m sure they could find enough actors & artists to fill the time. Maybe they don’t want to lose the ad revenue for the whole night. 

  • Reflects On Life

    Xtina’s upcoming album “Lotus”, 15 sec snips of all songs:  http://youtu.be/3ChH_cOIHwc

    (I think this post belongs in today’s Headlines thread, so pls feel free to move this post there when you create that thread. Apologies if this topic has already been covered.)

  • http://twitter.com/fourrats Sherry

    Two words here — Billy Joel.  I’ll tune in.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    That’s pretty quick turnaround to get people together and produce the show. Good that they are doing this. 

  • ellen8

    NBC has a political special on their guide at that time.   Glad they are preempting that for this Sandy special.    

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I was trying to think if any former Idols lived in the New York area?  There has to be some.  Great line-up, but I always look for more.  I hope they raise lots of money!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    For such a short notice and almost immediate response this is a great job by NBC :)  Kudos to all involved.

  • kmd23

    Nice to see that there is a Telethon for those in need in the effected areas of the storm. They need so much help. It is a great cause.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92L4LHcT75s Ashley Taylor
  • BonnieDee

    Stop.  Romney’s Dad actually marched with Martin Luther King.  Romney’s family worked for change inside their faith and got it.  Don’t politicize this.

  • Incipit

    Kudos to all involved.

    Well-known and respected names – and all people who are experienced professionals who can get a performance together at a moment’s notice. Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel – probably many more – are all originally from the devastated areas.
    The destruction and personal tragedies are overwhelming in their scale, tonight I saw that Jerry Gaskill of KingsX, who just recovered from a heart attack, had lost his NJ home, everything. So many individual stories.

    Good to see that NBC is foregoing that political special in favor of this – and politics has absolutely no place here, IMO. The benefit was even given a mention tonight on The Weather Channel…those folks have been on the front lines for the Frankenstorm, and they brought so many images and reports that cannot be ignored.

     But I also saw a picture from Asbury Park, NJ, one of the Jersey Shore communities that was evacuated. IDK how the rest of the town fared, I didn’t hear of any loss of life there – but the famous Stone Pony is still standing, on a street covered in sand. Just a little thing that was good to see, when a great many other landmarks at the Shore are gone.


  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    I cannot think of anyone from any season’s top 12 who is NYC or New Jersey based. I believe Antonella Barber/Season 6 top 24 was from one of the NJ shore points that has been very hard hit. My area — about an hour north of Philadelphia — had quite a bit of wind damage and some folks still don’t have power. Both Justin Guarini and Anthony Federov are from neighboring communities.

  • Kitwana

    I hope someone like Springsteen or Billy Joel calls out FEMA during the broadcast. Half of the deaths in New York took place in blue collar Staten Island despite it being the smallest borough with a population of 500k. Yet they have to wait 3 days for help? And only after they hold a press conference? Truly disgusting. Not acceptable. And don’t get me started with Bloomberg’s decision to not delay/cancel the New York City Marathon.