Teen’s Foundation Signs Purchase Agreement with Disney
Newly Branded Radio Station Will Benefit Community and Charities, Honor Grandmother
LAKE ELSINORE, CA and ALBUQUERQUE, NM – October 4, 2010 – The non-profit Jennifer Smart Foundation has entered into an agreement to purchase former Radio Disney affiliate KALY AM 1240 in Albuquerque, NM. Pending FCC approval, the JENNiRADIO format for tweens, teens and families will begin airing on the station later this year.
KALY AM 1240 will be wholly owned by the Jennifer Smart Foundation, and its net income will go to national charities and worthy causes in the local community.
As a tribute to her late grandmother who battled cancer, 14-year-old Jennifer Smart started the charitable foundation to assist organizations and raise awareness of issues regarding kids’ health, education, animals, and the environment. “No one should have to suffer the way my grandma did,” Jennifer said. “And if I can do anything to help or inspire anyone else to get involved, I know Grandma would be proud.”
Through the foundation, Jennifer continues to take her support of organizations like World Wildlife Fund and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to the next level. “People were always impressed that I started setting aside money for charity at a very young age. I wanted to make sure kids know you’re never too young to help out.”
The founding of her own charity was bittersweet, however, as her grandmother passed away just five days before the organization’s first event – a benefit screening of Jennifer’s first movie role, “The Haunting of Winchester House.”
Considering she’s still in her early teens, Jennifer has had a long career in broadcasting. She started in radio at the age of 6, and was the youngest nationally-syndicated radio talk show host for five years. She started interviewing stars on red carpets at the age of 8, and has interviewed more celebrities than anyone else her age. In 2007, she toured the US with her parents, broadcasting their weekend program from a different state each week. She created her own online radio format for tweens, teens and families, called JENNiRADIO, which features age-appropriate music, her celebrity interviews, DVD and web site reviews, and other exclusive content.
For more information about Jennifer Smart, JENNiRADIO, and the Jennifer Smart Foundation, visit JENNiRADIO.com and JenniferSmartFoundation.org.
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