KNUE is getting ready for this year's KNUE St. Jude "Country Cares" Radiothon. You know that KNUE and you guys, our listeners, have been apart of the St. Jude Radiothon since 1997, and because of you, we have raised millions for the kids of St. Jude! This weekend, I had the privilege to be a part, once again, of the St. Jude "Country Cares" seminar in Memphis, Tenn. This year the attendance from all the country stations across the U.S. was the highest it has ever been. We had more 900 country radio folks under one roof! To say the least, it was crazy!

We all toured the extraordinary hospital and came face-to-face with the bravest and most grateful kids you could ever hope to meet. Their stories of bravery are amazing and inspirational. These kids have hope and they know it. They have hope because of you and your generosity.

So, save the dates for the KNUE St. Jude "Country Cares" Radiothon -- it's Thursday and Friday, March 7-8, this year -- and plan to be a part of something great! I know you will once again open your hearts to this cause and you have since 1997. The kids are counting on it.

Also this year, East Texan Tina Christian, an awesome supporter of St. Jude, thought she would get a jump start on the giving with a Mardi Gras Party!

Plan to join Tina's Mardi Gras party along with KNUE on Friday, Feb. 22 at Chuy's Mexican Restaurant on South Broadway in Tyler from 6 to 10 p.m. The tickets are on sale now with proceeds benefiting our little soldiers at St. Jude.

Log on now and get your advance tickets for only $35 at, but hurry because the tickets are going fast! Tickets will be available at the door of the event for $45.

Your ticket price includes the famous Chuy's Nacho Bar and your choice of a hat or mask for the Mardi Gras Party!

Tina and her family are very special and realize the importance of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude is the dream of the late entertainer, Danny Thomas, who promised no child should ever die in the dawn of life!

Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude in 1962. At that time, the most common childhood cancer, Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), only had a 4% survival rate. Because of the research at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, today the survival rate is 94%. That's what St. Jude does, folks.

St. Jude is a place of hope for kids with catastrophic diseases and childhood cancers. St. Jude shares all their research to every medical facility and institution in the U.S and the world for free. No child ever pays at St. Jude -- EVER!

So get your tickets and tell your friends and let's raise some money for St. Jude!