Telethon adds thrush Carey, more channels

Event to have radio and internet broadcasts

Mariah Carey has been added to the list of entertainers skedded to appear on Friday’s mega-fundraiser for terrorism victims, as the list of outlets lining up to simulcast the event continues to grow.

PBS, PAX and Spanish-lingo web Univision have signed on to carry two-hour spec “America: A Tribute to Heroes,” along with basic cablers BET, Comedy Central, Court TV, Discovery, Fox Family, TLC, TNN, TNT, USA and VH1. Premium cablers HBO, Showtime and Sundance Channel also will join in the simulcast.

Other cablers are expected to sign on, though some may not be able to join in because they air only an East Coast feed. Event is being tape-delayed for the West Coast.

On the radio side, numerous Clear Channel and Westwood One affils will broadcast audio from the event, which will take place live from 9-11 p.m. EDT in New York and Los Angeles (Daily Variety, Sept. 18).

In addition, Yahoo is building a special Web site for the event to accommodate donors who wish to give money via Internet. Yahoo also will Webcast the telethon live.

Carey’s appearance is expected to be the singer’s first since she had a breakdown earlier this summer. Other performers signing on include rapper Wyclef Jean and country legend Willie Nelson.

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