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Radio DJ Organizes Auction, Country Stars Pitch In

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by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nationally syndicated radio DJ Bobby Bones wanted to do something to help relief efforts in Oklahoma. He decided an auction would raise money, and country stars are helping out.

Bones spent much of Monday night watching television coverage of the tornado that devastated parts of Oklahoma.

"Like a lot of people, I couldn't sleep. I had a tough time sleeping," Bones said.

On his drive Tuesday into Nashville radio station, The Big 98, Bones knew he had to do something when he went on the air that morning.

"I'm just a DJ on the radio. So I got into work, I just got on the air at 5 o'clock and said, 'hey anybody want to help?' I just threw it on the air," Bones explained.

It did not take long for some of country music's biggest stars to answers the call for help. Jake Owen was the first to call into the radio show.

"And he said 'I'm leaving he gym and I'll be right up.' So Jake came up and he played a song," Bones said.

Owen was also the first performer to donate a signed guitar. By Wednesday afternoon, there was a room full of autographed guitars at The Big 98. But those will not be the only items up for auction for the American Red Cross.

Country superstar Tim McGraw contacted Bones and wanted to make a donation.

"Tim said 'ok, I've got your guitar, but what I'm going to do is I'm going to make the winner of the auction my guitar tech for a show,'" according to Bones.

Kellie Pickler recently won a dancing reality show and also wanted to donate a one-of-a-kind item.

"Kellie Picker called and donated the shoes that she wore last night whenever she won the reality show," Bones said.

Clear Channel Radio runs several radio stations in Nashville and employees from those stations will take part in a local effort to collect items for tornado victims.

A listener to 107.5 The River started an extended donation effort.

"We got a phone call, actually to Woody and Jim, and she just said I really want to help, and I have a fleet line I'm willing to empty two of my trucks and I would really love for the radio station to help me," said promotions director Mollie Cochran.

That truck will be parked at the Sam's Club on Old Hickory Boulevard in Bellevue on Thursday. You can drop off your donations from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and radio station employees will be there.

"Just kind of meeting everyone, thanking them for their donations, and accepting anything non-perishable. Basically anything on the Red Cross list.

The Red Cross auction is expected to start Thursday morning.


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