telethon

noun
tele·​thon | \ ˈte-lə-ˌthän How to pronounce telethon (audio) \

Definition of telethon

: a long television program usually to solicit funds especially for a charity

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Some of the most notable names in sports will participate in the telethon. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "Here are the guests scheduled for this week’s Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon," 20 Aug. 2019 Dinner at Del Frisco’s with Orsillo and Grant, who call Padres games on Fox Sports San Diego, was one of the items the Padres offered in a telethon held during Saturday night’s game that benefited Rady Children’s Hospital. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Garrett Richards has pedal to metal; Grant, Orsillo raise $70K; lefty lineup," 4 Aug. 2019 The first bid came before the telethon officially started from a couple offering $10,000. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Garrett Richards has pedal to metal; Grant, Orsillo raise $70K; lefty lineup," 4 Aug. 2019 The televangelist had raised eyebrows for refusing to turn over financial records to Federal Communications Commission investigators — and telethon organizers had to defend Scott’s role. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "L.A. at its bizarre best: Strange talent show for fire-ravaged library brought the city together," 24 June 2019 Crowdfunding, or raising money without pursuing donors individually, isn’t new; consider bake sales, telethons, or the Salvation Army drum. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Perverse Logic of GoFundMe Health Care," 24 June 2019 Her productions included cooking shows, public affairs programs, sporting events, concerts, telethons, conventions, award shows and corporate productions. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Linda Giannecchini, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Exec, Dies at 70," 15 June 2019 The telethon aired on several cable networks and also streamed live to Parton's Facebook page. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Dolly Parton Raises $9 Million and Counting for Wildfire Victims During Star-Studded Telethon," 16 Dec. 2016 The telethon works, the team is saved, Indianapolis remains a viable major-league sports city – and soon the Baltimore Colts are moving downtown. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Bobby and Nancy Leonard's love story helped save the Indiana Pacers," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of telethon

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for telethon

tele- + -athon

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telethon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of telethon

: a long television program that tries to raise money for a charity by asking people to call during the program and make a donation

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