Record Setting Bear-A-Thon!

OCALA, Florida (February 18, 2022) –93.7 K-Country and 92.5/95.5 Wind-FM hosted the 23rd Annual Stop Children’s Cancer Bearathon on Wednesday February 16 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. raising a record $151,200.

On March 19, we presented Stop Children’s Cancer with a check for over $151,000. Pictured (L to R): Howard Tuuri (GM/VP), Big Red (93.7 K-Country), and Hunter and Parker (92.5/95.5 Wind-FM).

Radio station listeners called in or logged on the website and donated money for a cute, cuddly bear or a chemo duck. The bears are provided to pediatric cancer patients at UF Health Shands upon diagnosis. The chemo ducks are provided as an educational aid for patients prior to beginning treatment. Donors were entered for a chance to win a brand-new Honda Civic from Honda of Gainesville.

“We are proud to be a partner in the battle to cure Pediatric Cancer,” said North Central Florida Media Group General Manager Howard Tuuri. “STOP Children’s Cancer and our Bearathon have raised over $1.5 million through the generosity of our listeners in North Central Florida.  We look forward to raising even more at our next Bearathon.”

All of the money raised goes to local clinical trials, basic research, research scholars and research equipment for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for pediatric cancer.


North Central Florida Media Group, owned by Saga Communications, operates two of the top-performing radio stations in Gainesville/Ocala; Iconic Rock station Wind-FM (WYND 92.5/95.5) and Country station K-Country (WOGK 93.7). NCFM provides customized marketing solutions that leverage on-air, online and on-site assets to deliver substantial results for local businesses.