The 9th annual Operation Sweet Tooth—a live radioathon to raise money to purchase items for troops deployed overseas—surpassed its $50-thousand goal, netting $56,184 in over a week of live broadcasts. Organized by 72-year old Montrose resident Marta Taylor and hosted on KUBC by local icon Jim Kerschner the annual event helps defray the cost of shipping a litany of care packages to women and men serving in the military far from home and sometimes in very dangerous situations. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in a number of wounded warriors and Stewart says these brave folks always go to the top of the list when it comes to item distribution.
Kerschner handled the fluid and live programming expertly during the week long plus of air shifts spanning over 12-hours with minimal breaks. Operation Sweet Tooth also has the affect of bringing a lot of different types of people together with different perspectives on issues but agreement on the need to send a big, tangible thank you to Americans in uniform. Community members brought in checks, bags of nonperishable food, items to be auctioned on the air like paintings, upper-end outdoor furniture, handmade aprons and more.
The final hour of the broadcast was spent by Kerschner trying to cram in so many ‘thank yous’ to supporters and the community at large. The good feelings expressed between the host and many callers, along with people just stopping by the radio station to lend a hand will also undoubtedly be felt by the brave people stationed on the frontline of freedom’s watch in Korea, Afghanistan and beyond.