64th Crusade is on the air!

The 64th Crusade is on the air NOW on WHAS11, 840 WHAS radio and streaming live on WHAS11.com. The grand total will be announced Sunday at 6:58pm. Watch and listen as the toteboard grows all weekend long.

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Rachel Platt and Terry Meiners host

WHAS11’s Rachel Platt and 84WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners will emcee the Crusade Variety Show. They will be joined by Crusade favorites:

Carly Johnson Band
Addyson Clarkson
Diane Moore Dancers
Tim French
Miracle Dancers
Patrick Henry Hughes
The Marlins
Between the Lines
Melissa Combs
Charlestown High Scaliwags
Crusade Quintet
Misty Mountain String Band
Steve Crews
David Garrard
Jeff Guernsey
Michelle Sydnor and Choir
Latkovski Sisters

Show time is 7:00pm (EDT) Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts Bomhard Theater in Louisville. Admission is FREE! But seating is limited.

The 64th annual Crusade will begin Saturday, June 3rd at 1:00pm and conclude Sunday, June 4th at 7:00pm. It will be heard and seen on WHAS11, 840WHAS as well as WBNA-TV21 in Louisville and WBKO-TV13 in Bowling Green.

The WHAS Crusade for Children is America’s Most Successful Local Telethon.

Carly Johnson Band headlines the Crusade

More about Carly Johnson


Carly Johnson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Recipient of the university’s prestigious Vocal Award, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music for Jazz Vocal Performance in 2007. Described as “…a voice and soul before her time,” Carly has honed an immensely versatile craft that includes jazz, rock, blues and opera. “…new singer Carly Johnson is a revelation—versatile, tuneful, and with an emotional range that floats from first-person intimate to brassy belting with the greatest of ease.”

Carly on the 2016 WHAS Crusade for Children with Teddy Abrams

In 2010, Carly recorded with My Morning Jacket on “Holding On To Black Metal,” a track from their 2011 Grammy nominated album ‘Circuital.’ Following the record’s release in the spring of 2011, she performed live with MMJ at Louisville’s own Palace Theater. Also in 2011, Carly joined Louisville rock band Workers to perform and record their 2012 digital & LP release of ‘Both Hands’, released on sonaBlast! Records.

Carly is the newest member of the 7-piece jazz-folk fusion band Liberation Prophecy led by saxophonist Jacob Duncan. She had a blast touring the US and promoting the May 2013 release of their latest record ‘Invisible House’ and was honored to sing with them at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in NYC. As a member of Liberation Prophecy, she was also thrilled to perform with the ensemble in the groundbreaking children’s webisodes of ‘Liberation Living Room’ in 2013, when she got to to collaborate and perform with several talented musicians, including: Ben Sollee, Will Oldham, Rachel Grimes, Tyrone Cotton and Norah Jones.

She is presently enjoying home in Louisville, KY, writing original music and digging into the jazz scene with critically acclaimed guitarist Craig Wagner. Frequently featured on WFPK Louisville Public Radio, Carly and Craig just released a new jazz album showcasing the highlights of their successful 5-year partnership together as a vocal/guitar duo. Their new jazz album ‘It’s Pretty Standard’ was locally released in May of 2014 in Louisville. Most recently, Carly Johnson and Craig Wagner were honored to receive the 2014 Louisville Music Award for ‘Jazz Artist of the Year’ on September 28th.

Show time is 7:00pm (EDT) at the Kentucky Center for the Arts Bomhard Theater in Louisville. Admission is FREE! Seating is limited.

More about the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established by WHAS-TV in 1954, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to make life better for children with special needs. In its first 63 years, the Crusade has raised more than $170 million.

Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties.

Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.

Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954.

Crusade Network

The annual Crusade Internet/radio/telethon kicks off at 1:00pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 4 and airs in its entirety on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (Channel 11.1) and on WHAS11.com.

In addition, ION21 WBNA-TV in Louisville airs live broadcasts 12:30pm to 6:30pm Sunday, June 5 from the Kentucky cities of Elizabethtown, Shelbyville and Bardstown. WBKO-TV in Bowling Green airs remote telecasts from Campbellsville on Saturday and Leitchfield on Sunday.

Television Network

WHAS-TV, Louisville (flagship station)
WBNA-TV, Louisville
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green

Radio Network

WHAS, Louisville (flagship station)

Internet Network

WHAS11.com
WHASCrusade.org

100 percent of $170 million

In its first 63 years, the Crusade has raised $70 million for children with special needs. One hundred percent of all donations raised Crusade weekend are returned in the form of grants to agencies, hospitals and schools that make life better for children with special needs.

It takes a cast of thousands to stage the annual miracle. From individual donors dropping pocket change into boots at firefighter road blocks to children with lemonade stands to corporations offering payroll deduction, it all comes together each year on the first weekend in June.

To make a donation

Tax-deductible contributions can be made year-round securely online by clicking on this:

Or by mail:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202

About the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children, established by WHAS-TV in 1954, raises money for agencies, hospitals and schools that make life better for children with special needs. In its first 63 years, the Crusade has raised $170 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade returns 100% of all donations to organizations in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 counties in southern Indiana. Fire departments raise nearly 60 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and hosting other events. Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954. The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

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