KTI COUNTRY raises $41,986 to buy new truck for USO Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE – 94.5 KTI COUNTRY’S “Truck for the Troops” radiothon raised $41,896 to replace a broken-down service vehicle for USO Wisconsin. The funds will purchase an all-new truck with the important customizations necessary to better serve troops in the field. The USO Wisconsin truck mainly serves service members training at Fort McCoy located in west-central Wisconsin.  The truck provides a stress-relieving connection to home through Wi-Fi along with toiletries, sunscreen, snacks and drinks.   
"KTI COUNTRY is Wisconsin’s Country Station - and when USO Wisconsin shared their need with us, we knew we had to take action,” said Ryan Wild, program director for 94.5 KTI COUNTRY.  “The radiothon allowed our local listeners to say thank you to the military in a way they will appreciate.  We’re so proud to serve such a great community!”  
KTI COUNTRY’S live and local on-air team allowed the station to run the radiothon from 5am-5pm on Friday, November 10.  Donations were accepted online at kticountry.com and at a volunteer phone-bank in the studios.  The radiothon featured on-air auction items and it included a locally based service member, now deployed in the Middle East, who made a $5,000 pledge to encourage additional donations.   
“We estimate the truck serves 40,000 service members each year,” said Josh Sova, executive director for USO Wisconsin. “Replacing our old truck with a new, customized vehicle will keep our military personnel connected with their families and help them be more comfortable while they train for deployment.  94.5 KTI COUNTRY and its listeners really came through for USO Wisconsin!”   
Lynch Truck Center of Waterford partnered with the station to provide the vehicle at dealer-cost along with a discount on the needed modifications.   Modern Ink, based in Waukesha, is adding vehicle graphics at no charge.  
The new truck will be in the field by January.

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