Talk:Telethon

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Terminology[edit]

Question: what do you call something like a telethon which is on radio instead of television?

I've just noticed that Wiktionary says that the "tele" is for telephone rather than television, but which page is right?

Answer: "tele" mean from far away televison is vison from far away
I know that, but it doesn't really answer the question. This entry says it's from "television", not "tele".
Another answer: The most common name I've heard is "radiothon." Non-commercial radio stations often use them to raise their operating budget (fully or partially) for the coming year. Some religious stations will use catchy names such as "Share-a-thon" (used by a station where I worked), "care-a-thon," and so on. Realkyhick 04:02, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Most Successful Telethon[edit]

Question: How has it been decided that the Australian telethon is the most successful per capita in the world? It raised $3 million Australian, and Western Australia has a population of more than 2,000,000 people. Telemiracle in Saskatchewan, Canada raised $3,500,000(Canadian) in 2004, and that province has a population of roughly 990,000 people.

Sounds like your right, the statement was unsourced too so I removed it... Nil Einne 11:49, 31 December 2006 (UTC)
The statement is indeed correct, and I have now re-added it with a link to the official website. [1] Australian-Media.com.au 01:18, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes it is indeed correct, i belive it has been calculated from its 40 year history. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 58.164.226.236 (talk) 06:45, 15 October 2007 (UTC)
AU$3M / $2M inh. = AU$ 1.5 per inh, i.e. US$ 1.37 per inhabitant each year (for a volume of about US$ 2.73M).
Compare to France : about EUR 100 M (about US$ 150M) for 65 M inhabitants, gives EUR 1.54 per inhabitant, i.e. US$ 2.31 per inhabitant each year (about 68% more than Australia).
France's Telethon (which occurs on the same day also in Belgium and Switzerland, where France Television programs are also received, but conducting their own collect) is both the largest (more than twice in financial volume than USA, with only about 6 times less inhabitants...) and the most successful in terms of financial results per inhabitant each year. It is also supporting the most important research projects and has created several research centers (half of the collected money is for the fundamental research on genetics and treatments, more one third is for social care and medical assitance of illed people and their family). And it is not the only one project that receives donations (France's Telethon represents about 5% of donations to foundations of public interest). It also largely collaborates with other European Telethons or medical foundations, notably in Italy, UK, Germany, Spain, Netherlands : something essential because most programs require cooperation on larger scale than a single country where there are not enough people to get valuable experience with meaningful scientific results. It has contributed the most important results to the humane genome offered to the world, and not controlled by private laboratories (working on the FULL humane genome, not just a few separate sequences like in US). verdy_p (talk) 07:55, 5 December 2009 (UTC)
The above mentioned telethons are not even close. The Chile helps Chile telethon to help victims of the 2010 Chile earthquake raised US$90m in a country of 17 million people yielding US$5.3/person! GringoInChile (talk) 18:06, 6 April 2010 (UTC)
I think the whole discussion above reveals why we should rely on quality RS, which does not include telethon organiser websites. Even local news papers around the time of a telethon should be used with caution since it isn't unheard of for such sources to parrot what they're told by organisers particularly in 'feel good' cases like telethons without sufficient fact checking. Nil Einne (talk) 21:29, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Telethon histories outside the U.S. (expansion needed)[edit]

I've updated the section about the history of telethons in the United States, but we need some folks from around the world to give some info about telethons elsewhere. Realkyhick 04:02, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Endangered children?[edit]

Telethons have also been held for endangered children on Israeli channel 2

I think something has been lost in translation here. What's an endangered child? This makes them sound like they're some sort of seperate subspecies at risk of extinction. I presume it means something like orphans or children living in poverty or something of that sort but I don't speak Hebrew or know much about Israel Nil Einne 11:41, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

Not sure why it didn't occur to me at the time, but may be it meant 'at risk' children a poorly defined but common terminology. Even that being the case, it would still be helpful to specify precisely who the target is. Nil Einne (talk) 22:02, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Animal welfare Issues[edit]

What about criticism from animal welfare movements? It seems there is no reference about it on the article.--Pokipsy76 (talk) 11:27, 26 December 2007 (UTC)

NPOV issue in the intro[edit]

Could someone with editing privileges delete the phrase "allegedly worthy" from the introduction. It violates WP: NPOV. We don't need a qualifier to go with the word "cause" and both words express POV. 68.146.71.145 (talk) 20:47, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

Yet again there's too much focus on the USA[edit]

Will Wikipedia ever get it right? The world is not the USA. The English-speaking world is also not just the USA. The history section only talks about the USA. And then in the country specifics section the first country is - you guessed it - the USA. OK so maybe America (North and South) comes first alphabetically but USA certainly isn't the first alphabetically within the Americas. Articles or sections which only cover the USA or which don't make any attempt to be accessible to the rest of the world should be deleted.--79.34.2.247 (talk) 18:50, 17 December 2011 (UTC)

Thank you very much song[edit]

If anyone could find them, more details on the 'thank you/u very much for your kind donation' tune would be useful. It was used for telethons in the NZ but our article says without sources also in Australia. Our article also appears to be misleading, it implies the tune originated with the Australian telethons, this seems to be quite misleading as the music seems to be basically the same and the chorus only slightly modified from the The Scaffold song Thank U Very Much which came out before the stated date for the Australian telethon. These sources [2] [3] seem to confirm the linkage to the Scaffold song although don't mention any Australian contributor. That said, even though the first is giving credit due to copyright reasons, it's possible that if there was an Australian contributor they simply did not require credit. (This OR suggests the tune was used in 1976 [4], I would guess it was probably from the first in 1975.) it's of course the tune was used in a telethon or elsewhere outside NZ or Australia although I haven't been able to find any evidence of that, then again I'm not sure if using Google UK without an account is enough to convince Google that I don't want results tailored to me in NZ. Nil Einne (talk) 21:35, 10 July 2013 (UTC)