NEW YORK - New Yorkers have a history of helping each other out in times of trouble, and will reach out and respond again in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
TODAY's Matt Lauer will host a one-hour musical telethon called "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," with confirmed appearances by Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band, Sting, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi and Christina Aguilera, with appearances by Jimmy Fallon and NBC News' Brian Williams.
The telethon will be broadcast from the New York studios of NBC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza from 7 to 8 p.m. CST, and will be carried by all NBC affiliates, including KARE 11.
The encore presentation of Revolution originally scheduled for 7 p.m. will now air from 9 to 10 p.m., preempting Dateline. Grimm airs in its normal slot from 8 to 9 p.m.
Kevin Bacon, Mary J. Blige, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, Al Roker and Jon Stewart have also confirmed their participation.
The one-hour live benefit telethon will also air across the networks of NBCUniversal, including NBC, Bravo, CNBC, E!, G4, MSNBC, Style, Syfy and USA. The NBC Sports Network and The Weather Channel also have now signed on to air the event.
Money collected will be donated to the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.
The American Red Cross response to Sandy is very large and will be very costly, affecting a massive area spanning much of the eastern half of the country. Financial donations help the American Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-HELPNOW or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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