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Press Release – 2020 Campaign


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WHO NEEDS SLEEP Returns On December 5, 2020

Telethon aims to raise money for North Texas cancer-related charities.

Dallas, November 30, 2020:  WHO NEEDS SLEEP, a 36-hour variety telethon broadcast, returns for its fourth year to entertain and inform audiences while raise funds for two cancer-related charitable organizations. WHO NEEDS SLEEP will broadcast online beginning at 8:00 am (Central) Saturday, December 5, 2020 at, and will continue until 8:00 pm Sunday, December 6, 2020.

Spearheaded by Executive Director Devin Pike, the telethon mixes live music and comedy performances, game shows, celebrity and athlete interviews, and special in-studio surprises. Viewers are urged to pledge money through donations over the course of the telethon.

Online Telethon From the Beginning

“We’ve been an exclusively live-streamed event since our inception,” said Devin Pike, who will be on-air through the entirety of WHO NEEDS SLEEP, with a revolving cast of co-hosts. “This year, the world caught up with us by necessity, and we feel this will help grow our audience.”

The telethon will be livecasted from Music City Mall in Lewisville, TX. The studio space where the telethon will be staged brings some unique opportunities.

“We’ll be able to bring the Mall’s Christmas tree-lighting ceremony live, so people can have that holiday experience from the safety of their homes,” Pike said. “Partnering with Music City Mall has been a delight thus far, and they’re excited to be our new home.”

A broadcaster and entertainment reporter since 1981, Pike has been working in the pop culture and geek culture realms as a renowned emcee and panel host for film festivals and comic cons around the country.

With WHO NEEDS SLEEP, Pike is raising funds for a cause close to his heart: he’s a three-time survivor of throat cancer, and organized the inaugural WHO NEEDS SLEEP less than a month removed from a round of cancer treatment in December 2017.

Recipients of Generous Donations

Proceeds from the telethon benefit Cancer Support Community North Texas, and the hematology and oncology wards of Cook Children’s Hospital of Dallas.

“We’re extremely grateful to Devin and WNS – without events like this, we couldn’t help those facing cancer in our community get the much-needed support they need. Every dollar counts, and every opportunity to create awareness helps immensely,” said Cancer Support Community North Texas CEO Mirchelle Louis.

Talent and Guests Galore

Musicians scheduled to perform on the telethon include Remy Reilly, Delta Rage, Sean Cole, and Chance Munsterman. The telethon will also include interviews with guests such as Rob Paulsen (voice actor for Hulu’s ANIMANIACS), Sean Patrick Flanery (POWDER, BORN A CHAMPION), Gary Cogill, Troy Duffy (writer / director, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS), and a featured “PA Summit” roundtable with Chuck Morgan (Texas Rangers), Jeff K (Dallas Cowboys / Dallas Stars), Sean Heath (Dallas Mavericks) and Michael Gruber (Texas Rangers).

The programming will also feature panel discussions from hosts Emily Jones McCoy and Julie Dobbs (THE MOM GAME), Rob Ervin and Alex Barnhill (THE CLUBHOUSE PODCAST) and more. There will also be deep dives into the culture of Hallmark Christmas movies, and a slew of late-night shenanigans.  (All appearances are subject to scheduling.)


For the fourth year, WHO NEEDS SLEEP will partner with VOKAL on their streaming platform, which also features streaming video and audio entertainment for fans of long-form podcasts, classic and alternative rock, and roots and classic country.

In 2018, the team behind WHO NEEDS SLEEP formed a non-profit corporation with the sole aim of raising funds for cancer-related organizations. A 501(c)3 registered charitable organization, Who Needs Sleep, Inc. produces other fundraising events year-round.

WHO NEEDS SLEEP will broadcast online beginning at 8:00 am (Central) Saturday, December 5, 2020 at, and will continue until 8:00 pm Sunday, December 6, 2020.


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