21Country Update: Huntington man highlighted on World News Tonight
National interest in Monte Sieberns after ABC21 story airs
HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WPTA) - Monte Sieberns’ Sunday afternoon got a lot more interesting, after a call with a producer of ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir. The blind internet radio host of Z103.com was told his story, the one we first shared with you earlier this month, would be included in their national broadcast.
Sieberns has been running the station out of two rooms in the upstairs of TCB Games, which has turned the former Carnegie Library into its home. He began his dream after losing his job in Marion, funding this next venture, completely out of pocket for the last year. After bringing seven decades of music to listeners across the country, his next hope is to mentor other blind individuals who hope to start a career in the broadcast industry.
As for the near future -- Sieberns is using his newfound fame to help others in Huntington. May 27, he’s organizing an event to bring in donations of food, clothing, household items, and money to Love, Inc. In exchange for generosity, Sieberns will publicly be attempting the Paqui one chip challenge (a single tortilla chip made with the hottest peppers available) with Mayor Richard Strick. A time is still to be determined, so be sure to look for updates on the Z103.com facebook page.
While “the music man” plans to get ready for another week of his radio show, he tells ABC21 he’s excited to see what he can accomplish in the future, and growing his footprint in Northeast Indiana.
Editor’s Note: Monte Sieberns’ story was heavily cut for time in Sunday’s World News Tonight evening broadcast (ET), due to the Golden State Warriors/Memphis Grizzlies basketball game. We included the longer, more in-depth version that aired in other parts of the country, to this article.
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