Area teens lend­ing a voice to sup­port first re­spon­ders

Win­ter Park ra­dio sta­tion raises over $30K, ex­pands au­di­ence to 10K

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Win­ter Park na­tive Dy­lan Carollo started a mu­sic-based pod­cast in sixth grade with his friend Niko­lai Eg­gle­ton, and by the end of the year, it had 30,000 lis­ten­ers.

“The prob­lem was, the more and more au­di­ence you gain on that plat­form, the more and more ex­pen­sive it gets,” said Carollo, 17. So they piv­oted and founded D100 Ra­dio in 2014, reach­ing out to artists across the globe, such as BTS in South Korea, to help garner a global au­di­ence. Now, the sta­tion reaches about 10,000 lis­ten­ers a day and is avail­able on iHeartRa­dio and Ap­ple Mu­sic.

Lake Highland Prepara­tory School stu­dents Carollo and Eg­gle­ton had their hands full dur­ing the aca­demic year, help­ing with mu­sic at their school’s events, but that came to a hard stop when the school closed amid the coro­n­avirus pandemic. At the end of March, the two felt called to aid first re­spon­ders.

“We saw these front­line work­ers around the coun­try, it was hor­rific to see what they were go­ing through,” said Carollo. “We said, ‘There has to be a way we could do some­thing with the sta­tion be­cause we have an au­di­ence and there has to be a way that we could help.’ ”

They came up with an in­ter­ac­tive fundraiser in which lis­ten­ers pay to hear a song re­quest, with pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing front­line work­ers or vac­cine re­search. So far, D100 Ra­dio has raised $30,260.

“We thought it’d be a fun way for the lis­ten­ers that have a great time with it,” Carollo said. “And it’d be help­ing a lot of front­line work­ers be­cause we have we have a ma­jor au­di­ence.”

The sta­tion has part­nered with New YorkPres­by­te­rian Hos­pi­tal; Fire Depart­ment of New York Foun­da­tion; Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les; Home Base Pro­gram, a Red Sox Foun­da­tion in Bos­ton; Och­sner Health in New Or­leans; Henry Ford Hos­pi­tal in Detroit; UW Medicine in Seat­tle; and Beth Is­rael Dea­coness Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bos­ton.

They chose those or­ga­ni­za­tions based on Eg­gle­ton’s re­search into coro­n­avirus hotspots and how funds would be al­lo­cated.

“I think it’s help­ing a great need around the coun­try,” Carollo said.

To en­sure there was no ex­tra work on the part of the or­ga­ni­za­tions, D100 Ra­dio cre­ated press re­leases and so­cial me­dia pro­mo­tion ma­te­ri­als.

Those in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing can fill out a form at d100ra­dio.com that asks for an email ad­dress, the name of the artist, song ti­tle and more.

Lis­ten­ers will se­lect the fund they wish to ben­e­fit and have a few do­na­tion op­tions from which to choose.

■ $5 for a song re­quest

■ $25 for a wrist­band and song re­quest

■ $75 for a shirt, wrist­band and song re­quest

■ $76 and up for an on-air men­tion, shirt, wrist­band and song re­quest

Once sub­mit­ted, the song will play within 30 min­utes on D100 Ra­dio.

DY­LAN CAROLLO

Win­ter Park na­tive and Lake Highland Prepara­tory School ju­nior Dy­lan Carollo founded D100 Ra­dio in 2014. He started a fundraiser through the ra­dio sta­tion to ben­e­fit first re­spon­ders amid the coro­n­avirus pandemic.

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