It’s MDA Telethon Time

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s Labor Day weekend, so that means it’s time for the Muscular Dystrophy telethon seen in South Florida on MyTV33. The Telethon starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, has a couple of changes this year including the fact that Jerry Lewis will not be running the show.

MDA officials said more than $1 billion has been raised during Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons over the years.

The first live Labor Day weekend telethon in 1966 was broadcast by a single New York City television station. It raised more than $1 million in pledges.

This year’s three hour show, “MDA Show of Strength,”  will feature three hours of taped appearances by stars such as Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Nancy O’Dell, One Republic, Brandy, Paula Abdul, Alanis Morissette, Tim McGraw, will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas and Carole King.

Last year’s telethon raised $61,491,393.

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