Origin of telethon
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Contemporary Examples of telethon
George Clooney will also host a telethon on January 22 for MTV.Who's Helping Haiti?
The Daily Beast
January 14, 2010
Word Origin for telethon
prolonged TV fundraiser, 1949, from tele(vision) + (mara)thon (see -athon). Milton Berle's 16-hour television cancer fundraiser in April 1949 might have been the first to be so called.