Q100’s Bert Weiss and Atlanta pop superstar Justin Bieber will hold a press conference this morning at Philips Arena to announce a last-minute toy drive today to benefit the kids in the hospital for Christmas at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
But since we’re deathly allergic to mob scenes created by pubescent pop stars who possess the singing voice of “The Brady Bunch’s” Peter Brady and Carol Brady’s fierce ’70s shag hair cut, we opted to score the scoop early from Weiss.
“We realize the window for this is very small but there are 530 patient rooms at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta so we definitely feel like it’s doable,” Weiss explains.
Q100 and Bieber are asking fans to bring new unwrapped toys to the Grammy nominee’s sold-out concert tonight at Philips Arena. Donations will be accepted at the Will Call window where a bus will be parked. By evening’s end, the goal is to have the bus stacked to the rafters with toys. The gifts will be distributed to the kids in the hospital on Christmas Day. In addition, Georgia’s Own Credit Union has agreed to match all donations. For a full list of acceptable toys, go to the Q100 website for guidelines.
Without a doubt, Bieber’s long-sold out show tonight has been one of Q100’s biggest concerts of 2010. And Weiss himself hasn’t been immune to an avalanche of ticket requests.
“No lie, I went to the grocery store yesterday and got hit up for tickets!” he told us laughing. “The demand for this show is unlike anything I’ve seen working here in 10 years.”
Like many of us, Weiss is still shaking his head at the overnight success of Bieber last year after becoming a YouTube sensation. “I just remember [Bieber’s Atlanta manager] Scooter Braun pleading with me to put this kid on the air and to check out his videos on YouTube. When I found out Usher was also behind him, I decided to take a look. Scooter Braun is obviously a lot smarter than I am!”