SBU Radio Personality Brings Music to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

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SBU Radio Personality Brings Music to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital Local DJ starts music program at Stony Brook Children’s

Leah Laurenti, right, two-time American Idol contestant, performs at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital for 17-year-old patient Rachel Ragone of Manorville as Mark Klein of WUSB 90.1 Radio at Stony Brook University listens. Since January 2011, Klein has brought musical acts to Stony Brook Children’s each Friday afternoon following his radio show on Friday mornings.

STONY BROOK, N.Y., June 18, 2013 — Every Friday afternoon, one of the best shows in town has been held not at Jones Beach Theater or the Nassau Coliseum, but on the 11th floor of Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. That’s when 47-year-old Mark Klein of West Babylon turns the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology unit into both a stage and a wandering minstrel show. For the past two and a half years, Klein, who hosts a radio show on Fridays from 8 to 10 AM on WUSB 90.1 FM at Stony Brook University and an internet show at, has brought some of the best musicians working today in the New York area — including Harry Chapin’s daughter and members of the bands of Billy Joel and Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony — to play and sing for hospitalized children. Children who can leave their rooms get to attend the concerts in the hospital’s playroom. Those who are bedbound have the option of a private performance in their rooms, where the musicians will perform two or three requests. Their favorite requests? “Beatles, Elton John and the Eagles — the music the kids hear at home,” Klein said.  

Mark Klein

On June 14, Leah Laurenti, a two-time American Idol contestant from Medford, entertained children in the playroom. “It’s just a really good way to give back,” Laurenti said. “It’s nice to sing for the children and their families. …

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