NEW YORK, NY Friday Sep.2.2005 / -- Tim McGraw has agreed to help co-headline an hour-long music special that will air this Friday, September 2nd, on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC, 8 pm ET.

The telethon will be broadcast entirely from the New York studios of NBC and will also feature New Orleans natives Harry Connick, Jr. and Wynton Marsalis, with an appearance by Leonardo DiCaprio, among others.

McGraw says he is "heartbroken by the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in my home state." The country star says, "Like so many Americans I am watching the news reports with great sadness. But it's at times like these that each of us must work together to provide lifesaving aid to those in terrible need. I sincerely encourage everyone to support the American Red Cross, government efforts and others in the non-profit community with this
historically unprecedented undertaking."

Tim, from Start, Louisiana, is a four-year American Red Cross celebrity cabinet board member and the National Spokesperson for State Farm's Neighbors Give Life national blood drive campaign.

All viewers will be asked to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in support of hurricane relief through its website and donation hotline at or 1-800-HELP NOW.

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