The co-host of a popular Connecticut morning radio show raised more than $22,000 in cash donations by living in a glass box outside a New Haven car dealership for 24 hours, said a station spokesperson.

AJ, the co-host of the morning show “Chaz and AJ in the Morning” on 99.1 PLR and 95.9 the FOX, lived for 24 hours in “a tiny glass box at McDermott Chevrolet and Lexus in New Haven,” according to Drew Carrano, spokesperson for the station.

Carrano said AJ walked into the box Thursday morning and walked out “exactly 24 hours later Friday at 9 a.m., and while he was in the box he must have listened to ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep’ by Middle of the Road loop Plus, every time $1,000 was raised, “AJ was hoisted 75 feet in the air in the K&J Tree Service bucket truck.”

“Eventually the listeners paid extra for him not to get in the bucket because he was so scared,” Carrano said.

AJ noted “despite the terrible song, my fear of heights, and living in this club, I’m so glad our listeners stepped up like they did, and we’ll be able to make Christmas really special for those who don’t.” need this year.”

The effort was to raise money for the annual Chaz and AJ McDermott Chevrolet and Lexus Toy Drive of New Haven, which takes place Dec. 9 at Jordan’s Furniture in New Haven, Carrano said. The annual event raises toys and money for five Connecticut charities that serve children in need, he said.

“This is AJ’s fifth year doing this, and it really shows his dedication to raising money for kids in need this holiday season,” Chaz said in a statement. “We really challenged him this time and he really stepped up.”

AJ, the co-host of the morning show

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