BRATTLEBORO -- The Homelessness Marathon, which has previously been broadcast from places such as Detroit, Kansas City, and Mississippi, will this year be broadcast from the First Baptist Church of Brattleboro, at 190 Main St., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The mission of these annual broadcasts is to raise consciousness about homelessness and poverty in America and around the world. Each broadcast features live discussions with people who are homeless as well as have previously lived homeless. It is a rare opportunity to see life through their eyes.

The radio marathon will also take calls, including from people living in their homes, who can talk with people living on the streets.

The First Baptist Church provides the space for Brattleboro's overflow shelter, operated by the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center.

The audio signal for the Homelessness Marathon will be available for free to all radio stations over the Public Radio Satellite System, the Pacifica Ku-band and Pacifica's Audioport. Live video of the broadcast will be carried by Free Speech Television, starting at 8 p.m. FSTV has channel 9415 on the Dish Network and channel 348 on DirecTV as well as a webcast.

The broadcast is being hosted in Brattleboro by community radio WVEW-LP, 107.7 FM.

For more information, visit http://homelessnessmarathon.org.