Premiere Networks-syndicated personality George Noory, host of “Coast to Coast AM,” announced that the program’s Friday Night Prayer on March 27 will be dedicated to eliminating COVID-19. For over a decade, “Coast to Coast AM” has featured Friday Night Prayer, a special segment where listeners submit their names or those of their loved ones to the show, and the audience collectively prays for them. “I have always believed in the power of prayer and the existence of a higher power,” Noory said in a release. “For years now, I have witnessed the positive effect of our Friday Night Prayer on ‘Coast to Coast AM’ and I’m therefore asking that on March 27, people across the globe take a few moments to pray for the eradication of this deadly COVID-19 coronavirus.”
Financial talk radio host Dave Ramsey’s The Ramsey Network is offering a free livestream, “A Message of Hope,” on Thursday, March 26 at 7pm. Ramsey, Ken Coleman and Rachel Cruze “will share practical money and career advice to spread hope in the middle of national uncertainty,” according to a release. The free livestream will be available at Dave Ramsey.com, “The Dave Ramsey Show” on YouTube and Facebook and will also be broadcast on SiriusXM and radio stations across the country. A podcast series on the topic is also being produced.
Townsquare Media talk “New Jersey 101.5” WKXW Trenton presents its second Town Hall broadcast on the coronavirus crisis Thursday, March 26 at 7pm. Special Projects Director and Morning News Anchor Eric Scott will be joined via phone by Dr. Margaret Fisher, infectious disease specialist at RWJBarnabas Health; Dr. Manisha Parulekar, program director and chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Hackensack University Medical Center; and Dr. Kevin Slavin, director of quality for Hackensack Meridian Health Children’s Services.
Saga Communications temporarily replaces sports “The Buzzer,” which broadcasts on WYXL-HD3 and the Ithaca, NY-licensed translator W242AB at 96.3, with information about mobile testing for COVID-19 offered by the Cayuga Medical Center at the Shops at Ithaca Mall. “It is valuable information needed by the community immediately,” President/General Manager Chet Osadchey said in a release. “We are fortunate to have the technology to be able to run a looped message and offer this technology for use by the Cayuga Medical team.”
Tune in, class is in session. Butler Radio Network talk/oldies WISR Pittsburgh (680) is broadcasting class lessons for students of the Butler Area School District who are now home-schooling due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to WTAE-TV, school teachers record their lessons the night before and WISR plays them the following morning – secondary students get their lessons at 9am and elementary students at 9:30. “We were trying to figure out how to create some normalcy for all of our students,” Superintendent Brian White told the TV station. “And we thought what better way than grabbing onto AM radio?”
Andrew Curran, President and COO of DMR/Interactive, implores that radio “get out in front and lean into what’s going on.” In a blog post Curran writes, “There’s a global crisis on the scale of a modern world war and it’s forcing people to stay home and impacting listening levels. Radio has nothing to apologize for. The backbone of radio listening and the backbone of our economy are one in the same – the American worker.” The medium “has always done some of its very best work when responding to a disaster and this coronavirus is no different,” he continues. View the entire “Open Letter to Radio: Coronavirus Edition” HERE.
Illinois radio and TV stations are joining together to help alleviate shortages at food banks in the state in the wake of the pandemic. The Illinois Broadcasters Association, in partnership with Feeding Illinois, will hold a daylong public-service marathon on Thursday, March 26 seeking online donations from listeners and viewers, according to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder. “Illinois Broadcasters Uniting Against Hunger” will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Northern Illinois Food Bank and six other regional agencies affiliated with Feeding Illinois.
Paragon Media Strategies takes a look at what public radio music stations are doing in wake of the crisis. The blog post highlights programming features, both on-air and online, that some stations are rolling out for their listeners. “Right now, these stations are showing all of us in radio, and most importantly their listeners, how quickly they can spin on a dime and create new content, ramp up engagement and increase community support in a time of need,” founder Mike Henry writes. View the entire “Crisis Innovations on the Fly – Part I” blog post HERE.