Hubbard classic rock “The Drive” WDRV Chicago (97.1) will play “The Star-Spangled Banner” followed by “We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions” by Queen on Friday, March 27 at 8pm in what’s been dubbed the “Chicago Sing-A-Long.” Listeners are encouraged to step out on porches, balconies, open windows and sing along as a sign of solidarity. Additionally, Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower and The Prudential Building will modify their lights to illuminate the skyline in red, white and blue. “As COVID-19-related hardships, anxiety and uncertainty continue to consume our daily lives, The Drive is endeavoring to provide a few moments of relief, unity and pride across the Chicagoland region,” PD Rob Cressman said in a release. “We look forward to hosting this spirited event. We hope to instill a strong sense of community while preserving ever-critical social distancing regulations – as fans participate solo, or within their own households.”
Northwest Public Radio KUOW Seattle (94.9) will no longer carry White House press briefings on the coronavirus pandemic live. “We will continue to cover these briefings – but believe it is imperative that they are fact-checked, which is a challenge during a live broadcast,” the station said in making the announcement. “After airing the White House briefings live for two weeks, a pattern of false information and exaggeration increasingly had many at KUOW questioning whether these briefings were in the best service of our mission—to create and serve a more informed public. Of even greater concern was the potential impact of false information on the health and safety of our community.” In its post, KUOW provided a number of examples of “exaggerations and false information” and said it would “revisit this situation daily.”
The efforts of “The Cruz Show,” heard in afternoons on iHeartMedia urban contemporary “Real 92.3” KRRL Los Angeles, were featured in a segment on KTTV-TV. The piece focused on the show’s efforts to help those in need during the coronavirus crisis. “On Monday, we started taking calls from our listener family that needed important quarantine essentials like baby formula, diapers, toilet paper and more,” a website posting read. “Immediately after airing those calls our amazing listener family came through with donations. The Cruz Show connected everyone and got the people in need some help.” View the KTTV-TV segment on the “Real 92.3” website HERE.
Cumulus Media Dallas news/talk outlets WBAP (820) and KLIF (570) present an on-air Town Hall with DFW entrepreneur Mark Cuban to discuss ways to help area businesses during the coronavirus crisis. The Town Hall broadcast, which takes place Friday, March 27 from 2-3pm, will be hosted by Brian Estridge and Rick Roberts.
Cox Media Group Atlanta is holding a virtual food drive from 6am-midninght on Friday, March 27, which will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The organization continues to provide meals for children, families and seniors throughout the COVID-19 crisis, by working with more than 600 nonprofit partners and the new Text for Help program. “Now more than ever our listeners need our help,” Senior Director of Operations Chris Eagan said in a release. “Cox Media Group Atlanta will step up and use our powerful radio brands to do good for the community. I’m proud of the way these teams have worked over the last few weeks and Friday will be another great example of how we are stronger together.”
CBS Audio is offering two one-hour programs this weekend: “Coronavirus: Changed Forever,” hosted by Gil Gross and “CBS Weekend Roundup Special Report on the Coronavirus,” hosted by correspondent Allison Keyes. The programming is available for all stations and is available via FTP on Friday, March 27.
iHeartMedia Honolulu launches Support808.com, an online one-stop-shop directory for local businesses that are still open and operational on Oahu. The website, part of a new group of initiatives under the iHeartLocal program, will also feature a directory of local businesses that are hiring and seeking volunteers during this critical time. “Now more than ever, it’s important that we in Hawai’i stick together,” Director of Promotions & Marketing Flash Hansen said in a release. “We are all one big extended Ohana and, by working together, we will get through this. We will do anything we can to support our local community.”
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith was interviewed on the Westwood One-syndicated “Jim Bohannon Show” Wednesday night (March 25). During the 15-minute segment, Smith discusses the remarkable public service of local broadcasters during the coronavirus crisis, NAB’s coronavirus PSA campaign, the loss of advertising on many stations as a result of local business closures, and NAB efforts to get financial assistance for broadcasters included in Congressional coronavirus emergency relief packages. The interview can be heard HERE.
The COVID-19 Town Hall by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday night (March 26) was aired on more than 140 radio stations throughout the state, including City of Atlanta Board of Education news/talk WABE (90.1) and Cox Media Group news/talk WSB/WSBB-FM (750/95.5), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.