COVID-19

The “Jersey 4 Jersey” coronavirus relief concert to benefit the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund will be carried on Entercom’s New York stations including, news WINS (1010), news WCBS (880), sports WFAN-AM/FM (660/101.9), classic hits WCBS-FM (101.1), country WNSH (94.7), and modern rock “Alt 92.3” WNYL, NJ.com reports. iHeartMedia classic rock “Q104.3” WAXQ, and a number of TV outlets in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia will also broadcast the “live from home” event on Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm. The lineup for “Jersey 4 Jersey” includes Bruce Springsteen, Whoopi Goldberg, Danny DeVito, Chris Rock, Jon Bon Jovi, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart, SZA and Halsey.

The Radio Advertising Bureau, as part of its Business Unusual initiative, will host a live online presentation “Leading for Success During and After COVID-19” featuring renowned financial expert and radio host Dave Ramsey. The special live presentation is Tuesday, April 21 at 12pm (CT). Registration is free for RAB Members and for on-demand viewing.

American Public Media Group adult alternative “The Current” KCMP Minneapolis (89.3) has started a new feature, “Live Virtual Sessions,” featuring performances streamed live from artists where they are quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic. The performances are streamed on the station’s Facebook page and later archived on its website. Meanwhile, MPR News host Kerri Miller returns with a live call-in economic special on COVID-19. The two-part series will air across the regional network on Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15 at 2pm.

Hubbard Seattle creates the “Fight Back, Give Back” program to help local charities raise awareness and funds during the COVID-19 crisis. The cluster is donating up to $500,000 worth of commercial airtime in April for messages from non-profit partners. “Fight Back, Give Back is our philanthropic stimulus package,” Director of Sales Michael Fashana said in a release. “We are proud to super-serve our clients, neighbors and community with this complimentary campaign.”

Marketing attribution provider LeadsRx is offering independently owned radio broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada complimentary analysis of their client’s broadcast advertising during the months of April and May. Analysis will include showing increased web traffic after exposure to radio advertising (“web lift”), and segmentation analysis by daypart, advertising creative and more. The program is available to broadcasters with ten or fewer radio stations. Information on the complimentary analysis is available HERE.

Bonneville Seattle launches “Washington: Open For Business,” where local business owners can submit their information to a running list of open businesses and services. “It is our goal to support and inform our community and audience with this special ‘Open For Business’ section on MyNorthwest.com,” Director of Digital Tina Sorensen said in a release.

Sierra H. Broadcasting rhythmic CHR “101.1 The Beat” KNRJ and R&B oldies sister “Mega 104.3” KAJM Phoenix are highlighting local businesses as part of a “For The Valley” campaign. Businesses are invited to submit their information via a form on the station website with selected businesses receiving free promos to let listeners know they’re still open, offering specials or hiring.

Hubbard news WTOP-FM Washington (103.5) and Feed the Fight have launched the “Frontline Heroes” campaign. Listeners are asked to nominate a frontline hero (essential employee or emergency responder) working during the coronavirus crisis. WTOP will award two “Frontline Heroes” a day with $100 each. In addition, for every hero selected WTOP will donate $100 to Feed the Fight, a DC-based nonprofit supporting local restaurants, health care workers and first responders. “WTOP News is so grateful for the opportunity to work with Feed the Fight DC to give back to the community in any way we can,” News and Programming Director Julia Ziegler said in a release. “We want to extend our thanks to all essential personnel and volunteers in our region who are working on the frontlines of this pandemic.”

Crista Media contemporary Christian “Spirit 105.3” KCMS Seattle will host a second “Day of Prayer & Hope” on Wednesday, April 15 from 6am-7pm. During the event, station air personalities and staff will pray for specific topics, while listeners are encouraged to call in to relay their prayer requests. “We have heard our incredible Spirit 105.3 listeners, and we are excited to meet their request to host another Day of Prayer and Hope,” PD Ty McFarland said in a release. “Together, we will strive to continue to remind our community that we can and will get through these challenging times together.”

NRG Media Chairman/CEO Mary Quass released a letter to the industry discussing the company’s course of action during the COVID-19 pandemic. “At NRG Media great local radio means we want to be a part of the lives of our listeners, our businesses, our communities and our people,” she writes. “Great local radio means we stand shoulder to shoulder with our team, the lifeblood of our stations and our brand. They engage and inform our listeners, shop at their businesses and support their communities in both good times and bad. The role our people play is now more important than ever.” View the entire letter HERE.