WGTS Reaches Out Following D.C. Navy Yard Shooting
September 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM (PT)
WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY Contemporary Christian WGTS (91.9)/WASHINGTON, D.C. responded quickly following the shooting at the NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND headquarters offering updates, information and hope.
The senseless tragedy, which left 13 dead and at least eight injured, happened just a few miles from the WHITE HOUSE, a half-mile from the CAPITOL, and right in the middle of the WGTS listening audience.
Dir./Prom.-morning show host/JERRY WOODS tells ALL ACCESS, "The station has been moving swiftly. We had our chaplains on the air almost immediately just bringing words of comfort and telling people that we're here for them. Our chaplains and staff members also spent part of the day fielding calls from other stations who wanted a perspective from WASHINGTON, D.C. We actually ended up recording some audio from CHAPLAIN TERRY JOHNSSON talking about how Christians cope with pain and suffering and how to talk to your kids. TERRY is a trained crisis counselor who served in the honor guard for three presidents. He also was the first grief counselor called in after 9-11, so he has lots of experience in tough situations. We also utilized FACEBOOK, where we provided contact numbers so people could make sure their family members who worked at NAVY YARD were okay, and provided a guide on how to deal with crisis. Listeners also reached out and provided comfort for each other on our PRAYERWORKS social media platform."
Check out the WGTS CRISIS RECOVERY GUIDE. The WGTS staff, their listeners and the entire WASHINGTON/BALTIMORE area are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.