Cumulus Stations Cover Tragic Albuquerque Shooting
October 26, 2015 at 1:15 PM (PT)
A pair of CUMULUS stations in ALBUQUERQUE, NM, helped the city process its grief over a senseless crime when a four-year-old girl was shot and killed last week in a road rage incident.
Both CUMULUS News Talk KKOB-A (770) and Top 40 KKOB-F (93.3 KOB-FM) were there to help ALBUQUERQUE come to terms with the tragedy . The city's Police Chief GORDON EDEN called in to KKOB-AM when Morning Show Host BOB CLARK was talking about the story with listeners, who phoned in to share their anger, pain and frustration. The show helped illuminate the station's importance to its audience in the local community.
CUMULUS ALBUQUERQUE AM Operations Manager PAT FRISCH commented: "770 KKOB is a vital part of NEW MEXICO and that could not have been more evident when Police Chief EDEN called in and said, 'We know that 770 is heard around the SOUTHWEST and we need your help in tracking down truckers who may have witnessed the road rage shooting.'"
The following morning, KOB-FM's CARLOS & KIKI responded with real and raw emotion taking heartfelt calls from the community ranging from topics including: "Why we need to hug our kids" to "Tips on the shooter"-- and reached out to the family who lost their child to share the GOFUNDME account with their listeners.
The account raised an astounding $40,000 before noon, and ultimately raised more than $66,000. The media responded quickly with news coverage of the huge response to the outpouring of support from CARLOS & KIKI's listeners. Last WEDNESDAY (OCTOBER 21st), a person of interest was arrested and 770 KKOB broke the story during the afternoon show.
Here's a YOUTUBE clip of CARLOS & KIKI being interviewed local TV station, KOAT 7.