iHeartMedia/Orlando Rises To The Occasion In Wake Of Pulse Tragedy
June 14, 2016 at 12:01 PM (PT)
iHEARTMEDIA/ORLANDO stations came together to serve their listening community in the wake of SUNDAY morning's tragedy at the PULSE nightclub. Every station in the market began wall-to-wall coverage of breaking news from News/Talk station WFLF (102.5 WFLA). Regional SVP Programming CHRIS KAMPMEIER called every station PD by 8:30a to coordinate coverage.
Classic Rock/TalkRadio WTKS (REAL RADIO 104.1) was on-air first with a collection of marquee talents followed by Top 40 WXXL (XL1067), Active Rock WJRR (101ONE), Spanish WRUM (RUMBA 100.3) and AC WMGF (MAGIC 107.7) with live talent all day broadcasing breaking news commercial-free.
All iHEARTRADIO stations in the area banded together and sent out water, food and shade in the form of station tents to lines of people all over ORLANDO waiting to donate blood or in need of therapy.
Stations and media from all over the world checked in, including iHEARTRADIO stations in BOSTON, NEW YORK, MINNEAPOLIS, L.A., DETROIT, SAN DIEGO and the BBC in LONDON. On-air talents like RYAN SEACREST, ELVIS DURAN, MATTY and MOJO were all covering the story. ELVIS DURAN sent FROGGY to broadcast live out of the WXXL building MONDAY.
Starting yesterday, iHEARTRADIO/ORLANDO resumed live broadcasts all day on all stations, while continuing to provide water, food and shade to more locations.
Commented WXXL PD BRIAN MACK, "We’re still trying to get behind local efforts and vigils and more … There are still things happening, although we’re slowly starting to get back into music and commercials now."