Urban Radio Helps Keep Charlotte Calm During Protests
September 23, 2016 at 6:57 AM (PT)
Urban radio in CHARLOTTE has kept listeners informed during the unrest in the city. The majority of the protests have been peaceful concerning the recent CHARLOTTE police officer shooting death of KEITH LAMONT SCOTT. However, a combination of police tactical response and reaction from some protesters have produced random violence and one other death over the last few days.
BEASLEY MEDIA GROUP OM/PD JEFF ANDERSON told ALL ACCESS, “We've been giving updates on both WPEG and WBAV, we've had local officials and prominent community activists on to speak. Opened up phones. Had our team safely in areas to capture the vibe of the city. The stations have attended peaceful visuals and rally's that happened before the violence they showed on CNN. We are working on getting some of the local stars on air to speak on keeping the peace. Our social media and online team have been keeping things updated. We’ve encouraged people to stay safe and work from home if that option is available. Also, during the STEVE HARVEY MORNING SHOW on WBAV, we have done live cut-ins with local news coverage.
RADIO ONE PD MARY K said, “Our stations WQNC, WOSF, WPZS are keeping the public informed and updated on everything. Keeping people calm and safe is very important in a situation like this. We have had various faith based, business, and political leaders on our airwaves to help us in our efforts. REACH MEDIA’s (subsidiary of RADIO ONE) syndicated Inspirational THE NIGHTLY SPIRIT with DARLENE MCCOY has come to town in support.
MCCOY told ALL ACCESS, “I have had the privilege to broadcast live and attend a Prayer Vigil at RIVER CATHEDRAL CHURCH in CHARLOTTE. Many of the local clergy were there. And last night (9/22) I did a live broadcast from the JOHNSON C. SMITH UNIVERSITY campus.”
“The students did a peaceful protest. They are very focused on maintaining peace and demonstrating in a way that they will be heard and respected because people from other states and cities who are not even CHARLOTTE citizens are tearing up their city and they are very upset at the destruction of their city.”