Doing what they should be doing when a community in is crisis, WGCI-FM abruptly stopped playing music this afternoon and evening to address the shootings and killings that has plagued Chicago’s minority communities over the past week. The impromptu move came after five people were gunned down inside a house on Chicago’s South Side this afternoon.
WGCI invited leaders from the African-American community to talk to callers and discuss their stories, and try to increase the peace in some of the city’s worst neighborhoods.
The shootings and killings have also brought something Chicago’s leaders clearly didn’t want: A national public relations nightmare, especially with the city competing for the 2016 Olympics.
Yours truly will address the local and national media’s handling of the violence in a future Think Tank.