The station plans to air Stop the Violence: Conflicts and Solutions in HD at 6:30 p.m. The special is being hosted by Ron Magers and Cheryl Burton, and is being joined by reporters Charles Thomas and Paul Meincke. WLS aired a similar special last spring after 16 year-old Blair Holt was gunned down on a CTA bus by a gang member.
This is the second special to air this month regarding youth violence in Chicago – on May 10, WBBM-TV air a two-hour town hall meeting on the subject
Thought: Although I was only able to catch the last hour of the WBBM-TV special on May 10, the WBBM squad did a good job in moderating the debate on youth violence, with community leaders and residents interacting with each other trying to find solutions. I plan to view the entire special online at cbs2chicago.com (look in the video library and the May 11th date), and come back with a full review in the coming days ahead.
As for these specials, Chicago’s local stations are moving in the right direction is discussing issues vital to our communities, though there is room for improvement (how about airing these type of specials in prime-time?)