FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
“Public Radio Together For Peace”
To Air Nationwide Friday, March 11Denver, CO (March 9, 2022) – Public radio stations across America will band together in a show of unity to support worldwide peace by airing John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance” this Friday, March 11. At 10:30 am PT/11:30 am MT/12:30 pm CT/1:30 pm ET, public radio member organizations Public Radio Program Directors (PRPD), National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB), and VuHaus Group are encouraging all member radio stations to air the song at that time.
Mike Henry, Paragon CEO, stated, “Public radio stations across America will come together in a simultaneous broadcast of John Lennon’s timeless song of unity, hope and peace, ‘Give Peace a Chance.’ This collective transmission serves to unite public radio listeners from coast to coast in a unified demonstration to support those around the world who are affected by war, reminding all of us that we can collectively amplify support for peace across the globe.”
PRPD President/Executive Director Abby Goldstein said, “PRPD stands with our colleagues in public radio, with all those affected by war and with the people of Ukraine at this time. Collectively, we send this message of peace to everyone willing to listen.”
Sally Kane, CEO of NFCB, added, “Right up there with food, clothing, and shelter – human connection is something we can’t live without. Radio has always amplified connection, and at this moment in time, we can take action for the people of Ukraine and reinforce the connection we share as human beings. It’s the only power we have that can outlast the kind of depravity that has been unleashed. To do nothing in the face of this transgression is to be complicit in its devastation. This is why we take to the airwaves; it’s our sacred duty.”
VuHaus Group COO Chris Kirchner remarked, “On behalf of VuHaus Group, we are proud to join this message of peace and understanding to the people of Ukraine and those impacted by this and other conflicts around the world.”
Participating public radio stations can download all assets from the Paragon website at http://www.paragonmediastrategies.com/. Assets include a :15 second recorded promo and copy to air in advance, a recorded introduction paired with the song audio that will time out at exactly 5 minutes, intro copy and the song audio file for stations that wish to produce or read their own introduction, a graphic image, and a social media playbook for stations to pre-promote the event off-air.
Paragon was founded in 1988 as a consulting and research firm specializing in entertainment and media. Paragon’s specialties include growing media market share, media start-ups, creating new content and media business models, marketing, public media, and maximizing ROI on media properties.
Founder and CEO Mike Henry is a media consultant with 40+ years direct experience with radio, record labels, TV, cable, satellite radio, digital media, emerging technology, media lenders and buyers. Henry is a long-time music and format specialist for Indie Rock, Alternative, Triple A, Urban Alternative and News/Talk/Sports radio stations and networks. Henry is co-founder and Brand Manager of VuHaus Group. Henry won a 2012 Peabody Award as executive producer of the public radio series “Inside the National Recording Registry.”
The Public Radio Program Directors Association is a respected national membership organization that provides training programs, educational opportunities, research and advocacy benefitting public media content and programming leaders, managers and practitioners. PRPD’s members represent over 800 public media outlets, including national networks, broadcasters, content organizations and independent producers. www.prpd.org
Founded in 1975, NFCB is the oldest and largest national organization dedicated to community stations within the public media system. NFCB provides a broad menu of services such as training, advocacy and representation, consulting, and peer-to-peer exchange. For more information visit nfcb.org.
About VuHaus Group
VuHaus Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving public media stations. With greater emphasis on increasing the impact and reach of our station affiliates, VuHaus Group creates meaningful and collaborative branding, editorial, revenue and distribution opportunities. In October 2019, VuHaus.com became Live Sessions on NPR.org, which is still curated and controlled by VuHaus Group and its member stations.
VuHaus Group is supported by seed funding and ongoing grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is operated by its founding partner, Public Media Company, a national non-profit organization focused on maximizing the impact of public media through innovation and strategic partnerships.
VuHaus Group includes public radio stations WFUV in New York City, KCRW in Los Angeles, Vocalo Radio in Chicago, KXT in Dallas/Ft. Worth, WXPN in Philadelphia, WRTI in Philadelphia, GBH in Boston, KING FM in Seattle, Indie 102.3 in Denver, OPB in Portland, KUTX in Austin, KTBG The Bridge in Kansas City, WUNC Music in Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, WMOT in Nashville, WNXP in Nashville, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee in Milwaukee, WNRN in Richmond, Live From Cain’s in Tulsa, Mountain Stage in West Virginia, The Colorado Sound in Fort Collins and KAFM in Grand Junction.
Live Sessions on NPR: https://livesessions.npr.org/
Founder and CEO
Paragon Media Strategies