On Tuesday, June 9, George Floyd will be laid to rest at a private ceremony in Houston. His death has been the focus of international protests. Many communities are struggling with the issues raised by his death, including racial injustice and police misconduct.
Music is healing. It ushers us into remembrance and reflection. It speaks for us sometimes when there are no words. That is why NFCB is inviting all radio stations to band together on the day of George Floyd’s funeral to share a song.
On Tuesday, June 9, at 3 p.m. Eastern / 2 Central / 1Mountain / noon Pacific / 9 a.m. Hawaii, stations around the nation will come together to play “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke. The Civil Rights Movement anthem today symbolizes hope unbroken.
NFCB recognizes that, due to the pandemic, many stations are running on automation or with limited capacity. We have produced the following introductory spot for use in your automation system.
In addition, NFCB has produced social media images and language now available for stations based on your time zone. You can download these materials here. Please edit to meet your local needs.
Need inspiration to write to your listeners about the day? Here is WTJU’s letter to its audience.
Given the ongoing news cycle and the national effort here, stations are encouraged to contact their local media to inform them about their participation. Community media’s commitment to an inclusive, democratic America is long-standing. If you need a press announcement, you can get a sample here. Please edit to meet your local needs.
If your station is participating, please email Ernesto Aguilar. We would love to list you and thank all the stations afterward. If you would like a thank-you card for your station, send your mailing address too.