WBEZ to Co-Host Live Simulcast on Chicago Gun Violence with WVON


CONTACT:  Vanessa Grisko | vgrisko@grisko.com| (312) 724-8113


Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, community leaders to
take questions from listeners

CHICAGO (Dec. 13, 2016)In a unique Chicago radio collaboration,WBEZ Chicago will partner with WVON to simultaneously broadcast a three-hour live discussion about the gun violence epidemic in Chicago’s neighborhoods, titled The View From My Block. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will join community leaders in a dialogue with the public about solutions for the ongoing violence and keeping residents safe. Listeners will have the opportunity to share their perspective or ask questions by calling in to the broadcast or tweeting, using the hashtag #myblock.

This conversation comes at a vital time as Chicago hits a grim milestone of 700 homicides in 2016. WBEZ and WVON are leading voices in the Chicago community and are committed to providing a forum for city leaders and the public to come together and discuss solutions to the issues impacting our city.

Who:Hosts Tony Sarabia, WBEZ and Perri Small, WVON. The panel will include Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, Rev. Otis Moss of Trinity United Church of Christ, activist Ja’Mal Green, retired police officer Pat Hill

What:Simulcast from WVON, WBEZ discussing neighborhood gun violence with guest panel, addressing questions from live calls and tweets using hashtag #myblock

When: Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 9:00 a.m. to noon

Where: WVON Studio– tune in to 91.5 FM tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., stream on WBEZ.orgor download the WBEZ app to listen and participate in the conversation.

Contact:Vanessa Grisko, vgrisko@grisko.com, (312) 724-8113


About WBEZ Chicago

WBEZ 91.5 Chicago is the region’s premier hub for public media and NPR programming, consistently delivering high quality journalism and original, unique content on the airwaves and across digital platforms. We are committed to our mission to nourish and drive the public conversation by telling stories that provoke thought, entertain, capture emotion and inspire action. In addition to in-depth investigative reporting from our expanding team of journalists, WBEZ produces The Morning Shift and Worldview and has launched nationally acclaimed programs including This American Life, Serial, Sound Opinions and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! (a co-production with NPR). Learn more about WBEZ Chicago, our award-winning programming and on-demand digital content at wbez.orgFacebook, Twitter, and the WBEZ app available in the App Storeand Google Play.