WGCI, City of Chicago Partner for MD Stay At Home Weekend
|RADIO ONLINE | Friday, May 22, 2020|
The City of Chicago is partnering with iHeartMedia's Urban WGCI-FM for two days of virtual entertainment to encourage residents to stay home while experiencing music and culture over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. As the official start of summer, Memorial Day weekend is traditionally filled with outdoor events and large gatherings. Under the Stay at Home order and CDC guidelines prohibiting gatherings of over 10 people, the virtual entertainment will provide Chicagoans with an online opportunity to engage and celebrate the weekend at home.
"As we navigate these unprecedented times we have to reimagine how we can safely celebrate important moments in our lives and memorialize our history and loved ones," said Chicago's Chief Equity Officer Candace Moore. "I am excited for this creative partnership with iHeartMedia Chicago and 107.5 WGCI that will provide a platform for Chicagoans to celebrate the holiday through a medium that is accessible and trusted. This will provide great entertainment over the weekend and continue to drive home the message about the importance of social distancing in controlling the spread COVID-19 and ultimately preparing us for recovery."
The 107.5 WGCI Stay at Home Weekend starts Saturday with an Instagram Battle between two of Chicago's own hip hop artists, GHerbo (@nolimiteherbo) and Lil Durk (@durkioworld). Starting at 8pm the two rappers will go song-for-song for the title of Stay at Home Weekend Rap King.
"I am honored to have the privilege of partnering with the City of Chicago in its mission of promoting the health and safety of our community during this critical time," said iHeartMedia's Chicago Region President Matt Scarano. "As a broadcaster it is our responsibility to engage in continuous collaboration with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicagoland community."
On Sunday the Stay at Home Weekend continues with a virtual comedy tour hosted by 107.5 WGCI's Leon Rogers. This virtual show will feature comedians, Just Nesh, Dawn B, Lavar Walker, Correy B, and Damon Williams. Damon Williams, Correy B, and Dawn B, along with Sherri Shepard were also part of the #butSeriously campaign using humor to reach diverse audiences about the seriousness of the novel coronavirus especially in African American communities.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City launched the Stay Home, Save Lives campaign to inform residents about how they can stay healthy and do their part to bend the curve of the virus. For more information and updates on COVID-19, visit Chicago.gov/coronavirus.
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