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Chicago Radio Stations Go Wall-to-Wall with Rahm Town Hall (Illinois Broadcasters Association, Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland)

Topic: Politics and Election Coverage

The Illinois Broadcasters Association and Radio Broadcasters of Chicagoland spearheaded a 30-minute commercial-free “roadblock” for more than 40 radio stations to air “Chicago Radio Town Hall Meeting” featuring Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Listeners submitted questions in advance online and via social media with the hashtag #ChicagoRadio. The program was the result of a year’s worth of planning. “I recently asked the leaders of Chicago-area radio stations to utilize their powerful platforms and tremendous reach to motivate Chicagoans to take a more active role in making our city stronger,” Emanuel said. “They answered the call with this unique broadcast opportunity.”

“Radio stations have a unique ability to create a meaningful conversation because of the intimate relationship the medium has with its audience,” said Univsion Chicago General Manager Doug Levy. “I am proud that we are leading the dialogue about how to solve some of our biggest problems and take full advantage of some of our greatest strengths.”

Dennis Lyle, president and CEO of the IBA, said in a statement: “The fact the most popular radio stations in Chicago are willing to set aside regular programming and commercial inventory to air this 30-minute conversation with the mayor is a prime example of local broadcasters doing what they do best — serving the needs of their listeners within their communities of license.”


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