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WMOT Joins National George Floyd Rememberance By Radio on Tuesday

On Tuesday, June 9 at 2 p.m., WMOT joins radio stations nationwide to play Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” in commemoration of the life of George Floyd.

Floyd’s gruesome killing May 25 has been the focus of international protests. Many communities are struggling with the issues raised by his death, including racial injustice and police misconduct. On June 9, Floyd will be laid to rest at a private ceremony in Houston, his hometown.

Participating stations will broadcast the Civil Rights Movement anthem at the same time that afternoon, coast-to-coast.

"Music is healing, and speaks for us when there are no words," said Val Hoeppner, WMOT executive director. "We come together with stations nationwide to grieve, act and heal as a community and a nation."

The nationwide remembrance was organized by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. "As our country deals with the hurt and outrage of what happened to George Floyd, these stations are in their communities, feeling this sorrow too," said NFCB Program Director Ernesto Aguilar. "Stations together will play a song to speak as a unified voice for change, justice and love."

Listeners can tune in to WMOT 89.5 FM at 2 p.m. CDT to be part of Tuesday’s event.

Val Hoeppner is the executive director of WMOT 89.5, executive producer of Wired In, 895 Fest, 895 Sessions, 895 Feast and the AmericanaFest Day Stage presented by WMOT, World Cafe and NPR Music. Hoeppner joined WMOT in 2014 and helped transition WMOT from mixed format to American Roots in 2016.