Today, public radio stations across America are joining in unison to play John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band’s Give Peace a Chance, a song John and Yoko Ono first sang as part of their protest against the Vietnam War.
A concerted effort by the National Corporation of Broadcasting (NFCB), Public Radio Program Directors (PRPD), and VuHaus, this gesture of hope is intended for the people of Ukraine, as well as all people affected by war. The collaborative undertaking follows the lead of a similar event last week, where 150 public radio stations in Europe used the same song in a plea for hope and understanding.
The CEO of the NFCB Sally Kane told Inside Radio that “radio has always amplified connection, and at this moment in time, we can take action for the people of Ukraine and reinforce the connection we share as human beings.”
Radio stations who join in the peace campaign will all air the rock anthem at 1:30 ET.
Community radio stations in the United States are currently working to follow suit with an echoed campaign of synchronized music and message of support.