The City of Chicago and iHeartMedia Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI Partner for Memorial Day Stay at Home Weekend
Virtual entertainment celebration for Memorial Day weekend encourages residents to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19
CHICAGO - The City of Chicago is partnering with iHeartMedia Chicago’s 107.5 WGCI for two days of virtual entertainment to encourage residents to stay home while still enjoying themselves and 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 Candace Moore, Chicago’s Chief Equity Officer. “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 8 pm these two critically acclaimed and wildly popular 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 Matt Scarano, President of iHeartMedia’s Chicago Region. “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. The campaign, conceived by Contender Labs and created in partnership with Spin Artist and Content Farm, leverages the hashtag #butSeriously to highlight how key lifesaving information is often not reaching those who need to hear it most, reminds us of the role each of us plays in stopping the spread of the virus, and emphasizes the devastating effects of COVID-19 especially has in Black and Brown communities. This insightful and creative campaign is anchored by a series of social media videos that feature some of Chicago’s funniest comedians giving their insightful and more lighthearted point of view on the crisis now facing us, followed by a flip to #butSeriously, and a conversational plea for everybody to #stayhomesavelives.
107.5 WGCI Stay at Home Weekend Lineup:
Saturday, May 23, 8 pm
- 107.5 WGCI IG Battle
- GHerbo v. Lil Durk
- IG Live @nolimiteherbo, @durkioworld
Sunday, May 24, 7-8 pm
- 107.5 WGCI Comedy Hour Tour
- Featuring Just Nesh (@justnesh), Dawn B (@dawnbfunny), Lavar Walker (@lavarwalker), Correy B (@correyb), and Damon Williams (@damonwilliamscomedy)
- Hosted by 107.5 WGCI’s Leon Rogers
- Zoom Live Stream: Webinar ID: 933 5922 0097, Password: 836344
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, text COVID19 to 78015, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Chicago.gov/coronavirus.
About iHeartMedia Chicago
iHeartMedia Chicago owns and operates WGCI-FM, WLIT-FM, WEBG-FM, WVAZ-FM, WKSC-FM and WGRB-AM, and is part of iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 850 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; through its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; other digital products and newsletters; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio product, using data from its massive consumer base. Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.