Many types of tragedies affect listeners. Radio stations can’t plan for tragedies, but music stations can be prepared for artist and celebrity deaths. However, it’s particularly challenging when a celebrity ends their life by suicide. It gets complicated.
in this article, I suggest ideas for stations to consider when talking about celebrity suicide and depression on the air. Including:
- Deciding whether to discuss suicide at all, and if so, what is appropriate?
- How to stay in character while reflecting this type of tragedy.
- Connecting with listeners through personal stories about depression.
- An amazing example of a personal bout with depression from Free Beer & Hot Wings.