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.


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