On Monday (Aug. 27) morning, Entercom announced a live, commercial-free broadcast special to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention as a part of its I'm Listening campaign.
The Sept. 9 broadcast will feature numerous music, film and sports luminaries, including Mike McCready and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Alessia Cara, Academy Award-winning actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto, Bebe Rexha, Charlie Puth, Stone Temple Pilots, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind and more. Hosted by Seattle KISW-FM personality BJ Shea, the show will also feature clinical psychologist and NowMattersNow.org CEO Dr. Ursula Whiteside and Dr. Chris Nowinksi, co-founder and executive director of Concussion Legacy Foundation.
“In my forthcoming album The Pains of Growing, I touch on being lost and lonely and stuck inside my head,” said "Growing Pains" singer Alessia Cara. “I’ve recently dealt with anxiety – and understand what it was. I definitely want to reach as many people as I can, and will do so by partnering with Entercom and so many influential names connected to the cause. Hopefully, if I talk about mental health, it’ll help other people to talk about it… we’re all a lot more similar than we think we are.”