Los Angeles has been rendered speechless by the shocking death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., on Sunday morning. And for one minute and eight seconds — the extra time nodding to Bryant’s original No. 8 Lakers jersey — radio stations across the city held a moment of silence Monday (Jan. 27) at noon.
The Southern California Broadcasters Association asked its members to synchronize their moment of silence, as well as continuously airing reminders about the upcoming tribute.
Before noon, the SCBA requested all local area radio stations to repeat this core introductory message for grieving Angelenos listening in: “Right now All LA radio stations are now broadcasting 1:08 minute silence for LA Sports Legend Kobe Bryant,” according to an announcement posted on the association’s website.
Following the 1:08 ambient noise, the association urged each station to continue their regular broadcasting, while keeping the loss of Bryant at the forefront of their unique segments. For music stations, the SCBA suggested, “Think of the first song you are about to play, make sure it’s appropriate and reflects the Sports world’s feelings.”
Moments of silence have been observed all over LA after the sudden death of the NBA All-Star, especially at his home turf of the Staples Center, which hosted the 62nd annual Grammy Awards last night. “As most of you may know, we lost Kobe Bryant in a tragic helicopter accident today,” interm Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. said while opening the Grammy Premiere Ceremony on Sunday. “Since we are in his house, I would ask you to join me in a moment of silence.”