Thanks to Dave (President) and Mary Hoxeng (GM) and also Kevin King (PD) at WYCT, Pensacola for sharing their plan of action for when the Pope dies:
Pre-record the "scripts" below and record it until it soundsnatural. Be watching CNN or CNN Headline News.When we get confirmed word that the Pope has died, Fade out the song that is playing, and read this cold-(No, do not wait for a "break".)
We just heard from the Vatican that the Pope has passed. So, in respect for this man of God, beloved by billions, we pause to reflecton this great man's life and all that he has done for humanity.
Do 15 seconds of silence. Then, play this cold:
His Holiness Pope John Paul the Second was born in 1920 near Cracow (CRACK-OW), Poland. He was ordained a Priest in 1946. He becamePope in October of 1978, at the age of 58. As the Father of the Catholic Faithful, Pope John Paul the Second published five books, and has completed over 100 visits outside Italy. He was very involved with the youth of the world. We join millions of Catholics in mourning his passing.
5 seconds of silence
Then, play: "Go Rest High on the Mountain" (by Vice Gill). Follow it with (no jingle): "That's What I Love about Sunday" (by CraigMorgan).
After you start the Vince Gill song, call your PD to decide if you should take calls on-air about the Pope's passing. (Depends on who's on the air and if they can handle it tastefully)
For the following two hours, please mention the Pope's passing every 15-20minutes. Here are two "scripts" that you can work from:
If you haven't heard the news, the Pope passed away at__________ (time). He will be remembered as God's Ambassador who did great things for mankind.
If you haven't heard the news, the Pope passed away at__________ (time). He was beloved by millions and was a great man of God.
These comments can be made over a music "bed", but use care in the selection of the bed.
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