Abby Bonell

Abby Bonell

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iHeartRadio Communities - Admiral Terry "T" McCreary, Jane Randel (Karp Randel & NO MORE)

iHeartRadio Communities - Crystal Carson (When We All Vote), Marc Morial (Urban League)

• Crystal Carson, Vice President of Communications, Culture and Media Partnerships at When We All Vote talked about the nonpartisan nonprofit that brings together citizens, institutions, brands, and organizations to increase participation in every election. Launched by Michelle Obama, the organization is committed to closing the race and age voting gap and empowering all eligible voters to cast their ballot by harnessing grassroots energy, establishing strategic partnerships, and implementing digital organizing strategies, with the ultimate goal of changing the culture around voting.

• Marc Morial, Urban League President stressed how this election is one people have to vote. Morial talked about the enthusiasm gap between Black male Voters verses the general population. He discussed voter suppression and election protection at the polls.

iHeartRadio Communities - Dr. Judy Monroe (CDC Foundation), Andrea Hailey (CEO,

Dr. Judy Monroe, head of the CDC Foundation & advisor to the Pandemic Action Network discussed where are we on the COVID-19 response both in the United States and globally. She talked about holiday gatherings in 2020 and where the greatest needs are for on-the-ground response to COVID-19.

Andrea Hailey, CEO, talked about voting trends so far in 2020 and how COVID-19 is impacting our elections. She also discussed how foreign governments can influence an election in the US.

iHeartRadio Communities - Myra Biblowit (Breast Cancer Research Foundation), John Zogby (John Zogby Strategies)

• Myra Biblowit, Breast Cancer Research Foundation President & CEO. Biblowit talked about what makes BCRF unique and the biggest changes in breast cancer research over the last two decades. She discussed some of the challenges facing the breast cancer community in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and how listeners can best help support BCRF.

• John Zogby, Founder & Senior Partner John Zogby Strategies. Zogby is a pollster, author, trend-spotter, and thought leader. He’s widely regarded as one of the most accurate pollsters in the world and discussed the strategies and accuracy of polling in 2020 in both local and national elections and the pandemic’s effect on polling participation. He talked about how every campaign – whether political, public relations, branding, or capital development – needs a well-crafted survey and data to discover the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that lie ahead.

iHeartRadio Communities - William Schaffner (National Foundation Infectious Disease), Jessica Levinson (Professor of Election Law)

• William Schaffner, MD, National Foundation Infectious Disease Medical Director discussed influenza vaccine coverage data from the 2019-2020 US influenza season. He highlighted the importance of influenza and pneumococcal disease prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic and why most everybody should be getting a flu shot this year.

• Jessica Levinson – Professor of Election Law at Loyola Law School and Contributor to NBC News THINK. With the 2020 Election less than month away, Levinson discussed voting law and ethics in the United States. She talked about the different types of voter suppression and how to make sure your vote counts.

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iHeartRadio Communities - Kate Dischino (Americares preparedness), Shari Sinwelski (National Networks)

• Kate Dischino, VP of emergency programs and Americares preparedness discussed response and recovery programs in the U.S. and around the world related to wildfires, hurricanes and other natural disasters. Dischino is responsible for deploying emergency response teams, coordinating large scale deliveries of medicines and relief supplies and implementing recovery programs that restore health services for disaster survivors. She talked about the Bob Cat Fire in California as well as the Oregon and Washington wildfires with a focus on victims needs and how people can help.

• Shari Sinwelski, Vice President of National Networks, Vibrant Emotional Health and Deputy Director, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where she oversees networks operations, standards, training and practices for its network of 165 crisis centers. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and this year it’s even more important to discuss mental health as both the CDC and WHO have stated that our mental health is “languishing” amid the COVID-19 pandemic and issued warnings about its possible effects on suicidal behaviors. Sinwelski discussed how people can maintain hope if they are feeling suicidal and where they can get help.

• Hosted by: iHeartMedia's Ryan Gorman

iHeartRadio Communities - John Sykes (iHeartRadio), Mike Ward (Democracy Works)

• John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia. Sykes discussed the iHeartMedia Why I’m Voting campaign along with the aid of musicians, athletes, cultural influencers and others to share what matters to them the most in the upcoming election season. Listeners will also submit reasons for voting. Why I’m Voting will run across all of iHeartMedia platforms and markets through election day, Tuesday November 3, 2020. Listeners can submit their own 20 second or less audio or video message at

• Mike Ward, VP Voter Engagement at Democracy Works. Democracy Works is a team of software developers, public policy wonks, and civic organizers building the tools needed to upgrade the infrastructure of our democracy. Ward discussed their vision of making voting a simple, seamless experience for all Americans so that no one misses an election. Ward talked about how and why they are building the tools needed in 2020 to upgrade the infrastructure of our systems to improve the voting experience for voters and election officials alike. He discussed some specific challenges to voting in 2020 during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

iHeartRadio Communities - 9/11 special

•Q104.3’s Shelli Sonstein guest hosts a 9/11 iHeartCommunities public affairs special from New York.

•Daniel Nigro is the Commissioner of the Fire Department of New York. He discussed how 9/11 is being remembered in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The FDNY has increased the size of its World Trade Center memorial wall at its Brooklyn headquarters as they prepare to add the names of 27 more members who died of illnesses linked to the toxic air at Ground Zero during the rescue and recovery efforts.

•Stephen Siller is the CEO and President of the Frank Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s mission is to honor the sacrifice of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. To date, The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has spent over $250 million to honor and support our first responders and their families. Vice President Pence will speak peak at Tunnel to Towers September 11 Memorial Ceremony and be joined by families of 9/11 victims to honor the lives lost in 2001. Siller discussed the foundation and talked about the 2020 Never Forget Virtual Challenge.

iHeartRadio Communities - September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

•David Paine is the president and co-founder of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, (“9/11 Day”).
•Jay S. Winuk is a nationally recognized inspirational speaker and public relations executive. He is the co-founder of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, (“9/11 Day”). On September 11, 2001, Jay lost his younger brother Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter/EMT, who ran from a position of safety into the WTC South Tower.
•David and Jay discussed their 9/11 Day organization and a major new initiative in response to COVID-19, called “9/11 Day At Home.” This initiative features a new digital platform, at, that enables millions of Americans to engage in a wide range of charitable service activities virtually, and from the safety of their homes, in observance of 9/11 Day, the nation’s largest annual day of service.