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Entercom Announces Live Two-Hour Broadcast of "I'm Listening" Special for Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention to Air on All of Its Stations Nationwide


Pearl Jam, Michael Phelps, Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park and
Alessia Cara to Participate in On-Air Broadcast on September 9 to Kick
Off National Suicide Prevention Week

Entercom announced today a two-hour live commercial-free broadcast
special to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention
as part of its multi-platform "I'm Listening" campaign. The "I'm
Listening" broadcast will air across all of the company's stations
nationwide on Sunday, September 9 at 7:00 a.m. in their respective time
zone, and via their livestreams on, to mark the start of
National Suicide Prevention Week. The year-long campaign also includes
suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and a dedicated website with
information and resources to end the stigma around mental health

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The special will be led on-air by BJ Shea, on-air personality for 99.9
KISW (KISW-FM) in Seattle, and will highlight personal stories from
artists and celebrities. Guests will include medical experts Dr. Chris
Nowinski, co-founder and executive director of Concussion Legacy
Foundation and Dr. Ursula Whiteside, clinical psychologist, CEO of Listeners will have the opportunity to participate
via a live call-in option and interactive website.

Musicians and celebrities connected to the cause will also join the
conversation about mental health. Guests scheduled to join the program
include Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, Pearl Jam; Michael Phelps,
Olympic swimmer and 23-time gold medal winner; Mike Shinoda, Linkin
Park; Alessia Cara, Grammy Award-winning artist; Jared Leto, Academy
Award-winning actor and lead singer of Thirty Seconds To Mars; Bebe
Rexha; Charlie Puth; Stone Temple Pilots; Brantley Gilbert; Lzzy Hale,
Halestorm; Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind; and Conor Mason, Nothing
But Thieves, among others.

"'I'm Listening' is one of our signature productions meant to save
lives, while simultaneously creating awareness for this truly lethal
silent threat," said Pat Paxton, President of Programming, Entercom.
"The number of people impacted by mental health issues is
staggering. The effect it has on their lives, and lives of their friends
and families is devastating. If we help save just one life or help
remove the stigma around mental illness, our time will have been well
spent. We can't solve this issue during one program, but we can be part
of a vast network working every day to help and serve those affected."

In addition to celebrity guests and medical expert interviews, the
special will feature discussions around how to discuss mental health and
suicide with family and friends, what all of us can do to prevent
suicide, what to do if you or someone you know is struggling with
depression, how to get involved in suicide prevention in your local
community and where to go for help.

"I'm thrilled to serve as a medical expert on the live panel for ‘I'm
Listening,'" said Dr. Ursula Whiteside. "Hearing stories about peoples'
lives help us understand suicide and suicidal thoughts, so we can
approach this topic with people we care about. Partnering with Entercom
allows us to reach a large nationwide audience to share insights and
information from suicide research and about brain health and mental
wellness. I look forward to answering questions via phone and providing
resources even after the on-air broadcast has concluded. This is
critical given that suicide is something that 4% of
Americans seriously consider."

"In my forthcoming album ‘The Pains of Growing,' I touch on being lost
and lonely and stuck inside my head," said Grammy Award-winning artist
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

Following the suicide of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, bandmate Mike
Shinoda released his first solo album, "Post Traumatic" – "a journey out
of grief and darkness – an album about healing," said Shinoda. "In most
parts of the world, suicide claims more lives than war, murder and
natural disasters combined. I hope that sharing my personal story, in
music and conversation, helps open up the door to new discussions and
awareness about mental health."

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the 10th
leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 50 percent of people in the
U.S. will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point
in their life. Approximately one in five U.S. adults experience mental
health issues in a given year, and one in five children have experienced
or will experience mental illness in their life. Mental health affects
everyone regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual

For more information about the campaign, please visit
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Follow the conversation on Twitter and Instagram (@ImListening_org)
using the hashtag #ImListening.

If someone you know is going through a crisis, please call the National
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis
Text Line
by texting TALK to 741-741.

Entercom is a leading media and entertainment company and the nation's
unrivaled leader in news and sports radio.

About Entercom Communications Corp.

Entercom Communications Corp. (NYSE:ETM) is a leading American media
and entertainment company reaching and engaging over 100 million people
each week through its premier collection of highly rated, award winning
radio stations, digital platforms and live events. As one of the
country's two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom offers integrated
marketing solutions and delivers the power of local connection on a
national scale with coverage of close to 90% of persons 12+ in the top
50 markets. Entercom is the #1 creator of live, original, local audio
content and the nation's unrivaled leader in news and sports radio.
Learn more about Philadelphia-based Entercom at,
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