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Taking The Sting Out Of The COVID-19 Vaccine
Mon, 17 May 2021

People who signed up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio were treated to some classical music to help take the sting out of getting the shot.

WGUC and Cincinnati Public Radio partnered with the Urban League for the City of Cincinnati and Hamilton County “Get Out The Vax” campaign Sunday, May 16.

“Cincinnati Public Radio is always looking for ways to provide a service to the community. We were proud to partner with the Urban League,” said Cincinnati Public Radio Vice President of Content Jenell Walton. “WGUC hosts Elaine Diehl and Brian O’Donnell were on the air encouraging listeners to stop by the Urban League to get vaccinated.”

WGUC evening host Andy Ellis was at the Urban League headquarters at 3458 Reading Road to greet listeners and visitors during the vaccine clinic.

“I realize getting a shot is not the most exciting thing in the world,” Ellis said. “WGUC music was playing during the event. It was fun to see so many people smiling when they walked inside the building, heard the classical music and realized they were in for a special treat.”

Ellis was joined by Cincinnati Public Radio Community Events and Volunteer Coordinator Katie Query.

The partnership was also an opportunity to introduce classical music to new audiences. WGUC Classical Music Director Jessica Lorey created a special playlist for the community engagement event. Several African American compositions including William Grant Still’s “Miss Sally’s Party,” James Tim Brymn “Cocoanut Grove Jazz,” and Devonte Hynes “For All Its Fury: Press” were part of the specially curated playlist.

WGUC promoted the event on its social media channels and over the air. Visitors also received a swag bag filled with a WGUC mask, pop sockets and other goodies.

The Urban League pop-up vaccine site is open each Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. You do not need an appointment. If you’d prefer to make an appointment, text the word vaccine to 797979.

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