VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- As news of the Las Vegas shooting reverberated across the country, a local radio host spent his morning making sure his friends and family were safe.
“It’s a tight knit community to the point where there’s probably 15 or 20, maybe even more people that were at that festival that I know,” said Mark McKay, radio host for Virginia Beach-based 97.3 The Eagle.
That tight knit community McKay is referencing is the country music world. He said artists, management teams, record label personnel and other radio stations all know each other.
“It feels like it’s hitting our family for the first time so it’s a lot to take in,” said McKay.
McKay said radio is unique in the sense that listeners can call in and voice their opinion. Monday morning, his station used it as a platform for listeners to call in and vent about the situation.
“In some respects yeah, I think therapeutic so it’s one of the things that makes radio, radio, said McKay. “We live here in the same community as the people who listen to our radio stations so we’re watching the news unfold just like they are, processing it just like they did and reacting just like they would.”
This weekend, the Zac Brown Band will perform at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater. McKay said he doesn’t know if security can be beefed up any more than it already has.
“I don't know that there's anything that can be done, short of people not gathering and that's not going to happen,” said McKay.