Scott Stevens at New Country 107.9 WYYD is known for doing silly things that silly radio people sometimes do, and has for years. But more often than not, there is an organization or group behind the reason for the silliness. Whether crying on the air for two days sharing stories about the wonderful kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital so you will give your money to the cause, or begging you for bikes, coats and shoes at Christmas for the less fortunate kids in our area... He is always up for a stunt if it helps someone.
On Friday, July 6th at 4 pm, he is at it again. For 24 hours straight, Scott will be at the Salem Fair entrance asking you to give him a high five. He is looking to break the world record of high fives in a 24 hour period, currently a record held in Australia at 14,507. But as always, there is a reason for his stunt. The reason this time is suicide prevention. Recently we’ve heard the news stories about high profile suicides and suicides being up in almost all age brackets nationwide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is working diligently to stop this. They will be on hand all 24 hours to help keep Scott awake and to offer information about their work to prevent suicide, to support survivors, and to educate counselors. They will also have donation buckets if you want to donate, but a donation is not required to high five. More importantly, they want to create awareness that "Talk Saves Lives," what YOU can do to prevent suicide, how to watch for risk and warning signs of suicide, and how together, we can help prevent it.
While we are there we will be giving away a package from our sponsor Sportsman's Warehouse worth hundreds of dollars. A six person tent, Yetti Cooler, sleeping bag, a cot and much more! Just sign up!
So get out the hand sanitizer and stop by the Salem Fair between 4pm on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th at 4 pm and give a high five, maybe give some coins or a couple of bucks to help pay for education of counselors and support of survivors, and help #StopSuicide now! That way, we do not have to lose a friend, a family member or loved one to suicide ever again.
(About Scott) Scott Stevens is the Program Director and afternoon talent at 107.9 WYYD, an iHeartRadio station. He has been in the radio business for more than 25 years and has worked throughout Southwest and Central Virginia, as well as the greater Atlanta, Georgia radio market. He has worked with more than 20 charitable organizations through the years in promoting their fundraising and philanthropy efforts.
More information on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention HERE.
If you or someone you know is thinking of Suicide, please call:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741