Philadelphia, PA. – On Wednesday, August 19, 2009 100.3 the BEAT and 107.9 WRNB will broadcast live from the Sound of Philadelphia Souvenir Shop at 309a South Broad Street in Philadelphia from 2pm-6pm inviting listeners to sign a card welcoming Michael Vick to the Philadelphia.
Amidst the controversial signing of Michael Vick to the Philadelphia Eagles, Radio One Philadelphia aims to show support for Vick’s “second chance” at life and his NFL career. The contentious signing has been divisive to say the least, but Radio One Philadelphia’s Operations Manager, Elroy Smith, believes that Michael Vick deserves a second chance. “Michael Vick has a significant opportunity to not only write an empowering redemption story, but to also make a positive impact within the Philadelphia Community,” Smith states. “There is a resounding majority of ex-offenders in Philadelphia looking for a genuine second chance at life. Vick can be that role model that illustrates a successful and positive life after incarceration while also speaking out against dog fighting rings which is prevalent here in Philadelphia.”
As a demonstration of this support, 100.3 the BEAT’s Poochman and 107.9’s Lady B will broadcast live from the Sound of Philadelphia Souvenir Shop from 2pm-6pm encouraging all Michael Vick supporters and fans to sign a “Welcome to Philadelphia Card.”
“Our message is not to endorse the horrific wrong that has been done, but to support a man that seems genuine in his pursuit to right those very wrongs,” says Smith. “He has satisfied his debt to society, been reinstated to the NFL, and Radio One welcomes Michael Vick to Philadelphia.”