In a bid to quickly come to the rescue to of several journalists of a local community radio station in Nimba County, Radio Saclepea, who were confirmed positive of the deadly Coronavirus and are confined at their radio station without the needy requirement have been rescued by a local radio talk show host in collaboration with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) through the launch of an ‘SOS’ call to the public via the radio station raised thousands of Liberian dollars and some United States dollars.
On Thursday, April 24, 2020, one of the hosts of the OK FM Morning Show, Clarence Jackson announced on his show an ‘SOS’ call for journalists in Nimba County who were reportedly confirmed at their radio station after they were reportedly tested positive of the virus, and were also complaining of the lack of support from county authorities to provide them with the needy support.
The hour-long show which drew huge support from the public and the journalism community via phone calls expressing their concern about the plight of the journalists raised huge sum of cash both in Liberian dollars and the United States dollars, while at the same time lauding the efforts of OK FM for the stance taken to coming to the rescue of those journalists in Nimba County.
According one of the organizers of this ‘Phone-Call-In-Talk Show, and a member of the Press Union of Liberia, Roland Mulbah, said several individuals including the Minister of Commerce, Professor Wilson Tarpeh made their contributions via mobile money which summed up to the amount of over Three Hundred Thousands Liberian Dollars with Two and Eighty United States Dollars.
According to Mulbah, the amount received has been sent over to the journalists to help them get some needy materials including mattresses and other items that they will need while been quarantined at their radio station.