On the airwaves & streets Louisville reacts to deadly shootings
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Louisville community worked through a tough Friday morning, hearing about yet another national tragedy. People were in disbelief and wrought with mixed emotions on what this week has brought the nation.
"Bless the Lord, it's 104.7 WLOU on FM…," is how Krystal Goodner began her show "PraizePower" on WLOU radio.
She heard early, and often, from her listeners Friday.
"We already had a caller on the line, who is this?" Goodner asked, as the calls streamed into her show.
She asked her listeners what they thought about this week's violence: i.e. the fatal shooting deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile as well as the five police officers killed in Dallas.
"When someone that puts on a uniform like them, and risks their life every day for their state or their city, when one of them die, they feel that," she said.
From her listeners, Goodner got a good mix of emotions. There was anger and sadness, but most prominently, disbelief.
"We are trying to grapple with what has occurred in the past 48 hours," Goodner said. "The latest news was that police was in a shooting and the man said he wanted to kill white people and wanted to kill cops in lieu of the killings in Minnesota and Louisiana."
In Goodner's eyes, it's her job to hear everyone out, but also to guide people to peaceful solutions to the best of her ability.
"Love is the answer, togetherness is the answer, coming together to find peace, trying to equip our listeners with knowledge and information," Goodner confirmed.
From the airwaves to the streets of downtown, the emotions ran in a similar vein.
"I think it's a crying shame the way things are," James Scott said. "People finding (ways) to do cruel things to other people. It's just pathetic."
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"It's really sad," Josh Thompson said. "You hate to see anyone get hurt, or even killed, and many times people don't always know the story behind both sides."
Back in the WLOU studio, to help quell these emotions, Goodner closes a segment with a prayer.
"Father I pray whoever is listening through the airwaves right now, that you would bring comfort and you would bring healing right now. We are hurting as a people," Pastor Timothy Findley Jr. said.
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