KIIS 1065 in Sydney and KIIS 101.1 in Melbourne will go silent for 10 seconds every hour from 6am today as a reminder for listeners to check in on friends, family and colleagues as part of national R U OK?Day.
A simple conversation could be life changing, so every hour on the hour KIIS 1065 and KIIS 101.1 will stop the music and on-air chatter to encourage listeners to speak up and ask someone “R U OK?”.
In addition to the 10 seconds of silence, KIIS will share reminders voiced by Kyle & Jackie O, Jase & PJ and Will & Woody on-air and across digital and social platforms about the importance of staying connected with others and trusting your gut instinct if you feel like something is not right with someone you know.
Of the initiative Kyle Sandilands said, “‘R U Ok?’ is more than just a question, it’s an opportunity for mates to speak about things that actually matter.”
Will & Woody’s Will McMahon added, “Checking in with the people we love is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It leaves both people glowing with a sense of assurance and connection. Tragically however, sometimes not checking in with those around us can have devastating consequences.
“No one deliberately avoids checking in with their friends, but sometimes we all need a reminder to do so. That’s why R U OK?’s messaging is so strong; a simple yet effective reminder to do one of the easiest, but most rewarding things in life. Amazingly, it could even save someone’s life. With this in mind, today – with the breadth of its entire audience at hand – KIIS will be reminding people every hour, on the hour, to check-in with their friends and loved ones this R U OK?Day. On a small scale, it’s a reminder to do something easy and rewarding. But on a grand scale it may even save a life.”
In all ARN offices nationally teams will be encouraged to check in on their colleagues, especially those in Melbourne lockdown, with tips on how to start a conversation and ask R U OK?
ARN has been championing well-being activities across the whole week for their Melbourne team, including virtual mediation sessions and a “fresh air, don’t care” initiative which encourages the team to take a break with a walk around the block while chatting on the phone to a workmate.