Last Friday we here at 95.9 The River spent the entire day (from 6a-7p) broadcasting at Luigi’s Pizza in Aurora. We were raising money for the victims of the Henry Pratt shooting just one week before. I must say it was very gratifying to see the community come out and show it’s feeling and support for the five families of those who lost a loved one as well as the first responders that were hurt in the ensuing confrontation. The generosity was overwhelming and it showed #AURORASTRONG had great meaning. I had one gentleman, a former Illinois State trooper give me another phrase that I thought had much meaning too. Community Is Unity. I also had several people who had read my book come up and ask about my experiences in being fired. In my forty-seven plus years here in Chicago I think the number is 9. That’s how many times I’ve been fired. Now I know that makes me sound like a difficult employee and sometimes I probably was, but I the radio industry there is quite a bit of rapid turn over. Was I pissed off at times, of course, was there a want to punch somebody out, absolutely, but I never did. No violence, no physical confrontation although I did speak my mind a couple of instances, but nothing that ever got out of hand. Maybe before you actually judge my employment record you should read my book: “Doin The Cruise” Memories From a Lifetime in Radio and Rock n Roll.
In this mornings Trib. there was a very interesting article by Lauren Zumbach about what companies are thinking in terms of the termination process. Here’s a short excerpt:
It’s a sentence no one likes to say or hear: “You’re fired.”
But amid a growing focus on preventing violence in the workplace in the wake of events like the shooting at Aurora’s Henry Pratt Co. last week, some companies are considering whether there’s a better way to handle potentially volatile terminations.
The goal: balance respect for the employee being let go with the safety of co-workers. And no one is taking tips from Donald Trump in “The Apprentice.”
In Aurora, police said that 45-year-old Gary Martin was being fired when he turned a gun on his colleagues, killing five and wounding five police officers.
Workplace shootings like the one at Henry Pratt are extremely rare. According to the FBI, three out of 50 active shooter incidents in 2016 and 2017 involved former employees at a workplace. Two had been fired in the prior two months.
Click here for the link to Lauren’s full article:
We wish all those affected by The Henry Pratt tragedy all the best going forward. Good wishes can never bring your loved ones back, but their memories will stay strong in your hearts forever. And to all our first responders we simply say thank you for what you do!!