In an effort to make retired people feel connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new initiative has bought this demographic together over the airways, called 'Radio Recliner.' As its name suggests, this one-hour online radio session invites seniors living in assisted-living facilities to share their love of music with the world. The participants record their introductions and transitions on their phone and send the audio to production staff who masterfully creates the show with the songs they've chosen.
"For this generation, radio was the original social media," said Mitch Bennett, the chief creative officer of the show said. "Dedicating a song to someone you love, and having them hear it along with everyone else, is a special way of connecting. It's a great time to bring that feeling back." This is especially meaningful during the pandemic, where many senior citizens are not only prohibited from seeing outside visitors, but also from socializing with neighbors in the facility.
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