Wednesday, February 21, 2024

We Salute KC Broadaster Lisa Lopez-Galvan


In Memory of one of our own in the Radio Industry 

The staff of 92.1 
Released by Chad Mahoney/ President of the Missouri Broadcasters Association 

A celebration turned to tragedy in Kansas City one week ago today. Local broadcasters immediately assumed their roles as first informers, staying on the air even when there were concerns about their own safety.

We watched via live stream here at the MBA office as an in-studio anchor assured a field anchor (already in place for the parade coverage) that he could “take it from here” if she needed to take cover. “No, we’re staying on the air,” she said. “People need to know what’s happening out here.”


Every KC broadcaster knew how important their jobs were last Wednesday and they all displayed an unwavering commitment to alerting, informing and calming a stunned and panicked community.

Lisa Lopez-Galvan

Later that evening, we were all saddened to learn KKFI broadcaster Lisa Lopez-Galvan was killed by the gunfire. The Broadcasters Foundation of America, an organization that the MBA financially supports every year, will be offering benefits to Lisa’s family. Many peer stations have also stepped up to help.


As national news outlets move on, the storytelling continues for local broadcasters who will follow the case through the judicial process. Our stations will also play a role in helping the city heal. Broadcasters must take time to heal, too. The mental health impact of covering such a tragedy is real.


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