May 2008 / Bott Radio Network Broadcasts Kansas City National Day of Prayer Live, May 1st
People from all walks of life gathered on the National Day of Prayer in Kansas City to glorify God and petition Him for our nation, Thursday, May 1st. The event, originally scheduled for Liberty Memorial in midtown Kansas City, was moved indoors to Bartle Hall Convention Center downtown due to forecasts of inclement weather. Bott Radio Network broadcast the event live on 760 AM for our listeners in the metropolitan area who could not attend. During the meeting the weather was deemed too severe to continue and the event was canceled and the crowd moved underground for safety by authorities. The formal program was preceded by a Family Prayer Walk which included stations covering Family, Church, Media, Education, Police, Military and Firefighters.
Brian May, BRN Traffic Coordinator, and Pat Rulon, Director of National Sales for Bott Radio Network, greet visitors to the Bott Radio Network table during the Family Prayer Walk.
During the Family Prayer Walk, Dave Newman, Director of Marketing for Bott Radio Network laid hands on the police and asked God's protection on them as they serve our city.
During the Family Prayer Walk preceding the scheduled presentation there was a replica of the Wailing Wall where people could stop and pray.
Rich Bott, Executive Vice President of Bott Radio Network and Honorary Co-Chairman of the KC National Day of Prayer welcomed everyone to the event and offered historical insights on prayer throughout our nation's history.
Bott Radio Network broadcast the event live to our audience in Kansas City on 760 AM. From left, Helaine Grant, BRN Production Assistant, Eben Fowler, Director of Broadcast Operations, Rich Bott, Executive Vice President of Bott Radio Network, and John Beck, Network Development Manager.
Christal Watson, Community Foundation Specialist for the Kansas CIty Kansas Public Schools prays for all students in the metro area.
Dr. Gary Morsch, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and Founder and President of Heart to Heart International speaks during the National Day of Prayer about the freedoms we enjoy and what it has cost to maintain those freedoms.
Lynda Randle, Dove award winner, sang and praised God and got the audience in a mood to praise and glorify Him.
Topher Philgreen, COO of Youthfront interrupts Emmit Mitchell, Chairman of the Board of Urban Youth Leadership and Honorary Co-Chairman of the KC National Day of Prayer to let him know that the Kansas City Police were canceling the meeting and asking participants to evacuate due to violent weather in the area. A tornado touched down in Gladstone that evening, destroying homes and businesses.
After the meeting was abruptly ended, many chose to stay underground during the violent weather outside. Here, Kansas City Police officers explain conditions outside as straight line winds over 85 miles an hour and golf ball size hail.
The violent weather predicted that caused the event to move from Liberty Memorial to Bartle Hall appeared in the middle of the meeting causing it to be canceled at that time. Downtown was pounded by rain, lightning and high winds. Just north of downtown Kansas City, a tornado tore through several homes and businesses.
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