By: Mikaila Becze
February 2020 in Las Vegas was a month as ordinary as it had always been; being home to more than 2 million residents, over 40 million visitors, and a never-ending show list. But COVID-19 began making its own appearance around the world, and it was on its way for Sin City too.
World-famous artists like Post Malone and Mariah Carey made the decision to postpone their concert dates. Million-dollar music festivals were canceled. Major casinos boarded up their doors until further notice. And finally, on March 18, 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak made the final decision to shut down all non-essential businesses for at least 30 days. For the first time since the first casino was built in 1946, the city of Las Vegas went dark.
Visitors were kicked out of their hotels and sent to the streets, scrambling to find a way back home. Locals were either laid off or sent to work from home. People felt as if the world was staring in its very own apocalyptic movie.
While radio was no exception for these rules, the industry scrambled to make things work because not having news for the public would only cause more panic.
Most team members left with only their laptops but the producers and radio hosts had to make a quick move and set up their own at home recording booths.
Many radio talents have been very vocal on social media about what it’s like transitioning to an in-house studio, like 95.5 The Bull host, Tay Hamilton.
“Since I had some extra time I decorated my in-home studio aka my walk in-studio,” She said on her Instagram post, “Definitely missing the Bull studio though.”
It has been two weeks since the initial shut down of the city and things are changing rapidly. While locals are still unsure of their future and still within the next few months, there is no doubt that the city will come together like it has. We are #VegasStronger.