How The Protest Began
The 20 seconds of silence protest
against the noise,
emerged from the studios of
KUNM, 89.9 FM,
The 20 seconds of silence, protest against the noise started in April of 2003. There was a lot of buzz during that time about the impending invasion of Iraq. The public was led to believe that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This was U.S. President, George W. Bush and British Prime Minister, Tony Blair’s claim for the invasion.
According to them, the purpose of the invasion was to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction, end Saddam Hussein’s support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.
What struck me funny at the time, was how the media played a role in the spreading of lies and false truths. The news media hit a new low when it came to investigating and reporting the real facts.
The Invasion of Iraq officially commenced on Wednesday, March 19, 2003. KUNM was providing a canned news approach which covered various events around the country. The events occurring on our local scene were left to the other news outlets in the city of Albuquerque or they were not covered at all.
The Iyah Music Show aired on Thursday, March 20, 2003 and we were providing a news feed to our listeners coming from Pacifica News that covered protests and other events revolving around the war.
I remember getting a call on our request line from a lady that was in Albuquerque. She informed me, that while we were airing canned news about events going on in San Francisco and other parts of the country, she was on Central Avenue here in Albuquerque with guns being pointed at them by the Albuquerque Police.
She related to me that there were children in the crowd. She also asked me why KUNM wasn’t covering that event. That phone call made me feel helpless because I didn’t have an answer for her.
I came to the conclusion that the only meaningful thing I could do was to stage a protest also. This protest had to be different, and after much thought and deliberation thus emerged, the 20 seconds of silence, a protest against the noise.
The events occurring in 2003 brought to my attention the power of the media and its influence on our daily lives. The spreading of the propaganda that led up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, was just one example of the many lies and false truths directed at us each and every day through the tv, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the internet.
Since April of 2003, I have staged this protest every Thursday during my hosting of The Iyah Music Show, a reggae program that airs from 7:00p to 10:00p Mountain Time.
This protest is meant to be a reminder to ourselves of the noise directed at us each and every day. This noise not only distorts the truth, but it also distracts us from realizing the true potential that dwells inside each and every one of us.
We have to remain vigilant in staying on a course that allows us to unleash those inner qualities of our being that lead to peace & harmony, joy & happiness, love & compassion, prosperity & abundance, and physical well-being.
I ask you to join me in this 20 Seconds Of Silence, a protest against the noise.
The Silent DJ