On Tuesday, October 11, BBC World Service's award-winning program World Have Your Say will broadcast live from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The popular program is moderated by host Ros Atkins, leading a panel of guests and an international audience who actively participate in daily discussions of global issues. Listeners help dictate the conversation by calling in, emailing and leaving comments on the WHYS blog and the show's social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter.
"We've been to Cleveland many times, and it's always been a great experience," says Atkins. "Each time, we're told that we must visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, but we've never had the time. To get the opportunity to broadcast World Have Your Say from the home of rock and roll was too good to miss. However, as we're a current affairs talk show, we can't play the hits that I'd like!"
The hour-long broadcast begins tomorrow at 1 pm EST in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Alan Freed Studio. The Museum is a fitting location for a show that harnesses the voices of the world for varied perspective on the greatest issues of the day. Throughout rock and roll history, musicians have been among the world's loudest, most resounding advocates for social change, fostering meaningful discussions through song. The influence of musicians has spanned generations and genres, from Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" to Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" to Pete Seeger's "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" to Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind;" from Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" to the Beatles' "Revolution" to John Lennon and his Plastic Ono Band's "Give Peace a Chance" to the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son;" from Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" to Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" to Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" and the Clash's "London Calling;" from U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday" to Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down."