Spanning Television and Radio, the PSA Campaign Will Launch in May During National Stroke Awareness Month
NEW YORK — May 6,2014 — CBS Cares and National Stroke Association have partnered to create three PSA messages to raise awareness on the risk factors commonly associated with strokes and to highlight the groups most susceptible to strokes overall.
The 60-second PSA that will be broadcast on CBS Radio’s 126 major-market stations across the country takes an innovative approach at getting the public’s attention with a dramatization of a wedding, featuring the father of the bride giving a heartfelt toast. But as the father speaks, he experiences one of the signs of a stroke—garbled speech—and the toast is interrupted. The father of the bride continues on after a brief announcement that “strokes can be prevented if you are aware of the risk factors.”
Alan Kalter, the announcer of THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, is the voice of the father.
The CBS Cares creative team consulted National Stroke Association staff and board member Dr. Richard D. Zorowitz of Johns Hopkins University, to ensure the father of the bride’s garbled speech accurately represented the effects of someone experiencing a stroke.
“We learned that every 40 seconds someone in the United States experiences a stroke, often when doing very ordinary things,” said Matthew Margo, Senior Vice President, Program Practices, CBS Television Network. “So we wanted to portray that experience for our audience and emphasize that strokes can happen to anyone, anywhere, even at a family event, and to illustrate that they are preventable. We also wanted to raise awareness of the demographic groups most likely to experience a stroke.”
“Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of disability. Yet the public is dangerously unaware of the risk factors for stroke,” said Jim Baranski, CEO, National Stroke Association. “We are proud to work with CBS and grateful they chose this important cause for a CBS Cares initiative.”
According to National Stroke Association, anyone can have a stroke no matter your age, race or gender. But the chances of having a stroke increase if a person has certain risk factors, such as family history, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. The key to minimizing the incidence of stroke is to identify these risk factors and work with a healthcare professional to reduce them.
The campaign will run throughout May in support of National Stroke Awareness Month, and will encourage the public to fill out a Stroke Risk Scorecard and talk with their healthcare professional.
About CBS Cares
At the heart of CBS's public service commitment is the multiple award-winning CBS Cares campaign, which consists of PSAs created by CBS and which usually feature talent from a wide array of CBS Television Network programming. These PSAs have addressed numerous causes including a number of health issues that impact the lives of millions of viewers. Some PSAs refer viewers to the award-winning CBSCares.tv website, which was described by the Harvard School of Public Health upon its launch as a “breakthrough website” for the depth of its health information.
About National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association is the only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100 percent of its efforts on stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke. Visit www.stroke.org for more information.