- Associated Press - Friday, May 9, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Radio stations in Chicago are taking part in a citywide anti-violence program by urging listeners not to use guns.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday that the stations were taking part in the initiative called “Put the Guns Down.”

A number of both English and Spanish-speaking stations have agreed to air public service announcements from radio personalities and celebrities. They also will host a monthly simulcast focusing on community responsibility and remind listeners about anti -violence programs. DJs will open and close each radio show with the phrase, “Put the Guns Down.”

The effort comes as the police department has reported a rise in violent crimes - something that typically happens when the temperatures rise and more people are out on the streets.