Let me take you on a (safe) sea cruise

By Kay Nolan,  June 10, 2011

Jon Belmont, morning news anchor at WTMJ-AM radio, hesitated to make an announcement, shortly after Sept. 11, that he planned to take a Caribbean cruise in January as part of a promotion aimed at the station’s listeners.

“As a newsman, I was a bit uncomfortable,” said Belmont, a former ABC radio network news correspondent who worked in New York for 19 years.

He wondered whether listeners would consider the promotion incentive — or worse — following the attacks. After waiting a few weeks, Belmont went ahead, partly because he felt sure that vacation travel remained safe and desirable.