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Is Radio Shirking its Public Service Duty During Disasters?

The horrific devastation in Oklahoma following yesterday’s tornado reminds me once again about the importance of terrestrial radio during disasters. Today, as I read through tornado preparedness literature, it was clear that radio communication is vital during and after severe weather events. A safety publication (PDF) from University of Oklahoma not only recommends that everyone […]

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City of Galveston Asks Cumulus to Consider Donating Silent KSTB to Community Group

The Galveston Daily News is reporting that a local group, Galveston Community Radio, is calling for Cumulus to donate its silenced station KSTB 101.5 FM (Crystal Beach, Texas) to them. According to the article, “If Cumulus agreed, Galveston Community Radio would create a station offering local news, emergency information and a mix of music with […]

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Hurricane Sandy Knocks Many East Coast Radio Stations off the Air

Since yesterday I’ve been glued to TV, Twitter, and Facebook to hear and see coverage about the effects of Hurricane Sandy as it hit land in the United States. My thoughts go out to everyone who has suffered because of this storm. As the devastating winds hit and power went out, many radio stations were […]

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FCC actively monitoring & assisting radio and communications infrastructure providers during Hurricane Irene

The Federal Communications Commission activated the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) yesterday. Currently the system is focused on coastal North Caroline where Hurricane Irene has recently made landfall. DIRS provides communication providers a way to inform the Commission of their operational status during emergencies. Broadcasters, wireless providers, cable companies and other communications providers may voluntarily […]

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