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There were at least
nine radio stations out of service due to the effects of former Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, all
in Texas, as of Monday.
KKTX, KUNO, KPRC, KKWV, KAYK, KMKS, KZFM, KKBA and KEYS had notified the FCC Disaster Information
Reporting System that they were off. (KJOJ-FM was restored to service but KMKS was added since Sunday's report.) DIRS is a voluntary online system that communications
providers — including broadcasters — can use to report status of infrastructure
and “situational awareness information” during a crisis.
commission asked that communications providers in the affected areas “expeditiously
submit and update information” through DIRS regarding the status of communications
equipment, restoration efforts and power. The portal is here. If you haven’t
already signed up, you will be asked to first provide contact information and
obtain a User ID.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a statement Monday afternoon: “The worst of tragedies
brings out the best in people. In Harvey’s wake, first responders and
everyday citizens have heroically stepped up to the plate to help their fellow
Americans. Broadcasters and other news outlets have also played a
critical role in conveying emergency information, and in some cases, even
coordinating live, on-air rescues. Everyone who is pitching in deserves
our gratitude and support. We’re all in this together.”
iHeartMedia on Sunday evening issued a summary of activities at its businesses.
The company said its broadcast radio, digital and
billboard operations were involved to inform people in the Corpus Christi, Houston and Austin areas.
In Corpus Christi, all stations were simulcasting News Radio 740 KTRH(FM) out of Houston. “K99 Country, Big 93.9 and Tejano 99.9 are broadcasting in English
and Spanish to address the needs of the both communities,” the company said in the
Sunday evening summary. “The Red Cross is
featured across all of iHeartMedia Corpus Christi’s radio station websites for listeners to easily find information and to
encourage donations.” The local iHeart office was working with the Red Cross
to coordinate post-storm relief efforts; the company said its displaced employees were
able to use studios in McAllen/Brownsville as
emergency relief studios.
Houston, iHeartMedia’s local staff has been
broadcasting in long-form nonstop since 8 a.m. on Friday, as well as reporting on Facebook Live to provide
local listeners with up-to-date information and emergency resources,” it continued. “Though the region lost a station’s vehicle, multiple employees’ homes are affected and KPRC-FM’s transmitter is down
due to water damage, iHeartMedia continues to broadcast
from our five remaining stations (Sunny 99.1, 94.5 The Buzz, 93.7 The
Beat, KTRH News Radio 740, and Sports Talk 790 AM) with help from on-air
talent, operational staff, sellers and managers who are on-site to answer
phones and direct listeners to the appropriate community resources.”
In Austin, precautions were put in place for seven iHeart stations: 96.7
KISS FM, 102.3 The Beat, KASE 101, KVET 98.1, AM 1300 The Zone, 97.5 Pride
Radio, and Tu 103.1. “They have joined with
iHeartMedia’s San Antonio stations to
secure a semi-truck of ice, water and fuel that will deploy to the Gulf Coast
as soon as recovery efforts begin. Supplementary relief efforts are being
Channel Outdoor billboards in San Antonio and Houston are promoting emergency
coverage from News Radio 1200 (WOAI-AM) and News Radio 740. The company’s hundreds
of station websites are featuring a call to
donate to the American Red Cross.
Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite show the temperature at the top of
Hurricane Harvey on Aug. as the storm approached Texas. Photo used under Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike
3.0 IGO license.)