Radio Withstands, Reports On Oklahoma City Tornado
May 20, 2013 at 4:36 PM (PT)
“It’s not pretty here.” That was TYLER MEDIA Country KJKE/OKLAHOMA CITY PD KEVIN CHRISTOPHER, describing the situation for ALL ACCESS following this afternoon’s tornado that touched down in the nearby suburb of MOORE. “We have been wall-to-wall coverage since 2:30p (CT), first with weather and now disaster relief information,” says CHRISTOPHER, who says there is no word yet on fatalities or number of homes destroyed, but added, “It’s going to be extensive.”
Two elementary schools were heavily damaged as were numerous homes and cars. The twister was estimated to be an EF5 category, the most devastating form of tornado, with winds up to 200 mph. Crosstown CLEAR CHANNEL Country KTST MD BILL REED says the station has also suspended music programming while providing non-stop news and information via its TV news partner KFOR-TV.
CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KTOK-A is airing the audio from NBC affiliate KFOR-TV, and TYLER MEDIA Talk KOKC-A is airing audio from CBS affiliate KWTV (NEWS 9). The tornado narrowly missed both stations' transmitter sites.
CUMULUS Sports WWLS (THE SPORTS ANIMAL) is originating local coverage and shelter information.
CUMULUS Rock KATT/OKALHOMA CITY is at least still streaming, cutting back on music to do non-stop tornado reports, listener calls and related news. The station is already linking to a fundraising page, dovetailing it with an announcement on its FACEBOOK page:
To all that want to help, we are taking donations of bottled water, food, medical supplies, anything that will help. Bring your goods to the radio station 4045 NW 64th St. We have vans that we are trying to fill up. If you have these things please bring. We will not take cash donations as you can donate money to our fund campaign here. We will be taking donations here at the station for a while and will give them to the appropriate organization.
Our hearts go out those affected by this huge tornado. To all my Southsiders, STAY STRONG! KATT listeners let's do this! Keep it on the KATT for more information!