Oklahoma Tornado Coverage: The Day After
May 21, 2013 at 12:12 PM (PT)
As the recovery effort in MOORE, OK continues following YESTERDAY’s devastating tornado (NET NEWS 5/20), Country outlets in OKLAHOMA CITY have been providing comprehensive coverage.
CLEAR CHANNEL KTST PD TOM TRAVIS tells ALL ACCESS, “We transitioned back into music programming at 10a (CT) this MORNING, with news updates at the top and bottom of the hour from [News/Talk] sister KTOK.” TRAVIS said KTST’s morning teamers JOE FRIDAY & YEAGER were on the air, handing off reports between KTOK and TV partner KFOR.
TYLER MEDIA’s crosstown KJKE (93.3 JAKE FM) continued its wall-to-wall coverage this MORNING too, with news partner KWTV-TV providing audio. JAKE went back to music after morning drive but is also airing frequent news updates and information on how to donate to The RED CROSS (text 90999 to REDCROSS). Neither station has reported any injuries or property loss for staff members so far. MONDAY’s twister was thought to be between an EF4 and EF5 and measured two miles wide. Though estimates of fatalities has varied, 51 were confirmed this MORNING. Tragically, many were students at PLAZA TOWERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL in MOORE.
In response to local radio and television broadcasters providing lifeline news coverage of yesterday's devastating tornado that struck MOORE, OK, NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH commented, "NAB salutes our OKLAHOMA broadcasting brethren who are performing a public service that simply cannot be replicated by any other communications technology. Time and again during a crisis, local radio and TV stations have saved countless lives with 'boots-on-the-ground' reporting and advanced weather meteorology. There is no doubt that local broadcasters face new competitive threats in the form of social media, SmartPhones and the latest apps. But it is equally true that broadcasting's 'one-to-everyone' transmission architecture remains indispensable as a lifeline service in times of danger."
OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS Pres./CEO VANCE HARRISON noted, "Television stations along with their radio station partners provided severe weather coverage which was accurate and timely. Countless lives were saved due to the extraordinary efforts of every broadcaster when it really mattered. As we've seen during every single severe weather event, Oklahomans have relied on the experience and reliability of their local broadcasters to keep them out of harm's way."
OKLAHOMA Gov. MARY FALLIN thanked local media at a press conference in MOORE last night for providing wall-to-wall coverage of the approaching storm and informing people to find shelter. She said, "I want to say thank you so very much to the media. The media has done a superb job over the last couple of days of keeping people informed about the current weather conditions, especially our weathermen and those that have been on the ground driving and calling and tracking the storm itself.
"As I visited around BETHEL ACRES today, the trailer park that lost so many homes and lost some people, and also around CARNEY, OK, and Highway 177 in SHAWNEE, I had many people come up and say, because of the media and their rapid response and reporting on the track of the storms, they were able to get to a storm shelter and be safe."