Urban Radio Ready For Northeast Blizzard
January 26, 2015 at 6:01 PM (PT)
As the NORTHEAST braces for a massive snow storm (NET NEWS 1/26), EMMIS/NEW YORK OM SKIP DILLARD told ALL ACCESS that they are doing all they can to prepare listeners.
"Our News Director is doing cut-ins with updates for all our stations, WBLS/WQHT/WLIB," he said. "We have partnerships with local meteorologists so we will be utilizing them all. Our Digital department will be working both on site and from home, so the updates will never stop. Pretty much everything will be closed TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, so it will be a tricky day keeping up with transit happenings and schools closings. Business may be open or closed depending on location and the ability for clean-up crews to clear certain areas. Our offices will be closed tomorrow with essential on-air staff in hotels within walking distance of our stations. We're in the WEST VILLAGE so it gives us good hotel options. HURRICANE SANDY was our training ground for something potentially as big as this."
WASHINGTON, D.C. is also on alert. HOWARD UNIVERSITY Urban AC WHUR OM MAXX MYRICK told ALL ACCESS, "We have a full-time news department who at the moment are safely ensconced in a nearby hotel with transportation ready to pick them up so they can be on the air to provide continuing coverage as it happens."
Dir./News & Public Affairs RENEE NASH added, "According to forecasters we will dodge the brunt of the storm and thus will have more of a pared-down coverage. But our news reporters will be on the streets providing reports throughout the day of road conditions and announcing closings and delays. Additionally we have our own meteorologist who will be tracking the storm. We will also have coverage from neighborhoods to ascertain how residents are fairing in the storm should the weather warrant such coverage."