Tornados Hit The Southeast; Radio Responds
February 6, 2008 at 10:33 AM (PT)
Strong storms that created numerous tornado's struck the Southeastern U.S. YESTERDAY. ARKANSAS, TENNESSEE and MISSISSIPPI were hardest hit, with 47 fatalities reported.
In times of local crisis, radio always jumps in to help. THOMAS MEDIA RADIO GROUP/JACKSON, TN OM SHANE CONNOR told ALL ACCESS, "We simulcast wall-to-wall coverage on all five of our stations last night -- WFKX, WHHM, WJAK-A, WWYN and WZDQ. We were live with instant weather alerts, reports from emergency management personnel, and listener calls and reports from all over WEST TENNESSEE. Our coverage began with the first watch yesterday afternoon and continued until all warnings had expired after midnight. We then aired a 20-minute press conference by the JACKSON-MADISON COUNTY Emergency Management Agency this morning at 8a to update everyone on the situation and relief effort."
The stations established the WEST TENNESSEE TORNADO RELIEF FUND this morning at all WEST TENNESSEE REGIONS BANK locations. All help is being asked to be made in monetary form to this fund.
For more information and some photos of the damage, log on to www.wwyn.fm.