Local Radio Pulls Out All Stops To Cover Fargo Floods
March 30, 2009 at 1:01 PM (PT)
SCOTT HENNEN's Talk WZFG-A (AM 1100 THE FLAG)/FARGO is covering the flooding in FARGO 24/7, and HENNEN tells ALL ACCESS that not only did he put in an 18-hour day right out of the gate on the first day, but some major local public figures came in to pitch in and anchor coverage to help the small station staff. Former federal Secretary of Agriculture and NORTH DAKOTA Governor ED SCHAFER, U.S. Attorney DREW WRIGLEY, and NORTH DAKOTA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION President KEVIN CRAMER are among the notables who have come in to help keep the station pumping out information on the emergency around the clock.
The station is staying at its daytime 50,000-watt signal at night during the emergency, and is also simulcasting on fledgling SHEYENNE VALLEY BROADCASTING FM talker KQLX-F/LISBON-FARGO, which has some of its staffers pitching on on THE FLAG's coverage as well.
Meanwhile, RADIO FARGO-MOORHEAD Talk KFGO-A/FARGO is offering nonstop coverage and extensive information on the emergency both on the air and on its website, where updated news and a map of flooding, evacuation areas, and shelters are available. The station's transmitter site is in the flood-endangered area.
And FORUM Talk WDAY-A/FARGO is on the case with its sister ABC affiliate WDAY-TV and newspaper FARGO FORUM. The station is offering continuous coverage and news on its website, including a bulletin board for flood victims and interactive maps showing flood plains and weather alert information.
Triad Broadcasting/Fargo Launches Flood Watch Website
TRIAD BROADCASTING/FARGO, ND (which includes Country KVOX) has created a website that provides up-to-the-minute RED RIVER flood watch information for local residents. Some of the features on the site include news updates, the latest crest prediction, maps, emergency contact info for the nearby counties, evacuation plans and volunteer information.
Check it out now at www.valleyfloodwatch.com.