93KHJ/Pago Pago Wins Community Service Award
May 17, 2010 at 6:31 AM (PT)
THE INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTER’S IDEA BANK has awarded its annual BETTY & CARY SIMPSON COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD to KKHJ/PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA for the station’s service to the public during and after the tsunami that struck the SOUTH PACIFIC territory on SEPTEMBER 29th, 2009.
KKHJ activated the EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM immediately after a strong undersea earthquake struck the area and just prior to a devastating tsunami slamming ashore in PAGO PAGO and other coastal villages. In the aftermath of the tsunami, KKHJ operated from makeshift studios at its mountaintop transmitter site, continually broadcasting relief information to its listeners.