Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
When a December ice storm left more than a quarter of a million people without power, listeners tuned their battery-operated radios to KRMG-AM in Tulsa, Okla., which stayed on the air with five days of continuous weather coverage and updates. The station directed people where to get food and shelter. Interviews with emergency officials and leaders reminded Tulsans that help was on the way. Phones at the station rang nonstop with questions about necessities. Many callers needed firewood, and when KRMG was able to secure enough firewood, the station gave it away free. From a parking lot, station staff loaded wood by the armful into the cars of hundreds of families needing a means to heat their home. KRMG was honored with the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Community Service Award for its coverage and service during the 2007 storm.
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