Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
While residents in Providence, R.I. waited for the electricity to be restored in their homes after Irene cut off power to many in the state, Media Generalís WJAR-TV Providence simulcast the audio portion of its newscast on Clear Channelís WHJJ-AM Providence. The arrangement allowed locals to receive the TV stationsí round-the-clock coverage on battery-operated radio. According to WJAR-TVís General Manager, Craig Jahelka, "This was yet another instance of local broadcasters working together to serve the public interest, protect lives and deliver emergency information in a time of life-threatening conditions."
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