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Hurricane Ian:
Broadcasters Rise to the Occasion

As Hurricane Ian tore through southeastern states in late September, local radio and television broadcasters provided critical and lifesaving information to their communities.

September 30 | NAB Blog

Broadcasters Go Wall-to-Wall to Cover Hurricane Ian

During natural disasters, America’s broadcasters provide news and information to help keep their communities safe. As Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida, local broadcasters went wall-to-wall with coverage, emergency alerts and resources. Read Blog Post

October 5 | Inside Radio

iHeartMedia And Cox Media Group Ramp Up Hurricane Relief Efforts

As federal, state, and local agencies, along with charitable groups, work to provide disaster relief for Florida residents dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, radio stations are beginning to mobilize relief efforts of their own. The iHeartMedia stations in Raleigh, NC are attempting to fill a truck with much-needed supplies today (Oct. 5) from 6am-8pm during a hurricane relief donation drive at a local Walmart Supercenter. Read Story

October 5 | Poynter

These Florida morning show hosts stayed on the air for 12 hours after Hurricane Ian

“I just want to tell you, the first thing I heard was your voices the next morning,” said a caller, her own voice wavering. “Oh shoot. And it made me cry, the comfort of hearing your voices.” Read Story

October 4 | Inside Radio

Beasley Designates WRXK ‘Hurricane Central’ With Lineup From Across Ft. Myers Cluster

As search and rescue efforts continue in Ft. Myers, Beasley Media Group has designated “96 K-Rock” WRXK as “Hurricane Central” through at least Wednesday, Oct. 5. Read Story

October 3 | Radio Ink

Beasley Launches Ian Recovery Radiothon

Beasley Media Group‘s radio stations serving the Fort Myers-Naples-Cape Coral market — the company’s home market, as it is headquartered in downtown Naples — have launched a company-wide Radiothon in support of the American Red Cross and its Southwest Florida recovery efforts. Read Story

October 3 | Poynter

Opinion: Who Provided the Most Critical Hurricane Ian Coverage

To keep track of what was happening from our far-away hotel room, we occasionally tuned into CNN and The Weather Channel, but mostly, we did what most Florida residents do when a storm sets its eyes on the state. We turned to local news. Read Story

October 3 | Radio World

Beasley’s Radio Engineers Recover Downed Florida Stations

TMike Cooney and Tigram Grant have had their hands full, working to restore power to Beasley Media Group’s four FMs, one AM and five translators in the Ft. Myers area that felt the wrath of Hurricane Ian. Read Story

October 2 | Radio World

Florida Broadcasters Carry On Amid Community Destruction

As Hurricane Ian swept through Florida, leaving flattened buildings, collapsed bridges and flooded streets behind, most broadcasters in the state carried on, getting life-saving information to local residents even as the hurricane threatened some of their studios. Read Story

September 29 | WESH 2, Winter Park, Fla.

WESH 2's Tony Atkins rescues woman who attempted to drive through floodwaters

WESH 2's Tony Atkins rescued a woman who attempted to drive through floodwaters early Thursday. The woman was a nurse on her way to work when her vehicle became stuck in high water on Orange Avenue. Read Story

September 29 | ClickOnDetroit.com

Kim Adams: Waking up to devastation in Florida after Hurricane Ian

After about 2 hours of sleep, we left our hotel in Venice around 3:30am. We wanted to get closer to Fort Myers, but had to turn around multiple times due to flooded roadways, downed power lines and fallen trees. Read Story

September 29 | Broadcasting+Cable

Southwestern Florida Stations Cover Hurricane Ian as It Makes Landfall

Stations situated on the southwestern coast of Florida are hustling to keep viewers informed of Hurricane Ian’s frightful trip through the area. Read Story

September 28 | Inside Radio

As Ian Closes In, Florida Radio Mobilizes Resources

Radio stations in Tampa, Sarasota and Ft. Myers are in wall-to-wall storm coverage mode this morning as Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm today. Read Story

September 28 | Beasley Media Group

How To Help Those Impacted By Hurricane Ian

Radio stations in Tampa, Sarasota and Ft. Myers are in wall-to-wall storm coverage mode this morning as Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm today. Read Story

September 26 | WCSC-TV, Charleston, SC

Ian Making Landfall Near Georgetown

Radio stations in Tampa, Sarasota and Ft. Myers are in wall-to-wall storm coverage mode this morning as Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 storm today. Read Story

Beasley Media Group's Community of Caring Hurricane Ian Relief Initiative

Beasley Media Group’s Community of Caring is as a media initiative to motivate, inspire, showcase the power of radio to help the rebuild and recovery efforts associated with Hurricane Ian's aftermath. Featuring “Unstoppable” by Sia. Courtesy of Crush Music.

PSAs from the Florida Association of Broadcasters

The Florida Association of Broadcasters has partnered with numerous celebrities, including Tom Brady, Rachel Ray, Drew Barrymore, Deborah Norville, Kelly Clarkson and Mario Lopez to produce radio and television PSAs in support of Hurricane Ian relief.

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NAB Podcast

Beasley Media Group Ft. Myers/Naples Market Manager AJ Lurie shares stories from his cluster's experience staying on-air during Hurricane Ian.

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Listener Testimonials

Radio Ink's Ed Ryan calls in to the WXTU Andie Summers Show to provide a firsthand account the scene from Ft. Myers.

Dub & Jess at Kicks 99 in Augusta spoke with Gina Birch from Sunny 106.3 in Ft. Myers about the impact of Hurricane Ian on their community during the BMG Radiothon to benefit the Red Cross.

A listener calls into WFLA in Tampa Bay to express how grateful she is that WFLA is her "lifeline" during the hurricane.

Listeners call in to WFLA in Tampa Bay to express gratitude for the station, which provided lifesaving information during the hurricane.

Listeners call in to WSRZ in Sarasota, Fla., to thank the station for its service.

NAB's Thread of Stations Providing Vital Updates During the Hurricane