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Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
In a community where nearly seven out of every 10 residents commute out of the county for work, the up-to-date weather and road condition information provided by WNNJ-FM in Newton, N.J., is crucial. In late 2007, winter brought nearly a dozen snow days. Emergency generators, along with a team of dedicated engineers who fought off severe icing, kept the station on the air the entire time. When the station lost its heat, staff put on additional sweaters and continued to get information out about the status of the areas many two-lane roads and business and school closures. Local police, fire and emergency officials use the station to get needed information to all residents throughout the winter season.
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