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KZEW-FM and KYCN-AM Provides Information During School Lockdown

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery

When a death threat forced the local high school and an adjacent elementary school to immediately go into lockdown, KZEW-FM and KYCN-AM in Wheatland, Wyo., became a main source of information for frightened parents. For four hours, the station gave continual updates and hosted the superintendent on air several times. Communication with school authorities allowed the stations to share detailed information on what steps were being taken to ensure the students’ safety. When the students were moved to another school to be released to their families, the stations played a key role in getting word to parents. “The stations were our best way of getting information out to the community that the kids were in lockdown,” said Stuart Nelson, superintendent of Platte County School District One. “They did a great job. They kept everybody from panicking.” KZEW was named Small Market Station of the Year by the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters.

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