Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery
Posted on 9/8/2021
New Orleans Radio Station WWL remained on the air before, during, and after Hurricane Ida passed through the city. The station was staffed 24/7 by 19 staff members — including on-air hosts, producers and engineers, who slept at the station until after the storm.
During the storm, the station fielded thousands of calls from local residents, most of whom had lost power and said that the radio was their only reliable source of information. This isn’t the first time WWL has stepped up during a disaster; in 2005 they remained on air throughout Hurricane Katrina even as the windows blew out and the nearby Superdome flooded. WWL’s coverage is so trusted that it is known by New Orleanians as ’the Hurricane Station.’
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