Thursday, May 26, 2011

Huffington Post spotlights outstanding work by KZRG/Zimmer on Joplin tornado coverage

The one constant for people in this tornado-ravaged city has been the radio, especially the people at Zimmer, which has all of its Joplin stations providing wall-to-wall coverage of the disaster and has done an outstanding job of helping the community deal with the aftermath of the tragedy.

That work is noted in a Huffington Post article today:

With erratic cell phone service throughout Joplin and travel hindered by damaged cars and blocked streets, many residents have turned to local radio stations as a hub of information, sifting through around-the-clock reports of missing family members.

The Zimmer Radio Group, which operates seven radio stations in Joplin, abandoned its various music formats for 24-hour tornado coverage starting late Sunday afternoon. Newscaster Chad Elliot, whose home was destroyed, slept in his office when he wasn't on the air. His dog Rusty barked loudly behind a closed door.

"I thought we were going to do a normal severe weather broadcast," he said. "Obviously, that's not the case."

Calls flowed in – hundreds of them – from people looking for displaced loved ones, or calling in to say they were OK. By Wednesday, reports of missing friends and relatives were decreasing, replaced by updates of successful, tearful reunions.

"Folks wondering about Larry Allen, who was living near the Stained Glass Theater, he is fine," an announcer said Wednesday afternoon. "He's staying with friends."

Another listener reported, "I want everyone to know that Alice DuBois, 94 years old, is alive and well. We hadn't heard from her until yesterday afternoon. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers."


Ang said...

I've been listening to them over Internet radio here in KC. They're doing great work.

Anonymous said...

I went by Joplin last night...what devastation. Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

That is awesome. Thank You Zimmer!!