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Radio Rides Out Hurricane Irma with WTW Coverage
RADIO ONLINE | Monday, September 11, 2017 | 0:59am CT

Beasley Media Group's stations in Fort Myers remain on the air, a remarkable feat given the strength of Hurricane Irma, which made landfall for the second time there as a Category 3 storm. Beasley's building sustained heavy flood damage due to the storm surge, while providing wall to wall news content on WXKB, WJPT, WRXK, WWCN from partner NBC TV2 with local cut-ins from its team.

In Tampa, all Beasley English stations went wall to wall news on Saturday night from its ABC Tampa partner with live cut-ins from our local staff. WYUU is running wall to wall with Telemundo with live cut-ins from Program Director Nio. While the GM, OM, numerous PDs, engineer and other staff members are on-site, the company instructed most of its staff to leave town.

iHeartMedia in partnership with NBC 6 and Telemundo's over 51 meteorologists, provided nonstop coverage on the storm in both English and Spanish on 610 WIOD Miami. The station's coverage was delivered to all of its markets via Premiere. Contributors to 610 WIOD's coverage included personalities Elvis Duran, Enrique Santos, Froggy, Papa Keith and Doc Reno, and Jimmy Cefalo and Manny Munoz, as well as WHYI, WBGG, WMIB, WMIA, and WZTU personalities.

All other iHeartMedia stations in Tampa, Orlando, Sarasota, Ft. Meyers, West Palm, Jacksonville and others have joined forces to provide wall to wall coverage for their communities on air, on iHeartRadio and all social platforms.

The Salem Radio Network -- which has so-far raised $401,844.00 in emergency relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas -- is partnering with non-profit relief organization Save The Children to rush emergency supplies to children and families throughout Florida following the devastation of Irma.

Lou Dobbs -- host of SRN's "Lou Dobbs Financial Reports" is lending his personal support to the campaign with messages in SRN's syndicated talk shows hosted by Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Larry Elder and others. In addition, Salem's twin 24/7 news networks -- SRN News and Townhall News -- will also provide information on how listeners can donate to Hurricane Irma emergency relief.

Todd Schnitt, afternoon host of "The Schnitt Show" syndicated by Compass Media Networks, flew down to Tampa (where he formerly lived, still owns a home, and is heard on WFLA) to broadcast live. He will be on the air Monday from Tampa too.

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