OK, now that we know that no one died, and that damage from yesterday’s 5.8 earthquake that shook east coast residents was minimal, we have to admit to just a bit of self-satisfied giggling here in the west coast offices of NTS MediaOnline Today while watching the breathless cable news coverage that went on for hours following the temblor. Then again, we suspect a blizzard here in San Diego would probably cause a similar sort of panic, so we’ll cut our east coast pals a bit of slack. Meanwhile, in the wake of the ‘quake, NAB EVP/Communications Dennis Wharton used the occasion to send a timely shout-out to DC politicians saying, “Policymakers debating spectrum policy ought to take note that the one reliable communications service during Tuesday’s earthquake was the original wireless technology — free and local broadcasting. It’s easy to get dazzled by iPads and Smartphones, but all the spectrum in the world won’t ensure reliability of the ‘one-to-one’ cellphone network architecture during an emergency. When there’s a crisis, it’s hard to replicate the reliability of the ‘one-to-everyone’ local radio and TV broadcast signal.”
Meanwhile, the very serious businesses of preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene has moved to the top of the priority list for radio stations up and down the east coast. While forecasters now expect Irene to weaken somewhat before hitting the U.S., officials are urging residents from coastal Carolina to New England to remain vigilant. News/Talker WWNC/Ashville reports that Governor Bev Perdue is cautioning residents to prepare, but also gently urged vacationers not to beat too hasty a retreat from their summer beach vacations. Perdue said emergency officials will make a call on what to do next come Thursday morning, depending on the storm’s track at that point. Even if downgraded, Irene is expected to produce some widespread heavy rains and coastal flooding in many states up and down the eastern seaboard.
UPDATE: As of Wednesday afternoon (8/24) NC Governor Perdue has ordered mandatory evacuation of the state’s barrier islands — some reachable only by boat — and also said that mandatory evacuations for residents of coastal regions will be in place by Thursday morning.
WTMJ/Milwaukee weekend host James T. Harris heads south to enjoy Arizona’s warmer climes, where he’ll takeover a new 10am-noon slot on sister Journal Broadcast Group-owned News/Talker KQTH-FM (104.1 The Truth)/Tucson. Harris (pictured) is no stranger to “Truth” listeners, as his Milwaukee-based weekly talk show has also aired on KQTH for the past year. Commenting on his move to The Grand Canyon State Harris said, “‘The Beautiful Man’ is super excited to be joining the Truth family. I hope everyone in the desert ain’t afraid to be who you are, ’cause I’m coming. We’ve spent Sunday nights together for over a year, now it’s time to take this thing to a whole new level. Are you ready Tucson?”
Just days shy of the one-year anniversary of his Restoring Honor rally on The Mall in Washington, DC, today Premiere Radio Networks syndicated talker and GBTV host Glenn Beck (pictured) addressed a crowd gathered for his Restoring Courage event held in Israel. Beck’s website has the text from his address, along with some video excerpts HERE … WZON/Bangor, Maine — famous for being owned-and-operated by author Steven King — hires Pat LaMarche to co-host a new morning show on the station beginning September 12th. Long active in New England politics and the Green Party‘s 2004 Vice Presidential nominee, LaMarche has most recently penned a weekly syndicated column for the Bangor Daily News and also serves as a contributor to the Huffington Post … Department of DOH! Hey, it was just one small letter but, in yesterday’s NTS MediaOnline Today coverage of the FCC’s killing off the Fairness Doctrine, we inadvertently misspelled Oregon Congressman Greg Walden’s name. We’re pretty confident we’ve got it right this time around.
Sports/Talker Jim Rome celebrated his radio show’s 15th anniversary recently, with a gathering at L.A.’s W Hotel that included friends, affiliates, associates and clients of the Premiere Radio Networks nationally syndicated program. Grabbing an office-wall souvenir with “Romey” at the late summer evening gala are (l-r): KLSD/San Diego Program Director Brian Wilson, Clear Channel/San Diego President/Market Manager Debbie Wagner and Rome.
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