Hurricane Michael Hitting Florida Panhandle As A Cat 4 With 155 MPH Winds

Hurricane Michael Hitting Florida Panhandle As A Cat 4 With 155 MPH Winds


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Michael On Land

ALL ACCESS is thinking about all of our radio friends in the path of HURRICANE MICHAEL (NET NEWS 10/9), which is facing a catastrophic, unprecedented Category 4 strike on THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE and BIG BEND. The latest reports have winds hitting 155 mph, which "could leave some areas without power for over a week," reports THE WEATHER CHANNEL.

Here's a live cam from PANAMA CITY, FL.

MICHAEL is now making landfall as a Category 4 storm, and "will be the strongest hurricane to ever come ashore along the FLORIDA PANHANDLE in records dating to 1851, according to Dr. PHIL KLOTZBACH, tropical scientist at COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY. In fact, FLORIDA's entire Gulf Coast north of PUNTA GORDA has never recorded a Category 4-plus hurricane landfall."

iHEARTMEDIA's PANAMA CITY cluster has gone into full coverage mode, with Country WPAP simulcasting wall-to-wall coverage on sister News-Talk WFLF-F (94.5 WFLA), Active Rock WDIZ, Urban WEBZ (99.3 THE BEAT), and AC WFSY (SUNNY 98.5).  The stations are also using reports from crosstown GRAY TELEVISION NBC affiliate WJHG-TV.

MAGIC BROADCASTING Top 40 WILN (ISLAND 106)/PANAMA CITY, FL Production Dir./afternooner TYLER LEUCHT checked in with ALL ACCESS from ground zero. "We're just trying to make sure our listeners have the best information they can. We've kept a flow of info coursing down our FACEBOOK page along with some fun topics to get their minds at ease and have been giving updates twice an hour on air. I just spoke with some of the TV stations here, WECP and WJHG, and have agreed to air their wall to wall coverage of the storm on our airwaves. 

"If people lose power they can still get what they need on the radio. Right now we just want what's best for our listeners. Oh and I’m the lucky person that gets to go to the studio at 330a to make all this happen. Pray for me … LOL! And the last breaks have been done. Kicking the coverage over to TV and getting myself into some shelter. Keep your fringers crossed for us!"

Broadcasters Foundation Prepares For New Influx Of Emergency Aid Requests From Hurricane Michael 

THE BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA is preparing for another influx of emergency grant applications from victims of Hurricane MICHAEL, even as requests for emergency aid from those affected by Hurricane FLORENCE are still coming in.  
 
Broadcasters whose personal lives or property are acutely affected by Hurricanes MICHAEL or FLORENCE are encouraged to find out if they quality for an emergency grant by visiting broadcastersfoundation.org/hurricanerelief.  State Broadcast Associations in affected areas are working with the Broadcasters Foundation to alert members that they can apply for aid.
 
THE BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION Emergency Grant Relief Program provides an expedited application process that is streamlined to deliver emergency funds as quickly as possible to qualifying individuals who work (or have worked) in broadcasting. Emergency grants are based on financial need. 
 
Earlier this year, THE BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION Board of Directors elected to double the maximum amount of an individual emergency grant from $1,000 to $2,000. This increase is particularly significant when considering that last year more than $300,000 was awarded to individual victims of a rash of disasters that included Hurricanes HARVEY, IRMA and MARIA, as well as wildfires and floods.
 
For more than 70 years, THE BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of needy broadcasters and their families. To learn more about emergency or monthly grants or to donate, please contact THE BROADCASTERS FOUNDATION at (212) 373-8250 or info@thebfoa.org or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.

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Published at Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:24:08 +0000

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