When Gustav Met Hanna

29 Aug

Gustav is heading toward New New Orleans this morning.

WWL 870 New Orleans is providing up to date information on air and on line.

Their website has very good information.

New Orleans is a lucky to have a station with a full-time local line-up.

WWL please don’t change.

It is important to note during Katrina, many people outside of New Orleans listened to WWL’s skywave signal for information.

This demonstrates the importance of the high power ‘clear channel’ AM stations.

Houston might not be out of the woods, yet.

So, KTRH could still get a ‘do over’ after Edouard.

The Hurricane Watch Network is available on line at is on shortwave using 14.325 when the Hurricane is within 300 miles of landfall. You’ll hear radio operators reporting weather conditions in the impacted area.

Tropical Storm Hanna is heading to the east coast.

Stations from Florida to at least the Carolinas should be prepared.

Find interesting frequencies and information under the ‘Emergency’ section in the right column on this blog.

A shortwave radio or WIFI radio are both great ways to hear the action.

AM stations like WWL can be heard at great distances at night because of their skywave.

Tune a good AM radio to 870 and you’re likely to pick them up in most of the country.

This is called DXing or distant listening.

There are a couple of articles about DXing on this blog.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hannah fans will be able to hear coverage on WBT 1110 Charlotte if the storm heads to the Carolinas.

WBT is heard throughout the northeast and south at night.

Friday morning it looked like Hanna was making a U-turn toward South Florida.

KLVI 560 in Beaumont and WJBO 1150 Baton Rouge are two more stations with lower power but good programming from the area Gustav is projected to hit.

Stations will use their daytime power at night during an emergency. This will make it easier to hear them outside of their home area.

Check back here from time to time.

I’ll add additional frequencies or interesting places to listen as I find them.

I don’t want to sound like a storm freak, but I do love great storm coverage.

Let’s hope the storms just blow themselves out before reaching land.


Posted by on August 29, 2008 in Radio programming


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2 responses to “When Gustav Met Hanna

  1. Paul Rasmussen

    August 30, 2008 at 11:24 am

    WWL is beloved in New Orleans. Dave Cohen, Chris Miller and others worked in the worst conditions to keep people informed during Katrina. Here’s hoping they have nothing to report concerning Gustav. The last hurricane was more than enough for one city in one century.

  2. alanfurst

    August 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    They deserve a special award for their work. Things are not looking good for the city, but their attitude is great on air. They are helping people, keeping spirits up and ‘holding’ hands of the city to get them through it again. I hope other radio people keep their ears to their stream and broadcasts a learn how to do it right. We need a WWL in ever city large and small.


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