Houston Take Cover

11 Sep

Hurricane Gustav is fresh in our minds so Ike should get everyone’s serious attention.

The forecast storm track has shifted again this time toward the east bringing it closer to Houston and Galveston.   This is very serious news for people living in that area.

WWL New Orleans set the standard for hurricane coverage.  That bar is very high.

Houston has one major news station KTRH which did a terrible job during the last hurricane.  They stayed with network programming and baseball instead of going into full coverage.

KTRH is handling their coverage pretty well this morning.

Through the miracle of WIFI I’m able to monitor KILT FM.  As expected  the Hudson and Harrigan morning show is all over it.

H&H as they are known have been the morning team on KILT since the top 40 days.  The players changed over the years, the current team has been together for over thirty years.

They know the town very well.

KILT coverage is focused on closings, evacuations and routes.   It will not surprise me to hear KILT rolling through the next few days in full coverage.

They have live coverage of Mayor White’s press conference.  Remember this is a music station.

KTRH is still promoting an Astros game broadcast tonight.

The Houston area could get caught flat footed simply because all models had this storm tracking toward Corpus Christi.   Many people are waking up to a unexpected situation this morning.

There are thousands and thousands of people who have never been through a hurricane.  Houston has been very lucky for a long time.

Radio must do its part to help people get out of harms way.

The storm track is found at the hurricane network.  The network is expected to be in action on 14.325 USB shortwave tomorrow morning.  They stream the audio for those without a radio.

KTRH is heard at 740 AM. Check their stream on their website.

KVLI Beaumont which is east of Houston is 560 AM.

KILT FM is streaming on the net and on WIFI.

WWL broadcast every news conference live, and made sure the public was completely informated.

Let’s hope Houstonians get the same support from their local radio.

Oh and not so fast there Corpus, you’re not out of the woods yet.


Posted by on September 11, 2008 in Radio programming


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2 responses to “Houston Take Cover

  1. Gene

    September 11, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    You’re 100% correct that a situation like this is where radio comes closest to fulfilling its requirement to operate in the public interest. I’m listening to KTRH now & they’re doing wall to wall coverage this afternoon. (I just heard a listener say he JUST HEARD there was a hurricane… WOW! Talk about disconnected…)

    The only suggestion I would have is to add links to these stations. Yes, you can google them, but it is ice to be able to click the link in your post:

    KTRH, Houston – (“listen live” is near top left.)

    KLVI, Beaumont – (“listen live” is on the top left.)

    KILT-FM, Houston – (“listen live” is 13 links down on the left.)

    Thanks for a great blog!

  2. Gene

    September 11, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    QUICK UPDATE: While you’ll hear Sean Hannity on KTRH’s web stream right now, I heard them say before the top of the hour Sean was going to be heard locally on 960… so apparently they are continuing local coverage on KTRH but streaming syndication… disappointing, but better than running Hannity on the big stick!


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