Storm Coverage: Hurricane Sandy, 2012 – Part 2, Various Stations (CT/NY) | October 28, 2012 – 7-8 AM

Running 33 minutes, here’s part two of our coverage of Hurricane Sandy recorded on Monday morning, 8-10 hours before landfall.

The reason for recording this, was to document radio’s coverage and response to a major emergency. The only editing of this recording done was to remove most of the commercials and music, where it was played.

Note the tone of each broadcaster, and content of each station this particular morning. Before the storm’s effects were fully felt, the Tri-State region was already in lockdown, Connecticut’s governor had already closed all roads in the state, and New York City was already beginning to see flooding in Lower Manhattan. And still, listening to this recording, note that aside from WTIC and WINS, other stations were mentioning Sandy, but basically it was ‘format as usual’ – and this was Morning Drive.

Watch, as more coverage is posted next week, and see just how many stations all but ignored the storm as the day progressed from morning to afternoon, and only News/Talk stations really had a handle on coverage. There are bright spots in the radio coverage, but we’ll talk about that next time.

Steve West

I am the owner and editor of, an audio museum of radio history. An audiophile and broadcast professional, I have worked on the air in radio stations in Central Massachusetts, Charleston, South Carolina, Corpus Christi, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and Norwalk, Connecticut. Full disclosure: Steve "West" is my radio name, assigned to me by the former Ops manager at what was WMBZ, 94.1 "The Buzz" in Memphis. I kept it for the radio stuff I do.Currently, On-Air at on-line station weekends, and by day I am an Electrician at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut.

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2 Responses

  1. David says:

    ESPN Radio 98.7 simulcasted its sister station WABC-TV’s wall-to-wall news coverage of (rightly named) Superstorm (and equally rightly named Hurricane) Sandy, including the nightly “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer”). (I know. Sandy knocked the juice out of my house. [Power was restored to my part of town late the following Saturday afternoon.])

    • David says:

      Oh-speaking of Connecticut, the same simulcast was utilized the day of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre (Newtown, CT being in the Fairfield County ‘burbs of NYC) and part of the following day. (And both ESPN 98.7/WABC-TV simulcasts were, respectively, six months and seven-and-a-half months removed from the demise of Urban AC station 98.7 Kiss-FM!)

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