Storm Coverage: Hurricane Sandy, 2012 – Part 1 – WCBS 880 New York | October 28, 2012, 3pm-5pm

880 AM New York WCBS AM Craig Allen Frank Strait Bill Buckner Michael Shoen Mayor Bloomberg Evacuations Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy. Has any storm ever put more fear into the hearts of people? The storm caused more damage than any before it, with losses in the Billions, and personal losses that can’t be expressed.

Why post radio coverage of a tragedy such as this? Several reasons. First, as with the media coverage of 9/11/01, these recordings represent history and belong in an online audio museum such as ours, just as the audio history of WW2, Vietnam, Korea, and even the comedic ‘Old Time Radio’ of the 1930s belongs.

Some will say they can’t listen. Some will listen, but not until their lives are back to some sense of normality. Others will listen out of curiocity, living in places away from the damage and destruction. Whatever your feelings about this, I’ve decided to post as much coverage as I, your webmaster, recorded until my power went out at about 3:30 pm on Oct. 29, 2012, as the storm’s full fury unleashed itself on the Northeast. When you’re ready, begin with this, the first of our series of coverage of Hurricane Sandy.

Our coverage begins with the afternoon news from WCBS 880 New York from Sunday 10/28/12 – the day before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Southern New Jersey. Listen for the rundown of cancellations and mass transit shutdowns as Mayor Bloomberg got New York City ready for an onslaught never before seen in the Big Apple.

Steve West

880 AM New York WCBS AM Craig Allen Frank Strait Bill Buckner Michael Shoen Mayor Bloomberg Evacuations Hurricane Sandy


  1. Mit Mathews

    Generally, storms up the east coast don’t scare me much. This one did…. Monday morning saw the beginning of my day in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, TN. I was driving home to go to work Tuesday Morning(so I thought). The trip was uneventful until about 60 miles out of Washington, DC.. By that time i was getting WTOP on my radio. The driving was tough, but slow. I heard how bad it was to the north uf us, and i was worried. when I opened my front door, there was a blast of warm air. My lights were still on!! Never lost them. However i feel badly for those to the north who lost them with some still not restored. I wish all in ‘Jersey and NYC the best and a speedy recovery. I see that really has yet to happen as of 11/4. I am sorry… M

  2. Ding Recto

    WCBS-AM 880 is good because they aired the entire storm effects in the suburbs damaged. WINS is more wooried about sandy’s effects in NYC I tended to hear “in the city” in WINS coverage. As of December 1st 2012 San Francisco is facing a wild storm that affects more in Mudslide areas and the Cliffs in Pacifica and KCBS 740 and 106.9 FM did a good job in airing the west coast storms.

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