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Post-Sandy Update on the Katrina Network

In the months following the failure of the federal levee system in New Orleans, a group of 31 community radio stations from around the world lent a much-needed hand as WWOZ struggled to stay on the air. Thus was the Katrina Network born.

Now, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, one of those stations needs help: WFMU in Jersey City, NJ, has suffered a financial disaster. Sandy will end up costing the station some $250,000, as detailed in this Star-Ledger article on nj.com and this one from wfmu.org.

From wfmu.org: "WFMU's Silent Fundraiser has segued into Hurricane Recovery Mode as we uncover more and more damage at our studios and transmitter sites, combined with the enormous loss we've taking due to the cancellation of the Record Fair. Make a Hurricane Recovery pledge now and help WFMU recover from electrical, water and financial damage suffered during the Hurricane."

Listen to WFMU Station Manager Ken Freedman on the post-Sandy State of the Station

 


 

Other, post-Sandy reading:

--For a timely read on public radio and natural disasters, read WWOZ General Manager David Freedman's "What to Do When the Thing Hits Your Station", in which he offers lessons drawn from WWOZ's experience in Katrina and Isaac.

--We received a moving letter from the National Jazz Foundation, about the plight of musicians in New York City and her organizations efforts to help. Read about it here.

--The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council offer an extensive list of links to recovery resources, including a section devoted to artists. 

 

The Katrina Network is:

The Katrina Network
KALW
San Francisco, CA
KDHX
St. Louis, MO
KBOO
Portland, OR
WJFF
Jeffersonville, NY
KSVR
Mount Vernon, WA
WOMR
Provincetown, MA
WMPG
Portland, ME
WBGO
Newark, NJ
KDNK
Carbondale, CO
KOTO
Telluride, CO
WFHB
Bloomington, IN
KRCB
Rohnert Park, CA
WLIU
Southampton, NY
WCWP
Southampton, NY
KZFR
Chico, CA
WEMU
Ypsilanti, MI
KBCS
Bellevue, WA
KSDS
San Diego, CA
CKUA
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3PBS
Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia
KGNU
Denver, CO
WGDR
Plainfield, VT
KXCI
Tuscon, AZ
KUVO
Denver, CO
KRFC
Fort Collins, CO
WRFG
Atlanta, GA
WFCR
Amherst, MA
KPFT
Houston, TX
KQED
San Francisco, CA
KEXP
Seattle, WA
WFMU
Jersey City, NJ
Community Radio Working Together!

 

Comments

I made my pledge

We lost WWOZ to Katrina. A flooded station in a flooded city and it felt like a piece of our soul was missing. Then remember when WFMU began streaming old WWOZ shows? I'll forever be grateful to WFMU for bringing back the first hope that New Orleans' culture would return.

Now that WFMU has taken a hit by Hurricane Sandy, I just pledged $180 to them. It always feels great to donate to a public radio station but this time, I've never felt better.

Come join me and support WFMU at:

https://www.wfmu.org/marathon/pledge.php

WJFF and WLIU/WCWP, you're next.

Jamie Dell'Apa
Saturday midnight to Sunday 3am on WWOZ

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