Hurricane Sally

Three stations – two FMs and an AM – have been reported off the air so far because of Hurricane Sally. The Federal Communications Commission said sports “100.3 The Ticket” WTKE-FM and Cumulus Media’s country “Nash FM 105.5” WYZB in the Ft. Walton Beach-Destin, FL market; and iHeartMedia’s “News Radio 710” WNTM in the Mobile, AL market are off the air as a result of the storm. Another station, Cumulus-owned “News Talk Radio 1370” WCOA Pensacola, FL, is said to be sending its programming to another station.

The outages reported by the FCC represent a snapshot in time, with some stations possibly joining the list and others signing back on. Each day the FCC is asking stations in the region to report their status to the Disaster Information Reporting System. DIRS can be accessed HERE.

On Wednesday the FCC announced it was shrinking the list of counties where it was seeking information. Here’s where DIRS remains activated:

  • Alabama: Baldwin, Butler, Clarke, Conecuh, Covington, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington
  • Florida: Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton
  • Mississippi: George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Stone, Walthall

Sally made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane Wednesday at 4:45am (CT) near Gulf Shores, AL with sustained winds of 105 mph. As it moved across land near the Alabama-Florida border Sally was downgraded to a Tropical Storm and as of 1pm (CT) Wednesday had sustained winds of approximately 70 mph. The storm was moving extremely slow at five mph with the possibility of some areas seeing up to 35 inches of rain in what’s been described as “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding.”

“Nothing is going to go away anytime soon,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told CNN. “The winds, the torrential rainfall, the slow movement and the storm surge – this is a dangerous situation all around.”

The Media Bureau earlier announced that it is ready to begin accepting and reviewing any special requests for temporary authority (STA) prompted by the effects of Hurricane Sally. The Bureau said STA requests can be submitted through the Consolidated Database System (CDBS), or if necessary, by email or telephone.

“All requests shall provide the technical parameters of the proposed operation and a point of contact. These requests will be handled as expeditiously as possible,” it said in a public notice.

The Commission has also announced that, in order to address any emergencies that may come up during the next several days, the FCC Operations Center will be open 24-hours a day, including throughout the weekend. The FCC Ops Center can be reached at 202-418-1122 or by e-mail at FCCOPCenter@fcc.gov.

Got a hurricane or wildfire related question?

FM Stations: Dale Bickel, (202) 418-2706; Dale.Bickel@fcc.gov

AM Stations: Jerome Manarchuck, (202) 418-7226, Jerome.Manarchuck@fcc.gov

After Hours: FCC Operations Center, 202-418-1122 or FCCOperationCenter@fcc.gov