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» Claudette Update: Tropical StormClaudette, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression as it moves toward Georgia and the Carolinas, battered the Southeast along the Gulf Coast this weekend bringing heavy rains, high winds and flash flooding. The rain totals contributed to the death of 13 people in Alabama on Saturday, and tornadoes did property damage in several areas according to NPRCountry Aircheck checked in with stations in the affected areas.

Townsquare/Tuscaloosa, AL Market Pres./CRO David DuBose tells Country Aircheck, “We are well but still under an emergency [order from] Mayor Walt Maddox limiting water usage. Water lines broke due to flooding, which caused water tanks to not be filled. We also suffered two storm-related casualties in the area. Our entire team came in Saturday evening, and we simulcast on all seven stations reporting on flooding and airing live interviews with Mayor Maddox and Northport City Councilor Christy Bobo. WFFN personalities Steve Shannon, Meg Summers and Tommy Paradise anchored coverage with our Dir./News Don Hartley. We pushed out more than 20 local stories on the storm and flooding via APP alerts across our websites and local digital newspaper The Tuscaloosa Thread. We are still covering the story all day today emphasizing road closings and relief efforts. Local radio at its finest!”

iHeartMedia WKSJ/Mobile, AL & WKNN/Biloxi, MS Promo Dir./on-air personality Johnna Farmer says, “The Gulf Coast really got lucky with this one, as it mostly moved north of us as a smaller tropical storm. We only received scattered rain; however, just an hour north of us, tornadoes really did a number. There was an awful wreck that took the lives of nine children and one adult as they were headed home from our beaches. Although we are prepared for it each year, this season is never easy.”

ADX WYCT/Pensacola OM Kevin King notes, “We had tornadoes in our area with some damage, but we are all fine. Both Cat Country and [News-Talk sister WRNP-AM] handled live coverage of the storms. Winds were strong but not an issue in our area, except for some downed trees. This served as a good warm-up for our typically busy hurricane season.”

As Claudette continues across the southeast, please share how markets and stations are affected and responding here.


» Texas Two Step: Former Cumulus KPLX/Dallas afternoon personality Mark Phillips has joined LCKM KTFW/Dallas & Classic Country KTWF/Wichita Falls, TX as PD/afternoon host. He succeeds Chuck Reeves, who has exited after nearly two years. “Mark brings years of successful experience in both major market and rural radio – an ideal combination for our unique position on the edge of the market,” says Pres. Gerry Schlegel. “We appreciate Chuck’s contribution over the past two years and wish [him] all the best.” Phillips exited KPLX in December (CAT 12/8/20) after more than 13 years. His prior stops include WWGR/Ft. Myers. Reach Phillips here. Reeves joined KTFW in 2019 (CAT 7/2/19) following time with KQBL/Boise, ID; KSAM/Huntsville, TX; and KBUL/Reno, NV. He’s seeking his next opportunity and can be reached here.  


» Brian Transplant: Former Beasley WXTU/PhiladelphiaImaging Dir./Production Dir./midday personality Brian McKay has returned to the station for swing/fill-in duties. He will also assist with production where needed. McKay exited last June after 10 years amid pandemic-related companywide cutbacks (CAT 6/10/20) and picked up fill-in work at crosstown Audacy Classic Hits WOGL shortly thereafter. Reach him here.