Florida Returns, Rebuilds, Renews

As Hurricane Irma recedes from threat to historical event, those most affected in the Caribbean and Florida shift into recovery mode with a lot of help. Read updates on many of the area's stations in last night's Country Aircheck Weekly. Here's the latest:

  • Beasley/Charlotte's Truckloads For Texas promotion has shown radio at its best. The effort raised $2.8 million, filled six semi-trucks with 350 tons of supplies, involved more than 65 staffers working 14 hours and included the unannounced arrival of NASCAR driver Mike Wallace with a much-needed forklift for loading the trucks. See an amazing recap here and a photo below.
  • WIRK/West Palm Beach PD Sammy Cruise tells Country Aircheck the station is back up. "Made it through okay," he says. "We were off the air Monday from 9am to around 3pm. Got back on and then went off again from about 10:30pm through 8am today."
  • As noted earlier, an audio broadcast of tonight's (9/12) Hand In Hand hurricane relief telethon and George Strait's Rebuild Texas Fund benefit concert is being made available for full or partial airing by any and all radio stations through Westwood One. For details on obtaining the program, click here.
  • Nielsen Audio has alerted clients that "ratings will be delayed in the near term" as the company's Tampa Bay area employees evacuated in advance of Irma. See the statement here.
  • Cold River VP/Promotion Jim Dandy returned to his Tampa area home after evacuating to Nashville and reports vehicles lined up "500 deep" at gas stations. "My wife and I ended up incredibly lucky with no damage to our home and our power is on," he says. "Our neighborhood definitely has storm damage with trees, signs and shingles down, but overall good."