Stations are rising to meet local needs
The National Federation of Community Broadcasters is pleased to release a 2021 white paper that gives a clear sense of community radio’s impact during the coronavirus pandemic.
NFCB’s white paper is a data-driven as well as detail-rich snapshot of how community radio stations are today addressing the coronavirus pandemic. In interviews and surveys with more than 100 broadcasters, NFCB found that stations serving diverse and often isolated communities are providing critical, consistent programming services during the pandemic. These stations pivoted from their conventional programming schedules to public safety news and public affairs programming blanketing the airwaves.
Our report contains dozens of stories from rural communities nationwide. You can see and hear from even more stations on this page.
Community Stations and COVID-19
KMRE: Coronavirus Stories series – Maker Space
An excerpt of KIDE’s Facebook livestream of a COVID-19 Tribal update
Radio Indigena – Mixteco with Arcenio Lopez
WHCP-LP’s broadcast and Stream during COVID-19
WJFF Local Edition
Stations respond during the crisis
Wildfires that struck this region during the pandemic put new dimensions on local hardship. The station sprang into action, telling the stories of local firefighters and fire brigades, and how large landowners, state parks, county parks, and regional open space districts are turning to Native American history and practices to use controlled, or prescribed, burns to prevent catastrophic wildfires. The station produced a series of interviews about the preparation, practice, and future use of prescribed burns as a subject of several stories.
KOPN Community Pulse
KWLP shares Tribal Council meetings during COVID-19
KSQD interview with evacuee
KSQD (Santa Cruz, California) had five volunteers begin reporting immediately around the clock from the August 2020 wildfires. The station aired stories from the shelters around the county and from the firefighter briefings. It also opened the phone lines for offers of help, including shelter, goods and food for fire victims.