Radio is still the “go-to” medium when communities are in trouble, and the tragic flooding in Southern Alberta is no exception. Here’s what some stations are doing.
The three Golden West stations in High River were forced to evacuate and moved to their sister station in Okotoks and were able to continue to broadcast urgent news and information. Golden West plans to build new studios in High River.
In Calgary, the three Corus stations were forced out of their Eu Claire studios which are located right next to the Bow River. And while their two music stations, Country 105 & Q107, got audio back on the air, it took a little longer for audio to return to the AM station, 77NewsTalk. When it did return, it was a simulcast 630 CHED from Edmonton. This is the second time within a year the station was off the air for an extended period of time. Last year in July, a fire in the Shaw building put the Corus stations off the air.
The CBC in Calgary were also forced to evacuate, but quickly set up a makeshift newsroom at SAIT Polytechnic.