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Remembering Katrina: Eight Years After the Storm

August 29, 2013 marks the eight-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's landfall in southeast Louisiana, the subsequent collapse of the man-made flood protection system, and the ensuing Federal Flood. As WWOZ General Manager David Freedman wrote before last year's anniversary, New Orleans hasn't "recovered", but we have moved on.

Let's remember to take a moment to reflect on both what we lost, and on how far we've come, since that awful August morning.

In regard to the latter, this article from The Lens on the elaborate procedures for preparing the flood protection system when a hurricane approaches makes for fascinating reading.

One memorial service of note: Waveland, MS will host an event marking the anniversary and the opening of the new Ground Zero Museum.

 

WWOZ Thanks the Katrina Network

In the months following the failure of the federal levee system in New Orleans, a group of 31 community radio stations from around the world lent a much-needed hand as WWOZ struggled to stay on the air.

WWOZ salutes this group of stations — now affectionately called the Katrina Network — for embodying the true spirit of community radio, as well as the notion of Guarding the Groove. The Katrina Network is commemorated on the back of the WWOZ Live Broadcast Truck (pictured) as a testament to the power of community radio stations working together.

In November 2012, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Katrina Network helped WFMU, a community radio station in Jersey City, NJ.

The Katrina Network
KALW
San Francisco, CA
KDHX
St. Louis, MO
KBOO
Portland, OR
WJFF
Jeffersonville, NY
KSVR
Mount Vernon, WA
WOMR
Provincetown, MA
WMPG
Portland, ME
WBGO
Newark, NJ
KDNK
Carbondale, CO
KOTO
Telluride, CO
WFHB
Bloomington, IN
KRCB
Rohnert Park, CA
WLIU
Southampton, NY
WCWP
Southampton, NY
KZFR
Chico, CA
WEMU
Ypsilanti, MI
KBCS
Bellevue, WA
KSDS
San Diego, CA
CKUA
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3PBS
Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia
KGNU
Denver, CO
WGDR
Plainfield, VT
KXCI
Tuscon, AZ
KUVO
Denver, CO
KRFC
Fort Collins, CO
WRFG
Atlanta, GA
WFCR
Amherst, MA
KPFT
Houston, TX
KQED
San Francisco, CA
KEXP
Seattle, WA
WFMU
Jersey City, NJ
Community Radio Working Together!

 

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