NAB: Local TV News Broadcasters Are ‘First Informers’

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

The 2017 hurricane season caused major destruction in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands.

Now, the National Assoication of Broadcasters is highlighting the efforts of Florida journalists as they converged to cover Hurricane Irma.

With hours of footage and dozens of interviews, the NAB put together a documentary showcasing Florida broadcasters as ‘First Informers.’


The footage highlights coverage and testimonials from television reporters, anchors and radio hosts in Florida as Hurricane Irma approached and hit the state’s West Coast.

“As reporters, we were standing at the phone lines, and we were telling people, ‘This is available if you need help and you don’t know what to do.’” said WWSB reporter Jess Doudrick.

Radio was a lifeline for people who rode out the storm in the Florida Keys. Electricity was out and cellphones didn’t work.

“In the Keys, radio was king. It was everything.” said Lite FM 101.5 WLYF host Julie Guy.

You can watch the full video below.