Wild Is The Wind
Nov 4, 2012

How we at WURD survived and pushed forward after Hurricane Sandy

I knew when I accepted the role of WURD Program Director that it was going to be a wild ride, but dealing with host & producer deployment in the midst of hurricane weather in late October truly never crossed my mind. All day last Sunday, I would look out my apartment windows whenever I walked past them, noting the odd grey color of the sky and how eerie it all looked. I had no idea how bad things would get, but I did have the good sense to make a big pot of pasta and order some other food items that would sustain me if I lost power for a while. On Sunday night and early Monday morning, when officials began making the calls that most of our region would be shut down to help save people from Mother Nature and themselves, I figured I'd be bunkered in for a while. It made for a very interesting two days.

I am very proud of my WURD staff members who braved the gusting winds and power blinks on Monday to help keep the station on the air as long as it was safe to do so. Bill Anderson & Troy Wilmore came in to the station before dawn, rather than host their usual Breakfast at Brady live remote. I was able to host the MOJO via Skype, while radio vet Nat Washington held things down on Delaware Avenue. And that is where Nat stayed until 7pm that evening...mixing between host shows and AccuWeather updates until he agreed that he should head home to safer surroundings. On Tuesday, our management crew banded together to create a playlist of "Best of" shows that would air throughout the day even though we were ordered to stay off the roads by elected officials while Sandy cleanup was in full effect. This, despite dodging downed trees to check on the condition of the station, widespread power outages and other conditions that test human mettle. Those of us who had internet access and electricity helped to lead the charge so that WURD was still a vibrant on-air presence during a trying time for many. That is the job I signed up for. That is the dedication that you all have come to expect from us, and I am proud to be a part of a team who takes this responsibility seriously. Say WURD!

Now, for this week's playlist:

  • Stay On The Battlefield - Sweet Honey In The Rock ft Sonia Sanchez
  • Song #2 - Sonia Sanchez
  • Stormy Mondays - Chuck Brown
  • Humbled - Ursula Rucker ft Sonia Sanchez
  • Buses Are A-Comin' - Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • I Am - Kindred The Family Soul ft Jazmine Sullivan
  • Gospel Medley - Lizz Wright
  • Life Goes On - Cree Summer
  • Clean Up Woman - Leela James
  • Fantasy - Me'shell NdegeOcello
  • Spirits - Gil Scott-Heron
  • After The Rain - Little Dragon
  • Little Ghetto Boy [live] - Donny Hathaway
  • I Am A Lady - Bernice Johnson Reagon