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Radio helped calm listeners left in the dark

Michael W. Perry Michael W. Perry
The blackout left KHNL and K5's news studio in the dark The blackout left KHNL and K5's news studio in the dark

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The island wide blackout Friday night did not only affect residents, all businesses were temporarily out of electricity. The KHNL and K5 New Media Center also lost power with the rest of Kalihi.

News crews were dispatched to different parts of the island, while producers and editors scrambled to get information out to viewers on the neighbor islands.

Meanwhile, one block away from our newsroom, KSSK radio was inundated with phone calls. Those who were in the dark called to find out the cause of the blackout, others wanted to know when their electricity would be restored.

 But drivers were the main concern as radio announcers told them what to during dangerous driving situations. Announcers also helped calm the listeners and explained the situation.

"For those of you who have never been through an island wide power outage here, we have an interesting  situation in that we are an island, to restate the obvious,  and we can't tap into anybody else's grid and we're on our own, which means we're gonna have to go for it as best we can and gradually get everything on" KSSK host Michael W. Perry told listeners.

KSSK says it was the first radio station to go on air at around 6:30 Friday night, and it simulcast on its seven Clear Channel radio stations. Clear Channel's general manager says most of the radio announcers stayed on air until 2:00 Am Saturday morning.

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