N.Y. broadcaster: "We never went off the air" during Hurricane Sandy

02/6/2013 | Politico (Washington, D.C.)

Wireless providers in New York and New Jersey were "nowhere to be found" during Hurricane Sandy, which cut off service and disabled cellphone towers, Jack Schnirman, city manager of Long Beach, N.Y., said at a Federal Communications Commission hearing. Broadcasters touted the role of radio and TV as a lifeline during the storm. "The investment that broadcasters have made over the years in journalism is important to remember," said Dave Davis, WABC-TV's president and general manager. "During the height of the storm, we lost electricity. We lost key Internet centers in downtown Manhattan. We know we lost a lot of cellphone power. Broadcasting never went out. We never went off the air."

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