LPFM Radio Station Staffers Rescued in Rath of Hurricane Isaac

Radio Station Staff Rescued from Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac will be remembered for its heavy rains along the Gulf Coast. For Biloxi Mississippi low-power FM WQRZ-LP, which refers to itself as “Katrina Radio”, even a building nine feet off the ground wasn’t enough to stay dry. After eight inches of water filled the station, local emergency management officials were needed to rescue four WQRZ-LP volunteers. The Sun Herald reports the LPFM was honored by President Bush for its service after Hurricane Katrina.

Three staff members of WQRZ LPFM radio were rescued from the station Wednesday in Shoreline Park of Waveland.

LPFM Radio WQRZ Brice Phillips Rescured from Hurricane IsaacBrice Phillips, leader of the station, stayed behind to keep it running and called the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency to come rescue his staff.

“I would rather have them mad at me, then not keep them alive,” Phillips said.

Phillips said he is standing in about 8 inches of water in a building that is 9 feet in elevation.

“This is a critical facility,” he said. “I’m not going to lose what protects this community.”

The WQRZ radio station was one of 41 stations in the area to survive through Katrina, and the station won an award from President Bush in honor.

Rescued were HAM radio operator Anthony Allen and staff members Debbie Huber and Jennifer Sones.

Allen said he felt it was time to leave and wishes Phillips would have left as well.

“I’m glad the EOC was sent out here to get us, and I’m thankful for each one of them,” he said.