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Stations, individual broadcasters continue Harvey recovery process

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, hundreds of Texas broadcasters in Houston and Beaumont-Port Arthur have suffered extreme losses, and reports are still coming in from stations in the Victoria and Corpus Christi area.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America already is processing applications for emergency cash grants of $1,000 each.

Broadcasters in need – and those who wish to make contributions in support of this work – can apply or donate here.

The foundation’s emergency relief program distributes the grants after a disaster and its expedited emergency grant application process is streamlined to provide assistance as quickly as possible.

Account executives, on-air personalities, producers, programmers, music and traffic directors – basically anyone employed by a Radio or Television station and in need because of a disaster such as Hurricane Harvey – is eligible for assistance.

For public media employees, the Colleagues Helping Colleagues fund also is available. Greater Public established the fund in 2005 as a means for people working in public media to directly support their colleagues who suffered losses in natural disasters.


Texas Radio and Television stations quickly stepped up and are doing their usual stellar job at serving their local communities.

Recent examples include twenty-five Houston Radio stations came together to support the Houston Food Bank through a three-day on-air fundraiser. In total, the campaign raised $300,000 to feed those affected by the hurricane.

Every dollar donated creates three meals for someone in need.

Elsewhere in the state, all 11 Texas TEGNA stations will broadcast the “Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas” benefit concert on Friday, September 22 – live from Austin.

The broadcast will reach more than 80% of the state and also will stream internationally on

The concert features performances from Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett and many more.

Spence creates hurricane PSA with U.S. Presidents

Roy Spence and his team were called on last week by five former U.S. Presidents to produce a PSA encouraging all Americans to help.

TAB emailed the spot to all Texas TV stations and encouraged airing for the next three weeks.

Download the TV spot here and the Radio spot here (.aif) or here (.mp3).

Questions? Contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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