8:15 a.m. KTSA Morning Edge Commentary 10/9/2002

Local Talk Radio

We just experienced another situation that makes me appreciate Local Talk Radio. Thunder and bigtime lightning in the middle of the night.

I need to know what's going on. Not what's going on at some corporate hub in another city. I want to know the weather situation here.

Remember a middle of the night in October four years ago? We lost 31 lives and had 750-million dollars in damage. And in that horrible flood of October 17th and 18th of '98, when San Marcos got 30 inches of rain, Local Talk Radio was here through it all.

Eight years ago this week, when we had 10 inches of rain and that was just the beginning, Local Talk Radio was here. In October 1994 the remnants of hurricane Rosa dropped 30 inches on southeast Texas.

Three months ago, when some people worried about Medina Dam holding up, when Canyon Dam overflowed for the first time ever, Local Talk Radio was here.

So when there's thunder at 2 in the morning, I want local information, and that's what I get from KTSA.

An odd thing happened with radio consolidation in the past few years. Just about every station in the whole country got sucked up into one of two huge media conglomerates. Their conglomerate centralized programming and moved its off-peak San Antonio news operation to Houston. My conglomerate left us right here where we live. Local talk, local news, San Antonio people working in San Antonio.

Even at two o'clock in the morning. Their conglomerate can't say that, because they don't do it.

I'm Brad Messer with commentary at 8:15 on KTSA's Morning Edge.

USGS: flood peaks October 1998 San Antonio, Guadalupe, other rivers
NOAA: Mid-October 1998 heavy rain event Central/So.Central Texas
Disaster Relief Org: July 1-5 2002 south-central Texas floods
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