The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders declared October 24 Brookdale Public Radio Day. In a proclamation read at the October 24 freeholder meeting, the board praised Brookdale for its role in “providing news and information to the public before, during and after Superstorm Sandy” according to a recent press release.
Tom Brennan, along with WBJB staff members and students who were able to make it to campus after the storm, gathered information from state, county, and local sources and announced the information on air. “We shared information about everything from free food being offered to laundry services available, as well as other vital resources. We also dispelled rumors like water shut downs, and false information about gas rationing,” Brennan said.
WBJB was able to stay on the air because of two generators: one at the transmitter site (where the actual broadcasts occurred) and the other in the broadcast studio. “Both generators were efficient enough to run for the better part of a week. By that time both sites were able to get fuel which enabled us to continue to get the vital information out,” Brennan said.
“Tom left the Hall of Records at 2:30 p.m., and just a little after 3 p.m., he was on the air pitching for the Fall Membership Drive and sharing the honor with all of our listeners,” said Cheryl Cummings, Executive Director, Brookdale Network. “This clearly demonstrates his level of commitment. The phones began ringing off the hook with pledges. This is a well-deserved recognition for the entire radio staff for the efforts that they put into Brookdale Public Radio each and every day,” she said.
Listeners expressed their gratitude, as indicated by these comments:
My 77 year old dad, without power, living in Atlantic Highlands says he has been listening to Brookdale Public Radio because you guys provide the most information about what’s happening locally. Thanks for providing the lifeline Brookdale Public Radio! (Facebook comment)
No thank you Tom it’s great how everyone is pulling together. Proud to be a (Keans)burger! (Facebook message from Councilmember of Keansburg, after our asking for donations for a shelter setup in the middle school of the town)
Thanks so much for your hard work. We wish we could come up and help somehow. Glad to hear you guys on. Your efforts very much appreciated (Facebook comment)
Thanks for your service to the #GardenState post #SandyNJ. Follow @wbjb for the latest emergency info (Twitter comment)
Thanks to everyone at #thenight for being a lifeline this week. I am thankful for my battery powered radio (Twitter comment)
You guys have been great. Listened constantly on the windup radio. Learned lots of important info that I was able to share (Twitter comment)
Congratulations to Tom and to all WBJB staff members!
The proclamation and a photograph of Tom with the freeholders is a part of the Super Storm Sandy exhibit in the CVA Gallery. Stop by the gallery for the opening reception tonight, October 29 at 4 p.m.
Featured photo (above): Tom Brennan is surrounded by Freeholders Gary Rich and Lillian Burry on his left and Thomas Arnone, Serena DiMaso and John Curly on his right.