Radio Stations of the Mountain and Plain States Institutional Award for Rendering Highly Important Service During the 1948 Blizzard
Radio Stations of the Mountain and Plain States
(Honorable Mention) During this season’s unprecedented severe winter in Western America, the radio stations of the mountain and plain states “distinguished themselves by rendering highly important service to the many isolated communities,” Chairman Weeks said. Transportation by rail and highway was completely stopped by the heavy snows and high winds. Thousands of travelers were stranded in areas without adequate living facilities. Great flocks of sheep and herds of cattle were threatened with starvation. Radio stations in the stricken area gave liberally of their time and facilities and were highly cooperative in aiding authorities to meet the difficult situation. Relief procedures were broadcast to marooned towns. Lost and stranded travelers were found. The now famous hay and feed lifts were greatly helped and implemented. For this distinguished service, in this emergency, radio stations of the mountain and plain states are to be strongly commended.