40 years ago

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On June 22, 1972, Virginia was struggling to recover from Hurricane Agnes. One of the oldest surviving recordings from WJMA is the 5 o'clock report from Thursday June 22, 1972 and a warp up of hurricane news. The linked story is an edited version of a longer report.

As I recall, Alex Formwalt was holding down the afternoon shift and I was standing by for the Evening Show when I was drafted to read the hurricane news. The number of local voices in the story is impressive in this pre-news department effort. It would be a few more years before Chet Burgess would come on board to get a serious news operation started. <http://www.wjma.radiohistory.net/WJMA%20audio/WJMA%20news/Hurricane%20Agnes.mp3>

There's a lot more on Agnes on the internet. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Agnes>

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