Communities in Hawaii are grieving and looking toward a long recovery after last week’s devastating wildfire in Maui which claimed more than 90 lives and destroyed the historic town of Lahaina. Yet in the island’s dark hour, radio has shined through proving itself as an irreplaceable tool, providing information through the tragedy.
Radio Ink talked to Chuck Bergson, President and CEO of Pacific Media Group, which runs six stations on Maui.
“Radio has been the only lifeline and line of communication to the people of West Maui. For days there has been no power, no water, and no Internet service. The power is slowly coming back online.
In this incredibly stressful time we have been nonstop providing information to people on where to get emergency supplies pick up locations for food and water and evacuations shelter locations as well as road closures. The support of the community and engagement of the community rallying together to help one another has been truly inspiring.
Social media was ineffective in the early stages due to lack of internet, but digital media, particularly our news and information website, kept the other parts of the island with internet and power informed.
I am proud beyond words of the dedication and love my staff has shown to our island ‘ohana (family).”
Pacific Media Group has been joined by KAOI Radio Group, KPMW FM 105.5, and KAKU 88.5 in broadcasting the aforementioned updates.