City officials hope the FM stations will help them to better disseminate emergency information.
Ocean City officials announced that the resort will be getting into the radio business, acquiring two FM stations through a FEMA sponsored hazard mitigation grant.
The FM stations that Ocean City has just acquired with a $55,000 grant won’t be featuring Rodney the Lifeguard or the Mayor spinning top 40 tunes and waxing poetic about the state of rock and roll.
Rather, the stations, which could be live by summer, will be primarily used as a way to get out critical emergency information in the event of massive storms like Hurricane Sandy and Irene that rocked the resort in consecutive years.
Irene hit in late August of 2011, forcing the first full resort evacuation in more than 25 years — all during peak tourist season. Getting hundreds of thousands of people off a ten mile stretch of sand surrounded by water can be a bit tricky.
Ocean City officials say those two storms showed just how ineffective the town’s longstanding AM station was in disseminating critical emergency information, and they believe that these two stations, which will broadcast out of the Ocean City Public Safety building, will help.
And while no one is really sure what kind of content will be on the air the rest of the time, sources say it will likely be informational and city related, so you might have to hear this year’s song of the summer, somewhere else.