After this week’s unprecedented Texas freeze slammed Houston Sunday night, country radio morning-show host George Lindsey lost power at his home and moved into the offices of his station, 100.3 The Bull. At first, he and his wife, Deanna, were the only people in the studio, so while he talked on the air, she pitched in to research critical news about power outages, line up interviews with public officials and take phone calls from listeners. "We had calls everywhere -- north, south, east, west -- 'Can you tell me about this?' 'My mom and dad live 25 miles away, can you tell me if they have power?'" Lindsey recalls. "It was heart-breaking. It was gut-wrenching. You kind of let people talk."
As Texas suffered through five days of cold and snow that burst frozen pipes, took out the electrical supply and left millions in dangerously frigid temperatures, radio staffers struggled to remain on the air while having to provide listeners with emergency content. Lindsey and 10 other employees at the Entercom-owned station moved couches and tables and lived together at the station offices from Monday morning to Thursday night. Gavin Spittle, brand manager for 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, had to frantically relocate studio equipment in order to hook into power generators on different floors of the station building. And Entercom's four stations in Austin, including Majic 95.5 and Mix 94.7, endured power outages leading to five or six 30-second bursts of dead air due to transmitters losing power and switching to backup generators.