WIBC Radio Receives NWS Public Service Award

On Friday afternoon, August 1, 2008, National Weather Service Indianapolis Meteorologist-in-Charge Daniel McCarthy, along with staff members from NWS Indianapolis, presented a National Weather Service Public Service Award to WIBC Radio at their studios on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.  Accepting on behalf of WIBC was Senior Producer and longtime severe weather anchor Steve Simpson.

WIBC was chosen for the award based on “exemplary performance in providing valuable information to the people of Central Indiana during the severe weather and flooding events between May 30, 2008 and June 10, 2008.”

According to Mr. McCarthy, “partnership [between WIBC and NWS Indianapolis] in keeping the rapid flow of information contributed to the protection of lives across a large part of Central Indiana. WIBC was a consistent and thorough source of information providing minute-by-minute updates from callers, emergency management officials, and reporters, assisting the National Weather Service in its mission of protecting life and property.

The National Weather Service relies on many dissemination venues to achieve the widest possible distribution of severe and hazardous weather information, including local emergency officials, the internet (at www.weather.gov), and especially NOAA Weather Radio All-Hazards. The media plays an exceptionally vital role in this process as well, as they often become the face and the voice of the hazardous weather warning system during dangerous weather.

NWS Indianapolis would like to thank not just WIBC, but all of our partners in the hazardous weather warning process, from the media, to emergency officials, amateur radio operators, storm spotters, and the general public, for your hard work and the vital information you provide that allows us to do our jobs effectively.  It is your help that allows us to accomplish our vital mission.

WIBC Award Presentation Photos (click to enlarge)
WIBC Award Presentation 1
Meteorologist-in-Charge Daniel McCarthy presents award to WIBC's Steve Simpson

WIBC Award Presentation 2
Mr. McCarthy reads the award letter to Mr. Simpson while WIBC's Joe Wambach records

WIBC Award Presentation 3
Mr. Wambach interviews Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Simpson



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