Joplin Radio Station Aids Tornado Survivors

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Radio has been a lifeline for residents of southern Missouri and northern Oklahoma during this week's tornado strikes. Listeners tune in to KZRG in Joplin, Mo., to get valuable information.

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, host:

The devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri has knocked out power and phone lines, but radio station KZRG is still operating, and it's become the place where people are sharing information.

Unidentified Woman #1: Yes, I'm calling to let people know that I do provide hot meals and...

Unidentified Man #1: Yeah, I was calling for information on shelters...

Unidentified Woman #2: I would like to let a man by the name of Zack Randall(ph) know that we found his dog.

Unidentified Woman #3: I've got a mother that's in a rest home, and I need to get to her.

Unidentified Woman #4: Yes. I had a truck load of cat food, and, you know, where should it take this?

Unidentified Man #2: A truckload of cat food? Well, you know, I don't actually know. I know there are a couple of...

KELLY: Those are voices from radio station KZRG, broadcasting in Joplin, Missouri.

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