Mott, Max 1970

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Max Mott, News Manager of Lubbock radio station KFYO, reviews events prior to, during, and after the Lubbock tornado of May 11, 1970, and his involvement in the emergency. He then discusses precautionary measures to prevent communications breakdowns in such disasters.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Max Mott

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: 1970

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Stan Valcik

Length: 1 hour 10 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Recollection given of highlights of events prior to May 11, 1970, Attended Fire Department dinner for news media at 7:00 p.m., Bad weather conditions developed and funnel was reported, Returned to Emergency Operations Center at KFYO, Recalls the appearance of storms on radar, Reviews discussion with his wife on conditions, KCBD’s weather equipment shown on cable TV was described, Mentions hail storms reported in city, Direction and length of storm recalled, Traces the course of the storm.

Tape 1, Side 2: Storm moved from Jones Stadium to downtown, Relates controversy over sirens being sounded or not, Damages to city buildings cited, Reveals effects of storm on station, Communication connections were broken, Discusses broadcasting procedures in bad weather, Occurrence of the storm and its damage at City Hall was reported, Post broadcasting began with emergency power at station, First broadcast after storm reviewed, Reveals public reaction to storm and resulting water shortage.

Tape 2, Side 1: Discusses precautions to prevent communications breakdown in future disasters, Applauds ability of people to get things done when necessary.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1970

Bulk Dates: 1970

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