In my neighborhood most folks have a automatic backup generator wired into their house; mine is a 50kw Kohler with a Chevy V-6 that runs off natural gas and it powers the entire house; it ran for 23 hours. If residential backup generators are becoming more affordable and common place (not quite as common as central air), its amazing how many broadcast facilities do not have any sort of provisions for power outages at the studio or transmitter sites. A friend of mine in Auglaize county told me in that part of the state several Clear Channel stations in Lima were off the air as well as both locally owned, Celina radio stations.
If I recollect correctly the FCC was proposing a couple years ago that all cell phone carriers have backup power at all their cell sites and central stations; Sprint and T Mobile threw a fit, where AT&T and Verizon had most of their sites on backup power. IM not sure what became of this proposal, but you would have thunk years ago the FCC would have mandated backup power for all full power broadcast stations.
Clear Channel Columbus has backup I am sure at their 5th ave location... I know the WBNS Tower site does too for the FMs.. Radio One apparently did not have a backup generator working Friday night as all 3 of their stations went to dead air breifly.. I know 104.9 the river has generator.
Most cell phone towers do have backup generators and driving around town I saw AT&T had also put in place smaller generators at their vRAD terminals that run the UVerse service to keep those vRAD's powered after the batteries drained.
The stations that suffer are the HD OVER AIR Channels.. None of the TV stations in town appear to have generators for their Over Air Broadcasts.. Friday night WOSU-TV, ABC6 and FOX28 were all off the air for a while. WOSU was dark until sometime Saturday. [I guess local TV hopes that everyone has Time Warner cable which has fiber connections to the stations].
Btw, Kudos to AM 920/ 103.9 .. They were giving various updates Friday evening during the storm (I flipped by as I was scanning the dial for stations off air).
Worse thing I heard.. was tonight (Sunday) when round 2 came thru.. WNCI had recorded "Thunderstorm warnings" from WTVN News .. and whom ever inserted the track into the Nexgen failed to see the VoiceTrack next... so the WTVN Update aired.. then a Voice track with "TMZ Sleaze" with no mention of weather played before commercials... sounded kinda lame for the LP-1.. If your going to be automated at least "try" to sound live..
Scanning the dial this evening.. The only station I found dark was still 103.1.