Brad Barton is the go-to guy on radio, then and now.
It's a little aggravating, though, that WBAP is the primary EAS station for DFW and you have to wait for them to send the alerts down the line before you can get more info from Brad.
I agree, Triple Fake Jerry. When I was at KRLD, we dropped the EAS tones and used our own "weather-beep" attention signal. But now that I'm at the Primary EAS station in North Texas, we must follow the protocol, play the opening tones, closing tones, etc.
That's why I put out a "pre-warning" listing the warning and county before activating the tones. That way, you get at least something of the warning before the formal EAS. And as you say, I come back on with more detail after we close the EAS.
That's why I established WeatherInTouch.net where you can get live-streaming coverage of the storm on what amounts to an open mic in the WBAP Weather Center. You can hear it on the weatherintouch.net website and also on most smart phones by opening the text alert link that goes out to subscribers.
A few unrelated things since I last posted..I still love my job and all the great people at WBAP including ex-KRLD'rs Carla Marion, Mark Watkins, Doug Helton (as of this weekend) plus Hal, Sean, Steve, Brian, Laura, Monty and Tyler. Of course it's not the same under Cumulus, but what is?
Also, Alex Burton was a good friend of mine when we used to be neighbors in Oak Cliff. I saw him many times at Treemont, including last Thursday when a neighbor John Williams and I talked over old times, Oak Cliff, Alex and other mutual friends. Mary Jane and the nurses came. John and I left and in a few minutes he was gone. A couple weeks back, Rick Ericson, Lisa LeMaster and Ken Fairchild all walked in..the first time the five of us had been in the same room in over 30 years. It was a sweet reunion I'll never forget.