WAKA personality visits Linden

Published 10:36 am Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Residents of Marengo County will soon be kept up to the minute on severe weather from a new consolidation of news product across several Montgomery TV stations.

Rob Martin and Ashley McDonald from WAKA attended the Linden city council meeting Tuesday afternoon to explain what their plans are.

Martin said that they are working on a possible consolidation of news product on WAKA, WNCF and CW.

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“We are here to tell you we have a total commitment to Linden and all of Marengo County.”

In the past weeks, Birmingham and Meridian stations have dropped coverage of Marengo County because it is in Montgomery’s viewing market. McDonald said that they are going to provide Marengo County with as much coverage as possible, especially when it comes to severe weather.

“I know the concern in Marengo County is ‘Are we going to get the warnings in time to be proactive instead of reactive?'” McDonald said. “In severe weather, we want you to be proactive instead of reactive.”

There is currently a service on WAKA’s Web site called Safety Net that citizens can sign up with their phone numbers to receive text messages in case of severe weather, but it will soon be replaced by a new system that will be more comprehensive.

McDonald said that they will make sure the people of Marengo County stay in the loop when it comes to severe weather.

“I promise you that we will give you the most up-to-the-minute information,” she said.

McDonald previously worked in the Meridian market, so she is already familiar with Linden and the Marengo County area.