Extract from Wired News
Astrodome Radio Station BlockedBy Joel Johnson
09:53 AM Sep. 08,
"....Wednesday morning, things looked good for KAMP. They had the equipment. They had the licenses. They had the content ready to begin broadcasting. They hoped to install their transmitters in the Astrodome that evening, then begin broadcasting at 9 a.m. the next day.
The volunteers were overjoyed. Many took the cat naps they hadn't allowed themselves earlier in the week, despite getting only two or three hours of sleep a night. Some sheepishly called their employers, apologizing for their spotty attendance. One radio operator rushed to fill out a final FEMA form that had been overlooked.
But at 4:30 in the afternoon, KAMP received word that their request had been denied. RW Royall Jr., the incident commander of the Joint Information Center -- the group temporarily governing the operations of the Astrodome campus -- told KAMP they could not install their equipment. They had been officially, finally denied.
According to KAMP, Royal claimed the Astrodome was not able to provide power to KAMP's low-power FM transmitter. When KAMP offered to bring in enough batteries to power the equipment off the Astrodome's grid, they were still denied.
Obey, speaking to Wired News, explained that the JIC couldn't see a use for the radio station when they had the ability to communicate via the loudspeaker system and newsletters.
"I did not see the utility," said Obey.
Wednesday evening, the volunteers sat together on the balcony of Stringer's apartment, smoking cigarettes and trying to figure out what they did wrong, even as donations and support continued to be offered from around the world.
"Last week you could just go right inside (the Astrodome)," said one volunteer who declined to be named. "We should have just set up then and gotten permission later."