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Jennifer Jones Lee Knows Her Way Around Legendary Stations & Iconic Moments

“KGO and KFI are two powerhouses at either end of the state. I’ve been lucky to have some great people around me.”

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It could have gone either way. Veteran newscaster Jennifer Jones Lee figures she could have been a domicile assistant or a meal delivery technician.

“If it weren’t for radio, my resume would only show me working some babysitting gigs or as a waitress at a Mexican restaurant,” Lee said. Her entire life has been radio.

Lee is a woman who would be as comfortable at a rodeo as she would a news conference. She joined the KFI news department in 2016 and previously worked at KGO in San Francisco for more than 17 years. This works out to more than 29 years in radio, primarily at two of the biggest dogs in the industry.

She was raised in northern California and her grandparents were her closest neighbors. We’re talking about a very rural area. 

“I’d ride my four-wheeler up to their house,” Lee said. “I refer to myself as a Redneck Diva. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty as long as my nails are done. I’ll go fishing with you, but my pole has to be pink and have some bling on it somewhere.”

Lee didn’t grow up with an abundance of news and politics in the house. 

“Grandpa had cows and chickens, we had horses,” she said. “Pretty much the opposites of each other. I was surprised how much I learned to love southern California. There is a rural life down here.”

She likes being part of people’s days. 

“I like to pick through the news, find stuff we can talk about. 

As a former news person at KGO, she watched the format flip back in October of last year with great interest. KGO scrapped all of the news departments, which had been the bedrock of their existence. 

“It had been rocky there long before the flip actually went down,” Lee explained. “I think all the talk show hosts were off the air in 2010, including Gene Burns. That’s when I started to see the implosion. They just weren’t willing to part with the money and got rid of all the expensive talent to create a new situation.”

You can’t pull all the heart out of a radio station and expect to keep listener loyalty. 

“I think people have missed having those daily and nightly interactions with talk show hosts,” Lee explained. “Everybody was fired by 2016. I have the distinction of being the last person fired from KGO. I was on the air that morning of the mass firings.”

Lee said management must have trusted her on the air while talent was being picked-off one by one.

“I was not happy at the situation, but I wanted to work in the industry so I didn’t say anything,” Lee said. “They let the whole morning team go and half of the newsroom.”

Lee was later hired by KFI where management told her they would find the right spot for her in the rotation. The paychecks cleared and it took KFI about six months before they decided where they were going to utilize her. That speaks volumes about KFI’s interest in her as a talent and person. 

That managerial decision turned out to be pairing Lee with Bill Handel on his hugely successful show. Lee said after a little back and forth, they hit it off. 

“I think Bill thought I was too perky for him at first,” Lee recalled. “I remember thinking, who is this curmudgeon,’ she laughed. “But it turned out to be a great union.”

Lee says she’s been fortunate throughout her career.

“To say the majority of my career I’ve worked at two legendary stations is a remarkable feeling,” Lee explained. “KGO and KFI are two powerhouses at either end of the state. I’ve been lucky to have some great people around me. Robin Bertolucci and Chris Little are two of them.”

Lee handles duties solo for an hour each morning on Wake Up Call with Jennifer Lee Jones before Handel settles into his chair. 

“On Wake Up Call I can give the news, but put a bit of my take on things. Find a different and more creative way to explore a story. On my show people are still getting their morning coffee and I don’t want to beat them over the head with all the negative stuff. Not the same on Bill’s show. When I’m on Bill’s show, I’m always wearing my news-hat. I’m all news.”

You can think of Handel as a tidal wave in a reflecting pond. Lee said when Handel plops into his chair at 7am, he approaches stories his own way. 

“Of course, I knew about Bill’s show before I started at KFI,” she said. “He was top-notch, legendary in the building. I loved listening to Handel on the Law. When we met I knew he was the guy I expected. I kept my expectations lower.”

She kind of hoped Handel was the worst guy to fulfill her prophecy. She expected the snarkiest person. Someone who would poke the bear to see their reaction. 

“When he started messing with me I knew he liked me,” Lee explained. “Every morning I have to make sure my game is at his level. He makes me raise my game. I like to work with somebody like him because I know I’m going to do my best.”

Much to the surprise of the free-world, Lee said Handel has a soft side, which can still surprise her at times.

“Bill doesn’t like to show that side often,” Lee said. “The kindness will come out for 40 seconds every once in a while. Don’t ever tell him I said that.”

Too late.

Lee described a very caring side of Handel. “I know in my heart if I really needed something in the middle of the night, he wouldn’t come to help. But I know he’d call someone to go and help me.”

The radio veteran has earned numerous awards for reporting and anchoring from Associated Prest, RTNDA, and Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting.

Her early career in radio includes working on remarkable stories. They say you can teach a baby how to swim by merely tossing them into the pool. With Lee’s early career it wasn’t much different. On 9/11 Lee was assigned the job of traveling across the country to New York to cover the tragedy. She rode a Greyhound bus across the continent to cover the tragedy because all air traffic had been grounded.

“I was just 24 years-old,” Lee said. “I was working in the San Jose office for KGO. I didn’t have the TV on when the first plane hit the towers. Then I turned it on and saw the second plane go into the building. The world had not experienced something like that before. I didn’t know what to do.”

It was just Lee and her two duffle bags on a road trip. She said the memory of crossing the bridge into Manhattan is clear in her mind.

“I was a mess,” Lee said. “I hadn’t showered in two days, hadn’t shaved my legs. Then it hit me how shallow I was being. These people lost their city, part of their identity. Watched a mushroom cloud come up from the collapse of the towers. Meanwhile, I was worried about how I looked.”

During her coverage of 9/11, Lee said with her press badge on she could go into areas most people could not go. Even families looking for loved ones were restricted to certain areas.

“One of the hardest parts was the people that still had loved ones missing,” she said. “They would hand me a picture and ask if I could look for their son inside. I’m sure many got the horrible news soon after, but I still get the chills right now thinking about it.” 

A reporter being assigned a landmark story is rare enough in a career. Lee has two. While Lee was the lead morning reporter for KGO in San Francisco, her news director assigned her to cover the Scott Peterson trial. Scott Peterson was convicted of the murder of his pregnant wife Laci in 2003. Lee said morning news anchor Mary Ellen Geist had just retired and the station looked to Lee to play both roles. 

“They asked if I could anchor and cover the trial,” Lee explained. “They wanted me to do both and I said ‘yes.’”

Looking back it was a pretty crazy decision. She was living in Oakland and working back and forth between San Francisco and Redwood City. She got a hotel room in Redwood City, would get up at 3am and drive to the city to anchor the news, then go back and cover the trial. 

“I did that for months,” she said. “I guess I was a gutsy kid, or I just didn’t know any better.”

As with many radio personalities, when Lee was hired by KFI, management asked her what she was passionate about. For Lee it was a no-brainer. It’s all about animals. Since she started at KFI she’s worked extensively with the Pasadena Humane Society.

“Every year I participate in their biggest fundraiser, the Wiggle Waggle Walk & Run.” 

One of her dogs is a Labradoodle she named Betty White.

“I’m addicted to The Golden Girls and try to watch an episode almost every night,” Lee said. “For me it’s The Golden Girls, Leave it to Beaver and The Andy Griffith Show. I know what I’m going to get when I watch those shows. I’m going to feel good. I often think about being born in the 50s or 60s.  That is 100 percent my world.”

It was Ken Burns and his 1994 documentary that turned Lee into a baseball lover. Especially the Dodgers.

“As a kid, I really didn’t have a horse in the baseball race,” Lee said. “I went to a couple of A’s games as a kid, but it was that Burns documentary that changed my perceptions of baseball.” 

Not a huge NFL gal, Lee follows college football. Specifically, the University of Tennessee. Even more specifically, she follows Peyton Manning. 

“I’ve always loved him all the way back to his days at Tennessee. I always liked the way he played, and felt he was a good sport in the game. My husband was from the south. His granny lived in Oak Ridge, outside of Knoxville. We went to Tennessee games year after year.”

Lee said she’ll probably retire someday, but after signing a new contract, she doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. 

“Bill feels the same way,” Lee said. “He told me if I ever hear a loud thud, it would be him falling out of the chair onto the ground. That’s how long he plans on doing this.”

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Tucker Carlson Sees Ratings Surge With January 6th Videos

The Mar. 7th edition (4.165 million) topped all cable telecasts in total viewers that week.

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Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight has featured the host’s many polarizing claims. The ones made on the Mar. 6th and 7th editions of his show could be labeled as among the most controversial.

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy had granted Carlson exclusive access to over 40,000 hours of January 6th security camera footage. On his FNC show across those two aforementioned evenings, Carlson denied an insurrection had taken place at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021; instead, it was “mostly peaceful chaos”, most who were there were mere “sightseers”, and that the footage provided “conclusive” evidence “proving” Democrats “lied” about the events of that day.

On the Senate floor on the morning of Mar. 7, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Carlson’s Mar. 6th show “one of the most shameful hours we have ever seen on cable television.”

The immense reach that Carlson’s rhetoric regularly attracts justified the high concern and swiftness of the condemnation and backlash. One glance at the ranks of the week’s top cable news programs at the end of this article, or any of this site’s past weekly news ratings items, can glean how highly popular Carlson is in, not only the cable news world, but also, the entire television landscape.

According to Nielsen Media Research, the Mar. 7th edition (4.165 million) topped all cable telecasts in total viewers that week and matched the live plus same-day total viewing figures for the 17th-ranked broadcast network show of the week ending Mar. 12, the CBS procedural East New York.

Carlson also took the week’s No. 2 and No. 3 spots on cable in total viewers; within the key 25-54 demographic, its Mar. 6th and 7th editions were tops for non-sports cable programs (it ranked 17th and 18th, respectively, in the demo with sports included, mostly from men’s college basketball conference tournament coverage on various outlets).

For Mar. 6-10, Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged 3.568 million total viewers, 469,000 with adults 25-54 and 312,000 with adults 18-49 — the program’s highest-rated week in all metrics since the week of the 2022 midterm elections (Nov. 7-11, 2022).

As a backdrop to all of this, it was revealed on Mar. 7 — due to the legal filings made public as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News — that Carlson privately messaged colleagues he loathed Donald Trump and his presidency. (The release of that communication received no coverage at FNC.)

Cable news averages for March 6-12, 2023:

Total Day (Mar. 6-12 @ 6 a.m.-5:59 a.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 1.359 million viewers; 172,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 0.673 million viewers; 71,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.408 million viewers; 81,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.155 million viewers; 41,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.111 million viewers; 27,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.104 million viewers; 12,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.101 million viewers; 18,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.083 million viewers; 7,000 adults 25-54

Prime Time (Mar. 6-11 @ 8-11 p.m.; Mar. 12 @ 7-11 p.m.)

  • Fox News Channel: 2.237 million viewers; 274,000 adults 25-54
  • MSNBC: 1.088 million viewers; 108,000 adults 25-54
  • CNN: 0.443 million viewers; 95,000 adults 25-54
  • HLN: 0.199 million viewers; 53,000 adults 25-54
  • CNBC: 0.145 million viewers; 36,000 adults 25-54
  • The Weather Channel: 0.131 million viewers; 21,000 adults 25-54
  • Newsmax: 0.094 million viewers; 11,000 adults 25-54
  • NewsNation: 0.087 million viewers; 15,000 adults 25-54
  • Fox Business Network: 0.058 million viewers; 10,000 adults 25-54

Top 10 most-watched cable news programs (and the top programs of other outlets with their respective associated ranks) in total viewers:

1. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 4.136 million viewers

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 3/6/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.695 million viewers

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 3/8/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.622 million viewers

4. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.300 million viewers

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 3/9/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.289 million viewers

6. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 3/8/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.187 million viewers

7. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 3/10/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.099 million viewers

8. The Five (FOXNC, Mon. 3/6/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 3.004 million viewers

9. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 3/9/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.982 million viewers

10. The Five (FOXNC, Fri. 3/10/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.911 million viewers

24. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 3/6/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 2.253 million viewers

170. Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO, Fri. 3/10/2023 10:01 PM, 58 min.) 0.765 million viewers

178. Erin Burnett Outfront (CNN, Tue. 3/7/2023 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.698 million viewers

334. The Daily Show “Mar 8, 23 – Marlon Wayans” (CMDY, Wed. 3/8/2023 11:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.408 viewers

359. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 3/12/2023 11:05 PM, 34 min.) 0.348 million viewers 

388. Varney & Company (FBN, Fri. 3/10/2023 10:00 AM, 60 min.) 0.297 million viewers

392. Forensic Files (HLN, late Fri. 3/10/2023 12:30 AM, 30 min.) 0.290 million viewers

441. Fast Money Halftime Report (CNBC, Mon. 3/6/2023 12:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.241 million viewers

478. Heavy Rescue: 401 “(511) No Other Choice” (TWC, Sat. 3/11/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.221 million viewers

492. Newsnation: Rush Hour (NWSN, Mon. 3/6/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.215 million viewers

Top 10 cable news programs (and the top  programs of other outlets with their respective associated ranks) among adults 25-54:

1. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Mon. 3/6/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.565 million adults 25-54

2. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.556 million adults 25-54

3. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Wed. 3/8/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.467 million adults 25-54

4. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Thu. 3/9/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.395 million adults 25-54

5. Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, Fri. 3/10/2023 8:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.365 million adults 25-54

6. The Five (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.363 million adults 25-54

7. Hannity (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.361 million adults 25-54

8. The Five (FOXNC, Thu. 3/9/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.341 million adults 25-54

9. The Five (FOXNC, Wed. 3/8/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.340 million adults 25-54

10. Gutfeld! (FOXNC, Tue. 3/7/2023 11:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.330 million adults 25-54

39. Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, Mon. 3/6/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.219 million adults 25-54

74. The Daily Show “Mar 8, 23 – Marlon Wayans” (CMDY, Wed. 3/8/2023 11:00 PM, 30 min.) 0.179 million adults 25-54

102. Low Country: Murdaugh Dynasty “2. Something In The Road” (CNN, Sat. 3/11/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.152 million adults 25-54

165. Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO, Fri. 3/10/2023 10:01 PM, 58 min.) 0.115 million adults 25-54

195. Forensic Files (HLN, late Fri. 3/10/2023 1:00 AM, 30 min.) 0.105 million adults 25-54

222. Last Week Tonight (HBO, Sun. 3/12/2023 11:05 PM, 34 min.) 0.097 million adults 25-54

344. Shark Tank “Shark Tank 1102” (CNBC, Mon. 3/6/2023 9:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.070 million adults 25-54

498. Heavy Rescue: 401 “(508) This Aint Gonna Be Pretty” (TWC, Sat. 3/11/2023 5:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.047 million adults 25-54

505. Kudlow (FBN, Fri. 3/10/2023 4:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.045 million adults 25-54

552. Newsnation Prime (NWSN, Sun. 3/12/2023 7:00 PM, 60 min.) 0.039 million adults 25-54

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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Jayme West Grew From Small-Town Arizona Reporter to KTAR Anchor

“I think my radio job was paying $4 bucks an hour. You did not make a lot of money in a small town. I was always broke.”

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It’s natural for a young reporter to dream of being part of that huge story. You hope to cover the monumental event that puts your mark on journalism. Jayme West is a news anchor and co-host with Jim Sharpe on Arizona’s Morning News on 92.3FM KTAR. West learned there are stories embedded in your mind, details that will never diminish. The most memorable story for West was the aftermath of 9/11.

West traveled with Phoenix firefighters to New York. The first flight out of Phoenix after the terrorist attack was ten days out. As they drove down Lexington Avenue near the armory, every available light post was covered with posters of the faces of missing people. It was horrible, but I am honored to be part of that historic event.

“We went to ground zero and it was an incredible experience,” West said. “In the taxi from the airport to Manhattan, every available space was covered with an American flag. I’d just been to the top of the Trade Center three years before. To see it all reduced to a ten-story rubble, so compacted, it was disturbing.”

West remembers grabbing a cup of soup from one of the many food trucks that were feeding those on the ‘pile.’

“I was about to sit down on the threshold of a door, and I wiped the cement.  Then it hit me. The ashes from the seat could have been ashes of a human life.”

Delivering her 9/11 stories to Phoenix was difficult at times, but she had a job to do. West was there to relate to listeners what the Red Cross from Phoenix was doing. She talked with firefighters on the ‘pile.’ West described what was taking place at the Javits Center. To help listeners visualize what was going on.

West’s family moved to a small town, Pinetop-Lakeside. In high school, she always listened to the radio. In her bedroom was a record player with a microphone. West pretended she was running a radio station, spinning records, introducing songs.

When West finished high school, there were very few jobs for women in radio in town. “I played 45s,” she said. “I was not allowed to play two female artists in a row at the station. I learned everything there. We didn’t get free concert tickets. It was such a small town we didn’t get concerts.”

Spinning records was fine, but once she started doing news she loved it for several reasons.

“My parents were always behind me,” West said. “I think my radio job was paying $4 bucks an hour. You did not make a lot of money in a small town. I was always broke. Only one time did my father ask me if radio was the right career. But he never discouraged me from being in radio.”

While searching for news each morning, West said Twitter can be a solid source.

“I trust Twitter for news that is happening right at that moment,” West said. “With all the technology the news is right there. We won’t report on all of it, only what we can confirm. I started with a teletype. Ripped stuff off the AP wire. It’s amazing how much easier it has made my job.”

West said she does miss being out on the streets working on stories. Working leads with other reporters.

“I’m not out in the field anymore,” she said. “I monitor government agencies and law enforcement agencies.”

After thousands of stories, West has a few she can easily recall.

“British Airways was announcing their new Boeing 777,” she said. “We flew to London on a 747 and came back on the new 777. When we got to the airport they had the fire engines spraying water arches when we came through.”

West talked her way into the trip by telling her bosses she was doing a story on Yuma lettuce. Describing to listeners how the leafy vegetable made the trip from Arizona to the shelf in London the following day.

“While I was there we visited Piccadilly Square. We’d ask Londoners what they thought Arizona was like. One woman told us it’s where people cook beans, like in western movies. ‘It’s so hot there,’ they’d tell me. ‘If you don’t have an air conditioner you’ll die.’”

West didn’t attend college, but she could have. What she wouldn’t get in the classroom she made up for on the job.

“My experience came from life. From moments in history. I’ve met historical figures. I don’t regret missing college at all.”

West covered serial killers roaming the valley in 2008, the Serial Shooters. Two men were killing people at random. West spent time embedded with the Phoenix Police Department homicide division. She was with a detective from the initial call of a murdered woman. 

“I went to the crime scene,” West said. “The woman was a waitress at Denny’s. She won $1,200 at the casino and drove home where she was robbed and killed. I went to her autopsy, and we searched for bullet fragments in her car. We notified the family. It took a couple of years to catch the murderer.”

She was asked to witness an execution at a prison. She declined the invitation.

“That’s one of those unforgettable moments in life,” West said. “I realize they do need media witnesses, but I did not want that memory in my brain. I had the chance to fly with the Blue Angels but didn’t do it. No way I was going to barf on a fighter jet.”

For 20 years West has hosted Silent Witness on KTAR. This is a show that covers unsolved crimes and asks the public for help.

“I’ve been told it has been successful, but they can’t tell us specifics,” West said.

West and her husband purchased a cabin two hours north of Phoenix in Strawberry, Arizona. “When we want an escape, that’s where we go.”

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Media Turns Attention to Mississippi After Deadly Tornadoes

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As most Americans were winding down their work week in anticipation of a restful spring weekend, many unsuspecting Mississippi residents were hit with a blow of destruction that will change their lives forever.

Just after sundown on Friday, deadly tornadoes tore through the Magnolia State, taking the lives of dozens and causing massive damage through a 100-mile path across the state.

Hours later, Griff Jenkins detailed the emerging story on Saturday’s Fox News Live.  He welcomed Rev. Franklin Graham, President of the humanitarian aid group Samaritan’s Purse, and the two discussed the natural disaster and the immediate needs of the impacted citizens. 

“We have people on the ground right now, we have equipment en route, we will be set up this time tomorrow. We’ll be taking volunteers, trying to help people find their things and try to recover as much as they can,” Graham began. “But Griff, the most important thing right now is prayer. As the Governor, Tate, has said, the devastation will be felt forever in these communities. As is the loss of life, 23 people and the number will probably go up.” Sadly it has, in the few days since.

Since 1970, the world has grown accustomed to Samaritan’s Purse quickly offering assistance in times of trouble, both domestically and abroad. The group models its mission around Jesus’ command to “Go and Do Likewise,” after the Samaritan helped the hurting man that others had passed by in Luke’s Gospel.

“People need prayer that God would just comfort their hearts and He’d put his loving arms around them during this very difficult time,” Graham said. “The houses can be rebuilt after time. Businesses will come back after time. Those things can be fixed with time. But the loss of life, that’s so difficult and it’s going to be felt for a long time, as the Governor said, forever. And I agree with Governor Tate, we need to pray for the people.”

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) earlier had issued a statement which said, in part, “please pray for God’s hand to be over all who lost family and friends.”

For his part, Jenkins seemed to understand that God can often be heard best during times of tumult and difficulty.

“Prayer so important for people facing a very uncertain future,” Jenkins noted, as he recalled encountering Samaritan’s Purse in other disaster-ridden parts of America over the years. “If you can for our viewers, explain the challenges of getting in there and dealing with the destruction, and how you can help people.”

“First, we go in and we meet with the local officials, FEMA. We want to get their input and we don’t want to go down and get in people’s way,” Graham said. “We want to go to an area that certainly needs our help, where people haven’t gone. There will be other volunteer groups going in – Convoy of Hope and people like that will be responding – and so we all coordinate and we all work together.”

Graham said his organization basically spreads out and helps people in the most pragmatic ways possible.

“We’ll just go in and assess it and start helping,” he said. “We bring in volunteers. If a person’s house has been flattened, they’re looking maybe for a wedding ring or for pictures. Things that can’t be replaced. And our volunteers we’ll go in and help go through the rubble of the home, trying to find the valuables.

“Houses that just lost a roof but are still standing, we’ll have tarps so we can get the house back in the dry to keep it from being further damaged. The list just goes on and on, but we’ll take work orders and we go and help people that are asking for help. And we’ll be there. We’ll be there for some time, Griff. This is a bigger storm. You know, over a hundred miles and it’s just massive.”

Fox rolled footage of the destruction from Rolling Fork, Mississippi, which showed bridges, homes, roads and vehicles utterly destroyed.

“The first thing, for the local officials, this is search and rescue,” Graham said, noting that Samaritan’s Purse has been helping in similar conditions in Turkey since last month’s earthquake. “You’ve got to try to find people that may still be alive under the rubble. So you have to just stay out of the way and let the local authorities do what they do.

“And tomorrow things will begin to open up where we can come in and start helping the homeowners. But right now it’s search and rescue, and we need to pray for them. That if there’s somebody alive that God would direct them to them and get them out of that rubble right now, because time is very important.”

“SamaritansPurse.org if you want to try and help and support Samaritan’s Purse. They are among the best in situations like this. And certainly bringing a lot of relief to those who need it the most right now ,” Jenkins concluded. “And of course, as you said Reverend – prayers, prayers for this community and all of those affected in this hundred mile path.”

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