Brian Zumhagen has been a weekend anchor at WNYC since 2003. His career in journalism started in 1993, with an internship in the press office of the German Green Party’s parliamentary delegation. Brian went on to spend the rest of the ‘90s working as a reporter, producer, and fill-in anchor at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco. He’s returned to Germany several times over the years for reporting projects. Most recently, he won a grant from the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship to produce radio features for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before coming to WNYC, Brian was a frequent contributor to PRI’s The World. He reported for the program on 9/11 and served as the show’s United Nations correspondent during the run-up to the Iraq war. Brian lives in Queens with his wife and children.
Feds to Create Regional Frequency for Emergencies
Monday, September 19, 2005
New York, NY —
The federal government is helping the city create a radio frequency to connect emergency responders throughout the region. WNYC's Brian Zumhagen reports.
A $6 million grant from the Department of Justice will help set up a regional command and control frequency for police, fire and emergency officials in the city, as well as in suburban counties in New York and New Jersey.
The UHF frequency will connect the city police and fire departments, the Office of Emergency Management, the MTA police and Port Authority officials.
The September 11th commission described major flaws in the city's emergency response to the attacks on the World Trade Center, including the failure of police and fire officials to communicate effectively.
City officials say they'll make three existing emergency response channels available to other regional agencies during large-scale emergencies.