The 303:30 – We Are Nashville author & News 2 anchors

In this special Nashville Flood Awareness episode of The 303:30, Codey and Jeremy talk with WKRN News 2’s Christine Maddela and Joe Dubin about the sights and sounds of the past week and they chat with Patten Fuqua, author of the now-viral blog We Are Nashville. The guys also give clues about an impressive giveaway that will help promote Nashville tourism during this difficult time. (Trust us… you, your friends and your family will want to enter!)

Fuqua penned what is being called a “rallying cry” for Nashville and has been read on-air by Dave Ramsey, Rush Limbaugh, and even referenced by Anderson Cooper of CNN when he was reporting live from Nashville this past Thursday. Both Maddela and Dubin have led the charge among Nashville-based news outlets on the flood coverage and have worked around the clock as well as put in volunteer hours of their own in their brief “time off.” Also, if you’re an animal lover, you will not want to miss Dubin’s testamonial of the donations at a local animal shelter.

There are several ways to help. You can make a flat donation by going to The Community Foundation’s website, volunteer (if you’re local) by signing up at HON.org or, if you want some pretty sweet swag for your donation, you can buy a We Are Nashville t-shirt from the good people over at coolpeoplecare.com or a Lift Up Nashville hatch-print style poster. All proceeds of both items go directly to charities that help the flood victims of Middle Tennessee.

Special thanks to The Dave Ramsey Show for allowing us to use the audio from his show where he read the We Are Nashville blog. To find Dave Ramsey on the air in your market, click here.

We, again, want to thank Crest Honda for providing us with their Flood Relief radio spot for this episode. We applaud them for doing the right thing by providing help to those who need it in Middle Tennessee and have run their spot free of charge. Please join us in supporting them and their efforts. You can visit them online at cresthonda.com.

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CREDITS:
Music: Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes), Salute Your Solution (The Raconteurs), Money (Pink Floyd), Pick Up the Pieces (Average White Band), Shelter (Ray Lamontagne)

Staff: Kent Harris (voice over)

8 Comments

  1. Mary Kay Rheingans

    May 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I read the article and it inspired me to email NBC and ask them why they are not covering the flood and getting help for Nashville!! I live in MN and couldn’t believe there wasn’t coverage about what was going on. Even at the end of this week there were still people up here who hadn’t even heard about it!!

  2. Leslie Bower

    May 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    I put my comment on the site that had your blog in it. I don’t know whether you received it. I am sending money to your town. We are Kentucky! We had a devastating ice storm last year and no one came. I watched the storm over Nashville snake back and forth and devastate your city, and central Tennessee. My family prayed for you that night. I knew that you would need the prayers as well. I am grateful that someone wrote how we felt here during that ice storm. Power trucks finally came from so many states to help rebuild our infrastructure. It was careing that brought them on their own. Like Nashville, and Central Tennessee, we saw no news coverage about our plight. People froze to death in their beds, and yet, no one in the media cared. It taught us that the most important people in our lives are our families and our neighbors. This was something that we already knew, because we are Kentucky. No looting..etc…etc. We took care of each other, checked on our neighbors, took people in for as long as it took, and lived through it. Our family was without power for nine days. When we were able to drive on the road again, I went to Walgreens. While there, a power crew from Mississippi asked me for directions for a pre determined meet-up point to coordinate help for the people of this town. I thanked them, directed them, and smiled and asked them: “If you have time tomorrow, could you come and turn our lights on?” My power came on the next day. The crew that came, and left too fast for me to thank was the same crew that I had given directions to the night before. I have never been able to thank them. I wanted to let you know that we care in Kentucky, and like those crews from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma, we will help our neighbor, Nashville, and Tennessee. God bless you all.

  3. Butch Morton

    May 14, 2010 at 10:04 am

    We Are Wrong • To Compare • Two Tragedies

    Katrina: 851,000 damaged houses VS 18,800 = 2.2%
    1,836 Katrina Fatalities VS 34 = 1.8%

    New Orleans Population
    Population, 2000 484,674
    Population, 2006 223,388 (-56%)

    Nashville Population
    Population, 2008 626,144
    Population, 2010 (growing) (+)

    PS: There was looting at Nashville’s Farmers Market, of course Nashville did not stay under water for ‘weeks’ and the looting in Nashville was not covered by CNN

    • Dave

      May 14, 2010 at 11:55 am

      You’re right, you really can’t compare the two disasters. Nashville had virtually no warning of an event of this magnitude. New Orleans watched the hurricane spin up in the gulf for a week with multiple warning to get out. But, frankly it isn’t all about the numbers (how many house, how many lives). If you happened to live in one of the neighborhoods destroyed (I did), the fact is, it is the same for you. The comment about looting isn’t even worth addressing. Get a life!

      • Mr Completely

        May 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

        “The comment about looting isn’t even worth addressing. Get a life!”

        Listen Dummy! I am so glad the previous writer did put this in his article, because the right-wing nutty who put this video together started it! Did you watch the video? The pictures were very enlightening and appropriate, but the written comments were just crap and propaganda. “Did you hear about looting? Did you hear about a crime spree? No…you didn’t” What do you think they were referring to? It was once again the semi-sly, trying-to-be-under-the-radar, ugly comment from someone who hates Blacks and trying to compare and contrast what happened in Nashville to what happened in New Orleans. They were nothing alike and you know it. Leaving people stranded on Interstate overpasses without food and water for DAYS. The video was a further attempt by FOX Lovers to divide Americans into US and THEM.

      • Michael

        May 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm

        Dave

        Did you even get to see New Orleans? I have a brother who lives in Nashville and while he acknowledges that the damage was wide spread and horrible it does not even come close to what happened in New Orleans. All this is thinly veiled bias. The areas of Nashville destroyed was bad but over 90% was insured and was corporate owned. Of course it will rebuild, Joe’s Crab Shack and Oprymills can cover the cost. In New Orleans the looting was not nearly as bad as the media wanted you to think it was. As someone who got the chance to interview and speak to dozens of people who took up refuge in the Superdome the violence was NOTHING like reported. Most everyone in New Orleans reacted just like the good folks of Nashville, by working together. New Orleans was epic in scope and could have been worse. BTW the rain was in the forecast for four days before it hit and while it was worse than initially thought so was Katrina. All emergency management offices never anticipated any thing like what happened when the levees broke. Dave, the next time you want to throw a few haymakers learn the truth first.

  4. Ben

    May 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    You know, all of you ought to think about the idiocy of what you write. A tragedy is a tragedy no matter where it happens. Who’s town got it worse? Does it matter. One home or 850,000 is the same thing if you are involved. One death is a tragedy anywhere. Why don’t you guys have a little respect for these people that lost loved ones, homes, or businesses. Thank God if you weren’t effected and pray for those who were. Shame on you!!!

  5. Proud of my fellow Americans

    May 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Nashville should be proud of themselves. They should hold their heads up high. Forget CNN, forget FOX, forget what anyone else in the world thinks. They faced a tragedy, they overcame, and they did it all by themselves. I only hope that I can say the same for my community when the time comes for us to face tragedy. My hat goes off to any community who can pull together and accomplish a common goal–without “national” coverage or help.