David Freedman, g.m. of WWOZ-FM in New Orleans, considers the future of his devastated station in an e-mail posted on WFMU’s blog: “This is much bigger than WWOZ, although this station feels like it needs to be at the forefront of the bigger issue: the decimation of a culture.”

Now, the PBS news magazine hosted by David Brancaccio, will produce a one-hour town-hall meeting on the response to Hurricane Katrina on Friday, Sept. 16. During last week’s episode, Now revisited two special reports from 2002 that examined the implications of the disappearing Mississippi River Delta and the danger that hurricane flood waters could drown New Orleans.

Hurricane Katrina literally hit close to home for NPR and ABC news commentator Cokie Roberts. “All 11 houses in the Roberts family compound outside Gulfport, Miss., were destroyed,” the Philadephia Inquirer reported. “I spent a huge amount of my life on that piece of property,” Roberts told the paper. “It’s very much home.”

CPB Web resources: The corporation has posted information about the status of pubcasters affected by Hurricane Katrina; links to assistance resources for broadcasters; and Katrina-related news from NPR and PBS.

A blanket waiver approved by the FCC today allows public TV stations to raise money on-air for hurricane relief, according to America’s Public Television Stations.

CPB is giving $500,000 to stations affected by Hurricane Katrina.