Former ABC27 reporter George Richards says the world was watching and calling the station during the Three Mile Island saga that began on March 28, 1979.
Richards says there were no cell phones or emails back then, so all the attention put a strain on the communication systems.
“I remember picking up the phone and there is no dial tone,” Richards said. “You had to wait for a dial tone, and finally you could call out.”
Richards says the national media was in the region and local news crews did what they could to keep their viewers updated.
“We rely on people to tell our stories and this was the first of its kind,” Richards said. “There were people who just didn’t know what was going on, and the viewers didn’t know what was going on, and we didn’t know what was going on.”
Jill Murphy Long is a York County native who lives in Oregon. She had a paper route during the Three Mile Island situation. Long wrote a movie called “Meltdown” that she says is based on true events that impacted people in many ways.
“I want this movie to be their voice,” Long said. “I want people to know what happened and make their own decisions.”
Long says she will come back to the region in a couple weeks to interview people. She continues to pursue funding options for her project, and she would like to begin filming in the area before the end of the year.