Legendary Pennsylvania AM Station WARM Remains Off The Air
October 22, 2014 at 4:09 AM (PT)
CUMULUS MEDIA Oldies/Adult HITS WARM (THE MIGHTY 590)/SCRANTON, northeast PENNSYLVANIA’s former longtime dominant AM radio station has been knocked off the air for the past month when Its old transmitter failed.
WARM -- which debuted in 1940, pioneered rock ’n’ roll on NORTHEAST PA airwaves in the '50s and introduced THE BEATLES to the area in the '60s -- has been off the air since SEPTEMBER 15th, according to a report filed with the FCC by the station on SEPTEMBER 25th notifying its suspension of operations.
The failure of WARM's antiquated transmitter knocked it off the air, and it's not known how long it will take to fix.
The station’s “engineers are in the process of specifically identifying the technical problem(s), however due to the age of the transmitter, they are not sure it will be immediately repairable,” the filing states.
“Unfortunately, it’s a pretty technical challenge and complex problem,” CUMULUS MEDIA's RVP RON GIOVANNIELLO told the SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE. “We’re talking about trying to get this resolved sometime in the fourth quarter” of this year."
FCC rules mandate a station that has gone off the air for 12 months loses its license.