Flooding Knocks KFTI-A/Wichita Off The Air
July 5, 2016 at 9:56 AM (PT)
SCRIPPS Classic Country KFTI-A/WICHITA was hoping to get back on the air sometime today (7/5), following a weekend of heavy rains that caused flooding in the basement of the five-station cluster. “We elected to take KFTI-A down,” said SCRIPPS/WICHITA VP/GM BEVERLEE BRANNIGAN. “It's the only transmitter in our basement where the flooding is happening. We have an electrician on-site and are re-routing the power to enter the cabinet at the top. We're hopeful we can get AM back on later today, pending return to appropriate humidity levels in the tech area.”
All other stations in the cluster – which includes Country KFDI, Classic Rock KFXJ, Spanish KYQQ, and Rock KICT – are on the air, but BRANNIGAN tells ALL ACCESS, “We were within an inch of losing all five.” Since SUNDAY (7/3), BRANNIGAN says 10 extraction trucks and multiple sumps have been pumping water from the basement and tech center of the facility.