Neighbors Block Construction Of New Alaska AM
November 25, 2008 at 5:25 AM (PT)
JOHN KLAPPERICH's race to build new AM station KMBQ-A/WASILLA, AK has run into a roadblock from local opposition to his plans to build a tower near the town made famous by Gov. SARAH PALIN. NBC affiliate KTUU (TV)/ANCHORAGE reports that KLAPPERICH, whose SPIRIT OF ALASKA BROADCASTING has a DECEMBER 12th deadline to get the 1,000-watt station on the air, has been literally roadblocked from construction, with neighbors blocking the road to the property near COTTONWOOD CREEK.
The site, which is considered wetlands, has been approved by the ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, but the objectors say that the land is a salmon and bird habitat and that AM radio waves can cause brain damage.
"I'm scared, somewhat. I haven't slept well," KLAPPERICH told KTUU. "I don't have the financial resources to overcome this if all the time and the money I've invested the last year can't happen by DECEMBER 12th."