Storms Wreak Havoc With Radio
January 25, 2010 at 10:50 AM (PT)
Rough weather across the country took down radio and TV towers and caused service interruptions in several markets during the past week.
High winds were blamed for the FRIDAY morning collapse of the tower used by SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO RADIO FOUNDATION noncommercial KUPR/ALAMAGORDO, NM as well as low-power TV station KVBA-CA and translators for other TV stations.
Near RELIANCE, SD, the tower of YOUNG BROADCASTING CBS affiliate KPLO-TV and JAMES RIVER BROADCASTING Country KPLO-F went down in an ice storm after ice buildup snapped the tower's guy wires. The station's website informs listeners that "We are working (to) restore the KPLO signal as soon as possible."
The LOMPOC RECORD reports that the storms that battered the CALIFORNIA coast caused a lightning strike that took KNIGHT BROADCASTING Talk KUHL-A/SAMTA MARIA, CA off the air last WEDNESDAY, while a power outage took three AMERICAN GENERAL MEDIA stations and three EMERALD WAVE MEDIA stations off the air briefly last MONDAY morning, and LAZER Regional Mexican KLMM/OCEANO-SANTA MARIA remained off the air all week.
A power failure caused by a winter storm took NORTHSTATE PUBLIC RADIO noncommercial KFPR/REDDING, CA off the air, and JEFFERSON PUBLIC RADIO's stations in the REDDING area were also knocked off the air for the weekend, reports the REDDING RECORD SEARCHLIGHT.
MEDIA ASSOCIATES Country-Oldies KBJM-A/LEMMON, SD's tower "fell completely to the ground FRIDAY night" in the storms, the station reports in its daily "Morning Messenger" newsletter. The station is streaming on the Net and over cable TV, and hopes to be back on the air today or tomorrow with a temporary transmitter.