WVIA-F/Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Back To Full Power Tuesday
July 30, 2010 at 4:32 AM (PT)
Five months after a fire destroyed the transmitter building and equipment of NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION ASSOCIATION noncommercial WVIA-F and PBS affiliate WVIA-TV/WILKES BARRE-SCRANTON, PA, the radio station will return to full power on TUESDAY (8/3).
The fire at the stations' PENOBSCOT MOUNTAIN site, triggered by an electrical arc that ignited ceiling tiles while electricians worked at the building, caused $2 million and sent some of the radio programming to MARYWOOD COLLEGE's WVMW/SCRANTON until a new temporary low-power transmitter could be installed to return WVIA-F to the air.
The station says that the new transmitter will also restore WVIA's HD RADIO signal and HD-2 programming. Rebuilding of permanent transmitter facilities continues and is projected to be completed by next year.