WHKO Briefly Goes Off The Air After Transmitter Is Stolen
January 18, 2011 at 8:16 AM (PT)
COX RADIO Country WHKO/DAYTON, OH was briefly off the air during morning drive YESTERDAY (1/17) after two men broke into the WHIO-TV transmission tower, stealing the WHKO transmitter, grabbing computers and printers and ransacking the place. The burglary was discovered after Chief Radio Engineer BENNY SPITLER got a phone call at 6:17a (ET) that the radio station was off the air.
SPITLER told WHIO-TV, "I saw the front gate had been taken down. I put my car in four-wheel drive, drove around back, and saw the back door was open. I don't believe they knew exactly what they were looking for. They were just looking for anything of value.”
Police say the suspects drove to A&B IRON & METAL to scrap the equipment for money. When employees noticed the WHIO and COX logos on the stolen goods, they called authorities and had the men arrested. The equipment was returned to the transmitter tower.
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