KYKC Knocked Off Air By Lightning Strike
April 25, 2011 at 12:24 PM (PT)
SOUTH CENTRAL OKLAHOMA RADIO ENTERPRISES Country KYKC/ADA, OK was knocked off air by a lightning strike over the weekend, which destroyed KYKC’s transmitter facility, as tornadoes and thunderstorms rolled through eastern OKLAHOMA. The station, which is located roughly six miles NORTH of ADA, is off the air as officials begin work on a temporary transmitter facility.
“From all appearances, the back-up generator took a direct lightning hit and started burning. That fire quickly spread to the actual transmission building which houses the transmitters,” said
SOUTH CENTRAL OKLAHOMA RADIO ENTERPRISES GM ROGER HARRIS. HARRIS reported that the building was only partially destroyed by the fire, but the equipment was rendered useless due to the heat, smoke and water from the fire crews on the scene.
A temporary, lower power transmitter is currently being rigged, which should put the station back on the air by the end of the week. A permanent fix to put the station back on the air at 50,000 watts will take several weeks.