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Video Shows Moments Before Carr Fire Destroyed Radio Antenna

Tens of thousands of loyal KFPR listeners were left without their favorite programs after the Carr Fire wiped out a radio transmitter on Shasta Bally.

Posted: Aug 24, 2018 6:46 PM

Tens of thousands of loyal KFPR listeners were left without their favorite programs when the Carr Fire wiped out a radio transmitter on top of Shasta Bally.

That was a month ago, but KFPR general manager Phil Wilke said it could be even longer before they're back up and running at full power.

“We have been off the air, KFPR, our translator in Redding has been off the air since then,” Wilke said.

In the video you can see the fire taking out part of the tower before the signal is lost completely.

“That was how we and everybody else learned about the fire,” Wilke said. “And we've been dealing with its effects ever since as has everybody else.”

KFPR has about 20,000 listeners in the Redding area.

And they're working hard to repair the damage and hope to be back on the air for those listeners as soon as possible.

“The day-to-day operations of the radio station have not changed,” Wilke said. “It's really just the signal we can get out to the listeners who expect us to be there when they go to that, you know, hit that button number one on their car radio.”

It's a lot of work, but they hope to be back on the air as early as mid-September.

“We've got to replace the power lines, we've got to replace internet connections, we have to buy new transmitters and all sorts of broadcast equipment,” Wilke said.

For now, they're trying to get everything finished before winter because the site won't be accessible because of the altitude.

Wilke thanked the public for their patience as they get their Redding transmitter back up and running, and he said they plan to come back strong as ever.

In the meantime, Redding listeners can still tune in to listen online at mynspr.org.

And Wilke said depending on where you're at, some people may be able to listen on the Chico frequency 91.7.

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