Minn. AM Station Knocked Off by Fire
Police officer noticed and knocked on a window
Minnesota AM station was knocked off the air Friday by a fire.
in Marshall, heard on 1400 kHz as well as an FM translator, reported on its
website that the Marshall Police Department had noticed smoke rising behind the
station building. The fire department responded quickly and put the fire
out, but the AM signal was taken off the air and was expected to remain off
until sometime this week. The photo shown here is from the station website.
“The tower was recently
under construction and additions of the FM translator which was completed
yesterday,” the station wrote. “KMHL(AM) at 1400 kHz will be off the air until
repairs can be completed. … KMHL’s FM translator at 101.7 FM will continue to
broadcast as normal. Listeners are encouraged to tune in on FM.”
According to a weekend report in the
Marshall Independent newspaper, the blaze had been noticed by a
police officer, who found the door locked but was able to get the attention of
employees by tapping on a window. The paper quoted
station Manager Brad Strootman saying he believed the fire was electrical
in nature and estimated the damage at less than $5,000.
station carries news, information and agriculture; it’s the oldest of five in
the Marshall Radio family, having been founded in 1946 by Harry Linder &
According to Northpine.com, the company already has a
local FM signal off the air thanks to a 2015 windstorm; that signal is being
heard on another frequency.
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