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Public Radio Station Uses Duct Tape to Stay on the Air

Public Radio Station Uses Duct Tape to Stay on the Air

Mississippi Public Broadcasting found itself in a difficult situation as Hurricane Ivan was approaching. Time was limited and MPB had to choose between finishing repairs on WMAH Channel 19’s TV antenna or shoring up the antenna for WMAH(FM).
According to a news release from the organization, WMAH 19 and its DTV Channel 16 were taken off the air to repair the antenna and transmission line.
An article on the Biloxi Sun Herald’s Web site said Texas tower company Coast to Coast was hired to do a quick a fix on the FM antenna. The article quoted Keith Martin, MPB’s technical services director: “Wrap around enough duct tape, and it apparently does work. We’d already learned that the tower was improperly installed two years ago, and it was scheduled to be fixed, but not before Ivan.”
The article is at
For information on the station, the repairs and its broadcasting during Hurricane Ivan, see