Stations Recovering From Irene

Facilities returning to air, and commercial power
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As an update to our item earlier this week on stations running on generators or off the air due to the effects of Hurricane Irene, WNYC(AM), New York is back on the air, although at low power.

It had gone off the air previously due to flooding in New Jersey though it was still available online and on FM.

And Entercom Corporate Engineer John Price tells Radio World that WGGI(FM) Benton Pa., part of Entercom’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. cluster, is back on the air with a borrowed generator.

WEEI(AM) Boston was on a generator for 14 hours but is back on commercial power now. WEEI(FM) in Westerly, R.I., remained on generator power for 114 hours. Kennedy reports some minor roof leaks at the facility and some trees down at the site.

Entercom Buffalo and Rochester are okay, he adds however there is no current report from one of the hardest hit areas, Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Va.


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