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WCMY Returns to Air

Vandalism took Ottawa, Ill., AM station off the air

WCMY(AM), in Ottawa, Ill., fixed the effects of what the station said was an act of vandalism and returned to air Saturday.

According to Program Director Jay LeSeure, someone snapped off a lightning arrester at the transmitter site and damaged an antenna tuning unit, while the transmitter was on last Friday; the action took the AM, which normally operates 500 watts day/38 watts night on 1430 kHz, off the air.

The vandal also stole some equipment, according to the NRG Media-owned station.

WCMY’s Internet stream remained on. Its sister station, WRKX(FM), uses a different transmitter site and remained on the air.

WCMY tells listeners that newscasts that would have aired Friday afternoon and Saturday morning will be available for a week on its website in the “on demand” section.