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Who’s On-Air and Who’s Not

We circle back to report on some storm-affected stations that have returned to air under back-up or regular power

Photo courtesy of Cumulus Media

Cumulus Media SVP Engineering & IT Gary Kline reports that WABC(AM) in New York City is back on regular power. It had been on generator power since the storm. The transmitter site is in NJ.

WICC(AM) in Bridgeport, Conn. went back on the air earlier in the week on generator power. The storm surge caused generator propane tanks to break free and wash away. The bottom six inches of generator and engine were submerged in salt water, according to Cumulus. Telco circuits came down when a tree fell on the wires.

Photo courtesy of Cumulus Media

At the Cumulus-owned WEBE(FM) transmitter site, water reached the last step of the control room building at the power plant (see photo, right). Luckily the transmitter building and generator were not compromised, according to Cumulus, though dead lobsters were scattered everywhere (left). The station is licensed to Westport, Conn.

All CBS Radio stations in the affected storm areas remained on the air either on commercial power or generator except for WINS(AM) which had flooding of its antenna system. The AM began operating at reduced power yesterday, 10 kW, until repairs are made to the directional antenna. New York Public Radio’s news-talk WNYC(AM) remains off the air. The FM signal at 93.9 MHz remains on the air and the stations are streaming at

Salem-owned WMCA(AM) in New York City remains down because of flooding at its New jersey transmitter site. The stream is down as well.