WBOI-FM transmitter damaged from power spikes

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WBOI-FMOn 3/19, there were a number of power outages across Allen County, Indiana and a transformer on the power line that supplies electricity to free-form WBOI-FM Ft. Wayne blew out, according to a Journal-Gazette story. It is an NPR member station, O&O’d by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, a non-profit. The station has studios and a 600-foot transmitter tower in Fort Wayne’s Centennial Park. Effective radiated power is 34,000 watts, covering northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio, and extreme southern Michigan.


The station said transmitter for the public radio station on 89.1 FM was damaged:

“Due to these damages we are currently broadcasting at limited power,” the station said. It apologized to those experience “signal issues.”

President and General Manager Peter Dominowski told the paper that the station does not yet know how long it will take for the situation to be resolved.

Co-owned Classical WBNI-FM, might experience some outages during repairs, the station said.

See the Journal-Gazette story here


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Carl has been with RBR-TVBR since 1997 and is currently Managing Director/Senior Editor. Residing in Northern Virginia, he covers the business of broadcasting, advertising, programming, new media and engineering. He’s also done a great deal of interviews for the company and handles our ever-growing stable of bylined columnists.

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  1. well this should never happen,, there several ways that problems like this can be avoided,, and at little cost,, good engineering practices ,, a good knowledge of electrical installations ,, i find many times that some basic elecrical installation practices are missing,,

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