Louisville Radio Combo Recovering From Tower Snap


Oh, Snap. 

Unfortunately, it’s no joking matter for WAKY FM in Elizabethtown, Ky., serving the Louisville market.

The Golden Oldies station focused on the 1950s through 1970s saw its broadcast tower, visible from I-65, snap in half on November 27.

The cause: strong winds, which caused the 100-foot tower to break, leaving the transmitter dangling.

“Big Cat Tower victim of the high winds!” was the caption morning host Bobby Jack Murphy posted on Facebook with a picture of the damage.

Murphy witnessed the station’s tower topple, along with the dish on top.

He told WDRB-TV that no one was injured.

W&B Broadcasting Managing Partner Rene Bell told WAVE-3 it could be several weeks before the station gets back to normal operations. The station is streaming online and is using WAKY-AM 620 and two translators – W261CO at 100.1 MHz and W292FS at 106.3 MHz.

W&B’s two other radio stations use a different system and were not affected by the loss of the tower.