Storm knocks WDVX off air, but the bluegrass continues online

9:33 PM, May 5, 2010   |    comments
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A popular East Tennessee radio station that's popular around the world, is off the air locally.

Lightning damaged WDVX's transmitter this weekend, and at this point, they are not able to broadcast over the air. There's no word on when the equipment will be repaired.

"Every ten minutes, someone was calling about 'where you at?' 'What's going on?'," said WDVX program director, Tony Lawson.

You can still listen to WDVX at their website, which is popular with bluegrass and americana music fans all over. 

"We've got a lot of wonderful listeners, a lot of wonderful support for WDVX," said Grace Leach, DJ for WDVX.  "We hope things will get back up and running real soon, because there's a lot of people missing us because they just can't get us online".

The transmitter site is located on Cross Mountain in Campbell County, the highest point in the Cumberland Mountains.  The height that lets the 200-watt signal travel well also makes the site prone to lightning strikes.  It will cost about $25,000 for repairs.

"We don't have a backup transmitter, so we've been trying to expedite that grant process with the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program," said Lawson. "We've also been asking listeners to help us cover the other 50% of what we need to raise."

Avid listeners of 89.9 FM said the station is more than just radio.

"I think the local community benefits greatly from local acts they can hear and not just the music," said WDVX fan, David Manns. "But the community that builds around the music and the culture that benefits around it." 

You can find the live webcast on WDVX's website. You can also call 866-946-9389 to donate to the station's transmitter fund.

South Central Media is transmitting WDVX's webstream on 89.9 FM until their tower is fixed.

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