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Boston Stations Return to Air Following Sunday Antenna Malfunction

Four Boston stations returned to the air this afternoon, following an antenna malfunction that occurred on Sunday night.

CBS-owned WBZ, and its MyNetworkTV sister station WSBK, ABC-affiliate WCVB, and PBS station WGBX were all knocked off the air around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday after a technical malfunction occurred at the broadcast tower they all share.

WCVB was able to quickly switch to an auxiliary antenna, and the station has been broadcasting at reduced power since Sunday night.

In order to return all of the stations to the air, technicians moved their signals to the tower of PBS station WGBH and transferred WGBH’s programming to WCVB’s auxiliary antenna. Read more

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WEAU’s Tower Collapses, Knocking Station Off the Air

WEAU‘s transmitting tower unexpectedly collapsed on Tuesday night, knocking the NBC-affiliate off the air.

The 2,000-foot tower, located in Fairchild, WI, stands just 25 feet this morning. Luckily no one was injured in the incident and officials are still investigating what caused the collapse.

WEAU’s chief engineer, Ron Wiedemeier, originally thought that there may have been a power outage at the tower after the station’s signal unexpectedly went dark a little after 9:00 p.m. last night. As Wiedemeier drove out to investigate, local officials informed the station that the tower was no more.

“It just basically made me sick to my stomach,” Wiedemeier said of hearing the news. Read more