Work on LBL Tower Affects WKMS Regional Signal

Murray, KY – Media Release: Work on LBL Tower Affects WKMS Regional Signal

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009

Contact: Kate Lochte (800-599-4737 or

Murray, KY. - WKMS, the 100,000 watt public radio service of Murray State University, is powering down intermittently to allow structural reinforcement to its tower in Land Between the Lakes

During the work, which may extend a week to ten days - all days except Sunday, 91.3 FM WKMS will either be powered down or dropped to low power to protect tower workers. The station's 91.3 WKMS HD-1 and all-classical 91.3 WKMS HD-2 over the air signals will be turned off. However both 91.3 WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 will stream live online at throughout the work period.

According to WKMS Chief Engineer Allen Fowler, the work will allow the Commonwealth Office of Technology/Kentucky Early Warning System to proceed with its installation of digital transmission equipment.

If the work causes WKMS to turn its main transmitter power off completely for several hours after Morning Edition for several days, starting at 9 a.m., the station will operate on its auxiliary low power transmitter serving Calloway and Henry Counties from the Murray State University studios site.

WKMS broadcasts to listeners in almost 30 counties in far west Kentucky, southernmost Illinois, and northwest Tennessee from the tower located in the national recreation area.

For further information, call WKMS toll-free at 800-599-4737.