Knox radio station asks for help with transmitter replacement

Knoxville radio station asks listeners to help with transmitter replacement

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - WDVX Radio in Knoxville has received a federal grant to replace a broadcast transmitter knocked out by lightning in May, but it still needs to raise money to help fund the project.

The station applied for emergency funds after the lightning strike hit its transmitter on Cross Mountain in Campbell County on May 5. 

Although WDVX had only limited broadcasting for five days, its webcast continued.

In order to get the funds from the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP), the station has to raise the required match, 25 percent of the total cost.

WDVX is appealing to listeners, local businesses and community supporters during a one-day capital campaign on August 25. The goal is to raise $11,000.

The funding will cover a new transmitter and antenna, transmission lines, surge protectors to guard against lightning strikes and electrical work.

The project will also allow WDVX to increase its antenna tower height by 40 feet more than the current one.

PTFP is a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It provides funding to public radio and television stations for equipment purchases. 

WDVX belongs to Cumberland Community Communications Corp. a non-profit organization.

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