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WMSS knocked off air during Friday’s Blue Raiders-Falcons game

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Posted 8/29/18

WMSS 91.1FM was knocked off the air during the first quarter of the football game between Middletown and Lower Dauphin on Friday.

An internal power supply in the station transmitter blew and could …

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WMSS knocked off air during Friday’s Blue Raiders-Falcons game

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WMSS 91.1FM was knocked off the air during the first quarter of the football game between Middletown and Lower Dauphin on Friday.

An internal power supply in the station transmitter blew and could not be immediately repaired, WMSS General Manager John Wilsbach said in a press release to the Press & Journal.

 

Although the transmitter was down, the station was still broadcasting the game on the Internet at wmssfm.com. Engineer Tim Starliper and assistant Dan Magaro got the station back on the air with limited power in the fourth quarter.

“We've been fortunate over the years not to have a major technical problem during a big broadcast,” Wilsbach said.

“We're very disappointed it happened when it did and apologize to our faithful listeners,” he added.

Phone calls, texts and Facebook comments started coming in from listeners almost immediately after the radio station was knocked off the air. Listeners at wmssfm.com were not affected.

Although operating at full power, the transmitter had been scheduled for an upgrade Aug. 30 as part of completion of the WMSS tower expansion project and power increase.

The tower portion has been completed. 

The expansion will enable WMSS to boost its signal in almost all directions by up to 4,500 watts or more.

The project also will prevent other radio frequencies from encroaching upon the 91.1 frequency.

“Now, it's just a matter of getting the transmitter back to full power and having a backup in place to go on the air quicker in the event this should ever happen again,” Wilsbach said. “We were just a week too late.”

All repairs and upgrades should be completed in time for the Blue Raiders’ game Friday at Northern York, Wilsbach said.

The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.