Update: Power was restored to our transmitter at 8:56 PM. Operation is normal. Thank you for your patience.
As of this writing (6:45 PM), our main transmitter at 90.1, along with our Richland (90.5) and Prosser (92.3) translators, are off the air due to a power outage caused by severe icing conditions at the transmitter site. Our Internet stream is still available, so listeners can still enjoy Christian Family Radio online. Per Federal Communications Commission rules, the translators must automatically shut off when they lose signal from the main transmitter.
An inspection of the area today revealed over 6 inches of ice on towers and power lines in the vicinity. Rising temperatures turned the ice more brittle, then winds stressed power lines enough to break them. A PUD crew has been working since this morning to restore power to our site as well as others nearby.