WWJ AM 950 knocked off air
No word yet on what happened, but at about 9:30 this morning all-news WWJ lost transmitter power at its facilities in northern Monroe county and remained off the air for about an hour. The station's programming continued to air over the Internet via its web site at www.wwj.com during the outage.
When the station resumed its over-the-air broadcasts at about 10:35 am, they appeared to be at less than the station's licensed 50,000 watts as the station's normally strong signal was subject to more interference than usual from along the border of Troy and Sterling Heights. It's possible that WWJ resumed broadcasting using a back up transmitter located near 8 Mile Rd. and Meyers Rd. in southern Oakland county -- the site the station broadcast from for years until it moved further south to increase power from 5,000 to 50,000 watts in 2000.
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