Power cut leaves Lincs FM off-air all day

Lincs FM spent most of Wednesday off-air and off-line due to a power-cut at a transmitter site.

Belmont transmitting station lost power just after 8am, meaning Lincs FM, Classic FM and Digital One all fell silent. BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4 are also on the mast but it is thought their emergency generator kicked in to allow the stations to continue broadcasting.

Lincs FM was posting messages on Facebook and Twitter during the day, with the first one at 8:27am saying: “We’re having transmission issues. It’ll be hopefully sorted and we’ll be back on air and online soon.” The station’s online stream was also off as the online output is taken from an FM receiver.

Hourly updates passed, with this message appearing at 12:58pm: “For those who’ve missed Sam and John (breakfast presenters) today, they’ve promised to be twice as good tomorrow.”

Later in the afternoon, the station even started putting its news bulletins online for listeners to download. Finally at 3:28pm the station tweeted: “WE’RE BACK”.

To add to the problems, an emergency generator en-route to the transmitter site was delayed due to a motorway closure. BBC Radio Lincolnshire offered to help before realising where the problem was, but did inform listeners in its 4pm news bulletin that Lincs FM was back on-air should any listeners have moved the dial during the down time.

Rob Hammond was the presenter on-air when the power was restored at 3:30pm. “First thing I have to say is sorry for being off air for a quite long time. It was due to a power fault, and out of our control,” he said. He then went on to play Take That’s Back for Good. “Let’s hope I’m not tempting fate,” he added.

In true commercial radio style, the station was playing adverts when the power was restored.

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Posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 at 11:02 pm by RadioToday

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