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Lightning strike knocks AM 670 off air


While a lightning strike has knocked Farragut’s AM 670 off the air for an estimated 30 days, general manager Brian Tatum said the Horne Radio station will bounce back with a new Farragut-based, “hometown” format.

As opposed to its more broadly defined talk radio format tackling local, state, regional and national issues, the new AM 670 will be “Farragut’s community station that will focus on … everything that’s going on inside the Farragut community,” Tatum said a couple of days after a transmitter was hit by lightning. The resulting cost is “several thousand” dollars needed for a new transmitter.

“We hope to be back on the air around the first week of September, roughly, but I can’t give an exact date,” he added. “We’re replacing everything there with all state-of-the-art equipment.”

Community issues will include “Farragut High School athletic events, different topics that go on at the [Farragut/West Knox] chamber meetings,” Tatum said. “The town [government] meetings that are going on on a regular basis. Basically a sister station to the [farragutpress].”

Other “community-minded things” could include broadcasting “different church services … different community programs that would like to buy the time and be on the air on a regular basis. Just a wide variety of topics and issues covered on the station,” Tatum said.

A “daytime” station currently airing from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week, Tatum said on Tuesday that his station is currently looking for a show host familiar with Farragut events. “He’ll have other people on with him going over different topics in the community at that point and time,” he said.

Horne Radio, LLC is owned by prominent Farragut resident and real estate developer Douglas A. Horne, who also owns Republic Newspapers, Inc. and farragutpress.

 

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