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‘Voice of Farragut’ silenced
Lightning storm briefly halts production at Horne Radio, LLC

Lightning storms took five Horne Radio stations, including WFIV 105.3 FM, the “Voice of Farragut,” off the air Wednesday night, June 10.

“We either took a direct hit or a really nearby hit,” Tony Cox, general manager, said.

“Out of the five stations that run out of the Watt Road location, all five stations were taken off the air,” he added.

Cox added that, for Horne Radio’s AM stations, the lightning strike took out telephone lines and a broadcast circuit. At the Watt Road location, the strike killed microphones, mixing boards and computers.

Despite the losses, Cox said radio employees showed their support by helping as they could, even staying throughout the night to get the radio back on for morning drivers.

“We had two or three station employees working all night, the engineer and his helper worked all night, just to get W-F-I-V up and running and back on the air,” Cox said.

“At about 4 a.m., W-F-I-V actually came back on the air with all music … so when you got up the next day, people could at least enjoy their music,” he added.

As the day progressed, the station gradually recovered commercials and one microphone for a DJ.

“It’s a day-by day thing. It looks like, piece by piece, it’s coming back up,” Cox said.

“But I do anticipate it will be sometime next week before A-M 670 is back on the air. … It will be the early part of the week before the Horne Radio Network comes back on the air,” he added.


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