MPR system failure triggers antenna repairs
Bemidji Minnesota Public Radio stations suffered a major failure in the antenna system on Thanksgiving Day.
As a result, MPR News at 91.3 and Classical MPR at 88.5 are operating at a very low power preventing the signal from being properly transmitted to radios, according to a news release from Minnesota Public Radio.
The station's engineering team and an independent tower crew are coordinating repairs to the system.
"We are working as quickly as possible to return service to Bemidji area listeners," said MPR Regional Network Director Kristi Booth. "This will be a slow project as the repair work needs to be done at 1,000 feet above ground with the subsequent weather issues that occur at that height.
"Once the antenna is removed, it will then need to be rebuilt and installed. We want our MPR listeners to know that we are doing everything we can and we thank them for their patience."
During the repairs to the Bemidji signal, listeners are encouraged to stream their favorite shows and breaking news online at mpr.org.
The station's signal will be off the air again today (Tuesday) for service to the transmitter.