WVIA in Pennsylvania back on the air after transmitter site fire

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WVIA, a dual licensee in Pittston, Pa., is slowly returning to the air after a devastating electrical fire on Friday. Newswatch 16, in nearby Moosic, Pa., has loaned out an unused transmitter. The FCC okayed the shift in order to restore the signal, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune. Over-the-air viewers can rescan their TVs to find the new PBS signal, Newswatch 16 reports. Radio is at reduced power but operating. WVIA will rebuild the transmitter site but WVIA President Bill Kelley said the building is a complete loss. “That building is toast. Every transmitter, every wire, every tube. It’s melted, it’s gone,” he told Newswatch 16. Construction estimates are between $1 and $2 million.

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