WIAA-88.7 FM is off the air

Jan 24, 2020

Credit Interlochen Public Radio

Dear Classical IPR listeners,

As many of you know, 88.7 FM has unexpectedly stopped transmitting. We are sorry for the problem which was entirely unexpected at a site we rebuilt just two years ago. Since the transmission failed on the evening of December 16, we have been working hard to get the station back up and running. We identified the issue as a malfunction in our radio tower’s antenna array, which will need to be dismantled and rebuilt by a specialized crew. Unfortunately, snow and ice have made it unsafe for our crew to climb the tower to do this work, despite several attempts. 

We anticipate that the crew will resume work in a few weeks, as soon as the weather allows for safe work conditions. In the meantime, when weather permits, we plan to install a low-power back-up antennae that will enable us to get 88.7 FM back on the air in several areas. 

This issue does not affect other stations. We encourage listeners to tune in online at interlochenpublicradio.org/listen-online. Listeners in the Traverse City area can also tune in to Classical IPR at 94.7 FM. 

I would be happy to speak with you about this matter and can be reached at 231.276.4446.

Sincerely,

Peter Payette
Executive Director, Interlochen Public Radio