Local radio is back to normal after Saturday’s freak storm, even if the five stations owned by Longport Media were still running on emergency generators Tuesday because electricity hasn’t been restored yet to the neighborhood around its Linwood studios.
Dave Coskey, the company’s president, said news-talk station WOND-AM 1400 had its transmitter returned to full power Tuesday. But the station had been back on the air since early Monday in most of its coverage area, he said, after its normal broadcasts were shut down for most of the weekend by damage to the transmitter in Pleasantville.
“I’m not sure if it was a lightning strike,” Coskey said. “Anybody in the Atlantic County area could hear us since Monday morning, but technically, we returned to full power (Tuesday)“.
The stations’ headquarters have been running on four gasoline-powered generators since about 5:30 a.m. Saturday, and the management sent out gas cans for another new load of fuel Tuesday afternoon.
“Every time we fill up, I’m hoping it’s the last time,” Coskey said.
Some of the company’s other stations were affected by the damaged transmitter, but Longport Media managed to give listeners key information through the weekend, including live weather reports, on its WTKU-FM 98.3 station, also known as KOOL 98.3, he added.