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I was working the midnight to 6 am shift at wrsl am/fm “True Country 96 Three”. A pioneer in fm radio for Lincoln County Kentucky.
I believe they first signed on with am 1520 then added fm.
At any rate around 1995 96 they were granted 12,500 watts not long after the power boost, i applied for a job as a dj and started out doing the daylight shifts such as The General Store where callers would buy, sell and trade items. I eventually landed the overnight shift wich i didnt mind at all since it was quiet and i pretty much had that blowtorch all to myself lol.
One evening around 11:30 pm i left the house to head for work. As i always did every trip to the station i would listen to the other dj’s to get a feel for what they had played so i wouldnt replay the same songs they did when i signed on. I switched the radio on and heard nothing, thinking something was wrong with my radio i changed to wkdo 98.7 on my presets.
Well the radio works, so i switched back to 96.3 nothing but a dead carrier, when i got to the station i was greeted by our engineer who was setting up our marti vhf transmitter to act as stl. The transmitter was 10 miles away. David told me (our engineer) that someone had broken into the transmitter shack and stolen some equiptment, the stl receiver was one of the things they took.
In about 30 minutes we were back on the air with a flat mono signal.
The equiptment they took was later said to have been dumped into a lake. Why anyone would want to risk their lives around high powered transmitters is beyond me. I mean this fm transmitter would make the flouresent lights glow! if you switched them off.
Some dates may be off since most of it was a blurr, when your nighttime is everyones daytime, it tends to mess with you after awhile lol.
Here is their new station website as well as history of wrsl and its staff over the years. http://www.wpbkfm.com/index.asp