WNJO transmitter back on-air nearly six weeks after Sandy

By Andrew Lapin

New Jersey Public Radio’s  transmitter in Toms River, which went dark Oct. 29 during Superstorm Sandy, resumed broadcasts  Dec. 14, according to Jennifer Houlihan, spokesperson for New York Public Radio, which operates the station.

The WNJO transmitter was reportedly swept out to sea during the storm, but WNYC’s engineers found it intact when they gained permission to visit the site.  The storm did knock out electrical power and telephone access to the transmitter, and engineers had to request permits and inspections from local authorities before they could finish the repair job.

Three other New Jersey transmitters operated by New York Public Radio resumed broadcasts Nov. 3, according to a letter that NYPR President Laura Walker wrote to listeners. On Nov. 6, CPB presented WNYC with $250,000 in emergency grants to aid in its recovery efforts.

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