Vandals bump spanish station off the air
4 radio towers toppled
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 30, 2006 12:00 AM
Vandals took a torch and toppled four 197-foot radio towers that are part of a seven-tower cluster in Black Canyon City, authorities said Wednesday.
The damage has been preliminarily estimated at "millions of dollars," said Susan Quayle, a spokeswoman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
Knocked off the air was KMIA-AM (710), a Spanish station in Phoenix. It broadcasts ESPN Deportes, a sports-talk format that launched last month.
Tom Duran, the station manager, said there was no immediate indication when the station would be back on the air. It could take "several weeks," Duran said.
"It's disheartening to know that somebody would do damage like this to a federally licensed facility," he said.
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