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WEAO Having Transmission Problem (Updated)

By admin Published: April 15, 2011

UPDATE: Here is what the station said on Facebook on Saturday morning: : Work on the technical problem is delayed until Monday morning due to high winds and rain. Most cable subscribers are getting Western Reserve PBS now, thanks to cable systems switching over to our WNEO signal.

The problem, which began last night, is slowly being resolved. Cable subscribers should be getting a signal from the public-TV operation. The cable companies switched to the WNEO signal, which is still working. Over-the-air viewers of WEAO are still out of luck at this time.

Here's how the station explains it:

Western Reserve Public Media's WEAO stations have been off the air since 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, due to technical difficulties. The problem appears to involve an 800-ft. transmission line that begins at the station's Copley transmitter and runs up the transmission tower to its antenna. The organization's WNEO channels, which serve the greater Youngstown area, are unaffected by the problem.

The WEAO channels that are off the air include the high-definition signal Western Reserve PBS (WEAO.1) plus three digital channels: Fusion (WEAO.2), MHz Worldview (WEAO.3) and V-me (WEAO.4).

"We apologize to our viewers for this inconvenience," said Bill O'Neil, Western Reserve Public Media station manager. "We have a tower and engineering crew arriving this morning who will assess the situation and work with our engineers to correct the problem. We will do all that we can to resume transmission as quickly as possible."

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