WFDD May Return to Full Strength Next Week

Radio station WFDD, which has been operating with a reduced transmitting signal since Hurricane Fran, expects to return to full broadcasting strength early next week.

High winds from by the hurricane caused some damage on the station’s antenna in northern Davidson County, said Cleve Callison, manager of the National Public Radio affiliate at Wake Forest University. Crews have been working all this week to determine the cause of the problem. Repairs are scheduled to begin early next week. Callison is waiting for a repair crew to finish work in eastern North Carolina, where a number of stations suffered damage from Fran.

Since the storm, WFDD (88.5 FM) has been left with only enough transmitting strength to cover most of Forsyth County and the fringes of some adjacent counties. Normally, WFDD can be heard in 11 Triad counties and in 21 other nearby counties. The station is relying on a back-up transmitter and antenna at its Wake Forest studio to cover the reduced area.

WFDD broadcasts NPR news and classical music. Recently, it began broadcasting Wake Forest football and basketball games. The university’s football game at Georgia Tech will be broadcast Saturday night. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.

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