Radio station WFDD’s broadcast strength was unexpectedly reduced early Wednesday morning when it began having technical problems with its broadcast antenna.
In the midst of an on-air fall fundraising campaign, WFDD is depending on a less powerful backup antenna to carry its signal until it can determine the problem with its antenna, situated in northern Davidson County.
“Our engineering team is working to identify the problem and will repair the antenna as soon as possible,” said Linda Ward, who manages the National Public Radio member station at Wake Forest University. “We apologize for this problem, and encourage our supporters to continue calling in their pledges to the station’s fall campaign.”
Meanwhile, WFDD will not be able to broadcast to its usual 32-county market, Ward said. “Listeners in Forsyth County and some adjoining areas likely will have no difficulty picking up our station,” she explained. “We’re still learning how far our signal is carrying while we are having this difficulty.”
Ward is optimistic that the signal will be back to full strength before the fall fundraiser is completed Friday evening. The on-air campaign began Oct. 17.
To call in a pledge, supporters are asked to call 1-800-262-8850 or 336-758-8851.
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