Vandalism knocks oldies station off air

local@modbee.comAugust 15, 2013 

— Vandals targeted an AM golden oldies radio station in Modesto overnight Wednesday, disrupting transmission and causing hundreds of dollars in damage. David Jackson, programming director at KMPH Radio, said he awoke at 6 a.m. Thursday and tuned his radio to 840 AM; he was startled to hear dead air.

He called the engineer, who went to the station at 1192 Norwegian Ave. and discovered the chain link fence with barbed wire on top that circles the property had been cut. Upon closer inspection, the engineer found all the wires leading into the radio station had been cut.

Repair of the wires is estimated to take one or two days and cost $500. Jackson said KMPH started playing hits from the 1950s and '60s in July. It was off the air for a few months before then after a contract expired with a Spanish-language Christian talk format.

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