Quincy, IL - Aug 6, 2007 - An AM station on the air with a new Broadcast Electronics AM 5E transmitter and a temporary long wire will be restored to full power this week, thanks to a determined young broadcaster. WEBO AM 1330, licensed to Owego, NY, has been radiating 1kW from a long copper wire strung across three telephone poles as part of an STA since July 2006. 25-year-old David Radigan purchased the station at that time and acquired a BE AM 5E solid-state transmitter to replace a plate-modulated transmitter.
Under a previous ownership, the news station was divested of its capital assets and sold for one dollar. At one point, the AM operated as part of the town's movie theater operation. Radigan has been operating the 5kW BE AM 5E at a reduced 1kW output pending FCC and local approval of a construction permit for a new tower facility, designed by Consulting Engineer Bill Sitzman of Independent Broadcast Consultants of Trumansburg, NY.
Construction was to be completed last week for the new tower located in the village of Owego, within two miles of the station's original tower site. Early this week, BE's AM 5E will restore the station to 5kW non-directional daytime power, reducing power to 36W at night.