Glitch blacks out WBAL

December 14, 1990|By Eric Siegel

WBAL-AM (1090) went off the air for 32 minutes beginning at 7:15 a.m. yesterday because of a rare malfunction in the 50,000-watt station's transmitter.

The top-rated area station in the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. morning drive-time period, WBAL gave away $100 to 22 different listeners when it returned to the air at 7:47 a.m. Vice president/station manager Jeff Beau champ said the impromptu giveaway was a token expression of gratitude for listeners' loyalty. The station "got bombarded with phone calls" during the blackout, he said.

Andy Butler, WBAL's director of engineering, said the station was to be off the air from midnight to 4 this morning so engineers could determine the cause of the problem.

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