Cable fault cuts power to Main Street businesses Outage forces downtown restaurant to close, knocks station off air

September 09, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A faulty underground cable left several businesses on Main Street in Annapolis without electricity and knocked an FM radio station off the air for five hours yesterday while Baltimore Gas and Electric workers tried to return power to the area.

BGE spokeswoman Jessica Brown said power to half of Main Street in Annapolis went out at 10: 50 a.m., but workers managed to repair part of the problem by 4: 30 p.m. Workers were still on the scene yesterday evening.

While many businesses retained power, others, such as Buddy's Crabs & Ribs, had to close for several hours. The restaurant, at the corner of Main Street and Market Space, closed at 10 a.m., reopened at 4 p.m. and then lost power again about 6 p.m.

"I had to close down," said Manager Kevin McCarthy. "I also lost some food because all the walk-in freezers warmed up. It wasn't too bad, but we did have to throw away all the ice cream."

At WRNR-FM 103.1, the station was flooded with telephone calls from listeners wondering what happened to disc jockey Damian Einstein's morning broadcast. The eclectic station is known for its broad play list that includes hits from Marianne Faithfull, XTC, Brian Eno and Fats Domino.

Jake Einstein sold the station last year to Empire Broadcasting, a group whose leadership includes Steve Kingston, program director at K-ROCK in New York.

"Our phones have been ringing since the power came back up," said General Manager Judy Budensick. "People were wondering where we went. We just wanted to let them know we haven't done anything crazy. We just fell victim to the weather, an act of God or something. We're absolutely here, alive and kicking."

Pub Date: 9/09/98

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