Wittenberg's WUSO radio station knocked off the air

Apr 12, 2012

SPRINGFIELD - A busted water pipe has caused the student run radio station at Wittenberg University to temporarily go off the air.

WUSO (89.1) FM) was knocked off the air over the Easter weekend, when four feet of water flooded the basement of Firestine Hall the home of the radio station and approximately 200 students.

Wittenberg's Dean of Students and Vice-President for Enrollment Management, Sarah Kelly, says the flood water reached and ruined the station's sound board and caused significant damage. The university has notified the FCC that the station will be off the air for at least 10 days.

"We don't have any hard dates at this moment regarding how long we will be off the air," Kelly said. "The FCC requires that if we are going to be off the air for longer than 30 days we have to petition to keep our license and we have our attorney working on that."

Kelly says this is the first time she can recall the station has been off the air for an incident like this and there is no set date on when the station will return to the air.

"We are still just recovering from the acute phase of all of this and we will try to bring it back as soon as possible," Kelly said. "I hope in the interim our listeners will tune in to WYSO."