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Forum staff reports, Published August 16 2009

91.1 FM off air after tower hit by lightning

A public radio station tower in Moorhead was hit by lightning Friday, and the station may be off the air for a couple of more days.

The KCCM-FM transmitter, which powers 91.1 FM, a classical music station, was damaged Friday afternoon, said Kyle Sisco with Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul. Engineers were on the scene and trying to repair the damage.

He said it could take a couple of days to fix it, though it may be repaired sooner.

“It’s a matter of when parts are available,” Sisco said.

The damage also cut off service of the digital signal for KCCM and for KCCD-FM, a news station.

KCCD, which is at 90.3 FM, is still available on regular analog radio.