East Lansing, Mich – On December 11th, 2013, an issue with the Impact 89fm (88.9 WDBM-FM) transmission system caused the main transmitter shutdown during the evening broadcast. Upon inspection by the chief engineer, it was determined that the problem was not with the transmitter itself, but with the transmission line leading to the transmitter. The chief engineer was able to get one of Impact 89FM’s transmitters to power on and broadcast at a significantly reduced power. We continue to broadcast at this reduced power setting until the system can be evaluated and repaired.
Because of the holiday timing and subsequent severe weather, we have been unable to have a consulting team come in to evaluate the system. A team is scheduled to arrive on January 9th to assess the equipment and give an evaluation of necessary repairs.
“Once we have the equipment evaluated, we can take the next step towards getting back to full power,” said Ed Glazer, General Manager for WDBM (Impact 89FM). “The one positive to come out of this situation has been the overwhelming support from our fans. We look forward to getting the music flowing at full power as soon as possible..”
Impact WDBM-89FM is the student-run radio station at Michigan State University in East Lansing, and is available to be streamed online at Impact89fm.org. Located in Holden Hall, Impact 89FM hosts more than a dozen shows and has over 100 DJs and staff.