WVLT off the air for some viewers

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- UPDATE, Friday, March 14, 2014:

A message from WVLT-TV:

WVLT, Daystar, and PBS are all located on a community tower owned by Richland Tower Company - a third party. On Monday, the tower company’s transmission feed line, which delivers our broadcast signals from the transmitters to the antenna at the top of the tower, essentially burned out.

Every station broadcasting from that site was essentially cut off from being able to broadcast from the tower. Crews have been working around the clock since Monday afternoon to restore transmission capability. As you might imagine, repairing the line on that tower has been a monumental undertaking, requiring parts and equipment be brought in from Texas.

In the interim, we have only been able to transmit WVLT via a low power signal from a low level antenna. While this has enabled us to be on most cable and satellite systems, it has continued to impact reception for a number of viewers like you.

The good news is that as of just before 3 p.m. today, Friday, March 14, the transmission link has been restored. Engineers are now in the process of bringing the power up slowly, so as to maintain stability and not risk another burn out.

It may take an hour or two to actually achieve maximum capacity, but we are almost there. Please bear with us just a little longer and it should pop on soon.

If you are still not receiving us by later this evening, you may want to try rescanning your set. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience this has caused you, and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Kindest regards,
The entire team at WVLT-TV