Copper thieves knock Spokane radio station off the air

Nov. 5, 2013 at 4:10 PM

SPOKANE, Wash., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A religious radio station in Spokane, Wash., was knocked off the air Sunday morning when copper thieves pulled the wiring off its transmission tower.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Department said in a written statement Tuesday it would cost KMBI-AM several thousand dollars to rewire the tower and get back on the air.

Deputy Mike McNees was called to the KMBI studio Sunday when employees noted the monitor on one of the station's towers was out and the station was no longer broadcasting. Further investigation by the employee revealed numerous wires had been stripped from the tower.

The investigation was continuing Tuesday. KMBI also has an FM operation that was not affected by the theft.

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