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3 Jonesboro radio stations knocked off air by copper thefts

September 18, 2018

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Three Jonesboro radio stations are back on the air after copper thieves disrupted operations and damaged the transmitter building and a backup generator.

The outages affecting East Arkansas Broadcasters stations KIYS, KIYS HD2 and KBTM were discovered about 1:20 a.m. Monday.

EAP Chief Operating Officer Scott Siler told The Jonesboro Sun that the stations returned to the air about 9 a.m. Monday.

Damage to the building and generator is estimated at $80,000.

The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office reports the wires were cut and were pulled from the ground and the building by a truck using either a rope or a cable.

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, http://www.jonesborosun.com

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