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1968 WISL Transmitter Fire

  • May 31, 2014

Fire tore through the WISL Transmitter site located on Big Mountain on February 17th 1968 completely destroying all equipment and forcing the station of the air for a brief period of time. Below is an article published in the Shamokin News-Dispatch on February 19th 1968, the Monday following the fire. Thanks to Heather Sharp-Makal for uncovering this newspaper clipping.

Shamokin News-Dispatch Story February 19th 1968

Shamokin News-Dispatch Story February 19th 1968

On the same day that this article was published WISL also ran a nice sized ad proclaiming that the station would be back on the air shortly and thanking the listeners for their support and patience.

WISL AD from the Shamokin News-Dispatch February 19th 1968

WISL AD from the Shamokin News-Dispatch February 19th 1968

Amazingly within days of being taken off the air by fire, WISL resumed broadcasting at 9am on February 21st 1968. A new transmitter building would be built in the coming months and would serve the station for more than three more decades. Below is the article from the Shamokin News-Dispatch announcing that WISL has returned to the air.

Shamokin News-Dispatch Story February 21st, 1968

Shamokin News-Dispatch Story February 21st, 1968

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