KNCT-FM, public radio for Central Texas, returned to the radio airwaves Thursday with the installation of a low-power, temporary transmitter. This enables KNCT 91.3 to broadcast at low power and reach Killeen and the surrounding area as far as Georgetown to the south and Temple to the north. The station had been off the air since lightning struck its antenna two weeks ago. In the interim, KNCT has been streaming online at knct.org.
“The lightening strike caused far greater damage than originally thought,” said station manager Max Rudolph. “That, coupled with the recent rains, slowed our repair attempts. The temporary fix will allow us to bring our programming to the immediate area until we are able to make the necessary repairs and broadcast at full power. At that point we will be able to reach downtown Austin, Waco and beyond.”
Rudolph added the repairs and return to full power could take as long as six weeks.