WHIO works to restore signal

Repairs to the WHIO-TV broadcast tower in Dayton are underway because of damage discovered this week.

The station’s over-the-air signal weakened significantly this week after damage was discovered at the 1,000 foot broadcast tower. Viewers who get the signal over-the-air are affected, as well as those who use DISH or DirectTV.

Viewers using Spectrum or other cables services are not affected because they do not get their programming from the over-the-air signal.

“There is nothing more important to us than getting our programming restored to all of our viewers,” said Rob Rohr, general manager of WHIO-TV and market vice president of Cox Media Group Ohio. “We know how much our viewers rely on us, and we are sparing no resource to get us back on the air as soon as possible.”

Climbers have been working for days on the tower, which is almost 1,000 feet in the air – the equivalent of three football fields. In addition to the dangerous conditions, rain and ice have stymied progress. On Friday, the tower crew discovered more extensive damage than previously thought, which will require more time to repair.

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