4

KPFT Knocked Off Air -- Not By The KKK This Time

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Pacifica station KPFT-FM has been knocked off the air and may not be able to broadcast over the airwaves until tomorrow because of damage to its radio tower.

Don't blame the KKK this time. Blame copper thieves.

A group of what KPFT general manager Duane Bradley calls "relatively well-organized but stupid people" broke into the tower facility near 290 and Beltway 8 sometime this morning in search of copper.

The cut through some locks and even disconnected a "drop line," a high-voltage wire 30 feet off the ground, cutting power to the tower.

KPFT is the only radio station that rents space on the tower; also affected are some cell phone users.

Bradley says Harris County Sheriff's deputies are currently on the scene gathering information, but as far as he knows no copper was taken.

Given the number of companies who will eventually be involved in restoring service, it will likely take at least the rest of the day and maybe into tomorrow before KPFT is back on the air.

"Which is a drag," Bradley says, "because we're airing the [U.S. Supreme Court nominee] Elena Kagan hearings, and no one can hear them except in Galveston and on the internet."

The station can be heard on the net.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.