Sports radio station back on the air after flooding

Sports radio station back on the air after flooding

EAST CAPE GIRARDEAU, Ill. (KFVS) - A sports radio station affected by flooding returned to the airwaves this week.

KGIR-AM, better known as SEMO ESPN, began again to air programming on Monday, August 12, but at low power.

On Friday, Aug. 16, River Radio engineers announced they had the station running at full power.

Flooding hit the transmitter in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois sometime Monday, June 17 and knocked the station off-air.

SEMO ESPN transmitter flooded

Operations Manager at River Radio, Mike Renick, explained exactly what the problems were.

"The floodwaters are at a point where the tower itself has kind of been compromised, Renick said. “As we get a back up transmitter in place or the current transmitter functional, we are going to be at the mercy of the tower being able to broadcast the signal. Like everybody else we need the water to kind of get down as fast as possible then we’ll survey things and see how long it’s going to take.”

The station was still streaming online and fans of the Cape Catfish were happy to hear that all home games were moved to KZIM.

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