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Fire Takes WBDX Off The Air

WDBX/Chattanooga (J103) main tower was affected a fire that began Saturday morning knocking the station off the air. 

WBDX spokesperson Kimberly George said, “While we do not yet know the full extent of the damage, the wildfire is keeping J103 from broadcasting on the airways. Its engineers are working to assess the damage and make all of the repairs as soon as it is safe to work in the area.”

The fire on Lookout Mountain’s High Point continued to rage into Sunday afternoon. 

WBDX President, Justin Wade said, “Please join us in praying for the safety of local residents, our firefighters and first responders, as well as our broadcast equipment and tower. In the meantime, you can listen to J103 through our station stream or J103 app for iPhone and Android.”

He added, “We should know more on the extent of damage and interruption in broadcasting soon.”

The woodland fire at High Point on Lookout Mountain was first spotted by valley residents around 7 a.m. on Saturday. Later in the day, two helicopters were used to dump water on the fire. Gray smoke was still rising from the isolated woodland area on Sunday. Then the fire began to spread toward the north around mid-afternoon. There were no word about how the fire could have started.

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