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South Point, OH -  A radio tower was lost due to severe weather in South Point, OH, which is in Lawrence County, affecting Tri-State radio stations.

According to a news release issued by Kindred Communications, which is a locally owned and operated radio, internet, and publishing company in Huntington, WV, a 400-foot radio tower was blown down by the severe weather that went through the Tri-State on Tuesday, June 10, leaving thousands of people without power.

The tower, which is located in South Point, OH, covers the radio stations The Planet, 92.7 FM and 98.5 FM, which is the region's Real Rock station, as well as WCMI-1340 AM, which is the local ESPN station.

No injuries were reported, however, the news release said storm damage had to be removed from the access road to the tower before repairs could be done.

According to the news release, The Planet will continue on low power until the tower is repaired, and listeners are reminded they can go to The Planet’s website, www.planet927.com with the site’s “Listen Live” feature. Also, listeners can use other internet options to keep listening to The Planet. For example, on their website, listeners can download Smart Phone apps, either the IOS Apple app or the Android app. Another way to tune in is to use the “Tune In” website, which has The Planet at tunein.com to listen in.

“This is the first time in my 45 yeas in radio I have seen a tower brought down by severe weather,” Kindred Communications President Mike Kirtner said. “We are happy to report there were no injuries, and our crews will be working to restore The Planet 92.7 FM to full power as soon as possible.”

The news release said the signal 98.5 FM, which is a Huntington area translator which feeds the surrounding area a strong signal in a 15-mile arc from the tower covering the areas of Huntington, WV, Ashland, KY, and Ironton, OH, will be back up soon, according to Kirtner. He says “We are working to get the signal for 98.5 FM, as well as our 94.1 FM signal (used in conjunction with WRVC 930-AM radio), moved to our new tower at 555 Fifth Avenue, and expect to have both those signals up in 10 days or less, helping to lessen the problem of reduced power on 92.7 FM.”

According to the news release, The Planet, which features the region’s best rock morning show, Lex and Terry, as well as Real Rock throughout the rest of the day, will continue to broadcast the full schedule of programs on the reduced power signal 92.7 FM throughout the replacement of the tower, and will continue to make appearances at remotes and other locations.