Winds Take Out WSPA-TV Tower

Analog and digital signals knocked off the air
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(March 2, 2009) SPARTANBURG, S.C.: High winds and ice have taken down the transmission tower of WSPA-TV, the CBS affiliate serving this South Carolina market. The tower, located on Hogback Mountain in the Blue Ridge, fell around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, according to published reports. No injuries were reported.

The main tower collapsed into the back-up tower as it fell. Both the analog and digital signals were knocked off the air.

“Both towers are on the ground and a repair crew is scheduled to evaluate the damage today,” WSPA said on its Web site. “Our signal can be viewed on Charter and DirecTV and digital channel 62.2. We are currently working with Dish TV so they can acquire our signal. We will live stream our newscasts here.”

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Heavy snows began pummeling the Eastern Seaboard states over the weekend, closing roads and knocking out power in some areas. Up to six inches was said to accumulate in areas of Georgia; New York was looking at 14 inches; South Carolina, eight inches.