89.5 KLUX-FM, the flagship station of the Catholic Communications Network, has been navigating some rough conditions lately. On April 29, a dangerous storm with high winds sent the 1,000-foot tower that held the station’s antenna for the last thirty years crashing to the ground. As a result, areas outside Corpus Christi could not receive the station’s programming of inspirational messages, community information and easy listening music.
On Memorial Day weekend, station engineers were able to increase the station’s coverage and increase power to slightly more than 30% of licensed values. Planning for a new Master Antenna began, a system that would restore coverage back to the station’s original reach. The rebuilding of essential equipment needed to restore the station to its original coverage continues to be a highly challenging work-in-progress. The completion of this work is expected to occur in early December, and the station should return to full operation at that time.
“We would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding and support,” says General Manager Marty Wind. “The rebuilding of the antenna system is costly and not covered totally by insurance. Your financial assistance is greatly appreciated.”
In the meantime, listeners are invited to enjoy the online audio stream which is available at klux.org.