KATV Analog Signal Returns Nearly 2 Weeks After Tower Collapse

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Television station KATV resumed broadcasting an analog signal ten days after losing its antenna while crews worked to restring guy wires.  Once the signal returned last night, some viewers complained that the signal was "snowy."  The station said that restoring a strong signal is "still just a work in progress."

KATV's 2,000-foot tower at Redfield collapsed January 11, knocking out the ABC affiliate's analog and digital signals.  The collapse also disrupted the analog signal of Public Broadcasting Service affiliate KETS.  KETS's analog signal was not seen last night in Little Rock.

At the time it was built, KATV's tower was the second-tallest structure in the world.  The station has said a new tower will not be as tall.  The station has not decided whether to rebuild at Redfield, about 20 miles south of Little Rock, or to build a tower on Shinall Mountain, just west of the city.

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