WWAY transmitter running out of fuel, will stream news online; other Wilmington stations to follow


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY’s over-the-air signal went down earlier today and again this evening, with the station’s transmitter running out of fuel for its generator. Two other Wilmington stations that share the site are likely to go down soon.

If we lose our signal again, WWAY will continue to broadcast news during regularly scheduled times via our livestream. Some newscasts will air on The Big Talker 106.7 FM. Our signal may be available on some cable providers.

WWAY engineers braved brutal rain and wind early Friday morning as Hurricane Florence came ashore near Wrightsville Beach to go to the transmitter deep in the woods off US 17 in Winnabow to switch the transmitter, which puts out signals for WWAY ABC (digital channel 3.1), WWAY CBS (3.2) and the Cape Fear CW, over to the diesel generator after electricity to the site went out. While they were there, the signals for WECT and WSFX also went down, so WWAY’s team switched those stations to back-up power as well.

The stations made arrangements before the storm to have fuel available to refill the generators, but the flooding in the area from Hurricane Florence has so far made it impossible to get the fuel to the tower. As a result, WWAY briefly went off the air around 3 p.m. WECT and WSFX are also expected to run out of fuel soon and could lose their over-the-air signals.

The stations have been working with local, state and federal officials, include Rep. David Rouzer, FEMA and the governor’s office to figure out how to access the transmitter site by ground or air in order to provide essential information to the area during this ongoing disaster.

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have more information available soon.

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