Latrobe station back on air
After more than two months of static, Latrobe-based radio station WQTW 1570 AM will be back on the air today.
The oldies station began playing music on Tuesday to test the functionality and quality of the broadcast, and today it will make its first broadcast since an April 16 storm-induced shutdown.
"I got very anxious, and I missed the show," 34-year broadcaster John Nalevanko said. "A lot of people were calling, and everyone wanted to know what happened and when we were coming back on the air."
The station's radio tower was toppled by intense winds during the storm.
The damage repairs totaled about $30,000 to reground the system and repair damages from the tower's fall. The repairs were partially covered by insurance, and owner Stan Wall covered the rest of the bill, Nalevanko said. He added that advertising was put on hold.
To make up for the lost time and advertising, Saturday's "Little John's Polka Show" and Sunday's "Marko's Polka Show" will run for four hours for at least two weeks, from 9 a.m. until noon, which is longer than the normal broadcast.
Nalevanko said he's excited to get the show back on the air and make listeners happy again. He's even planned one idea for his opening line.
"The polka beat for your dancin' feet is back on the air," he said.