Regular 90.3 FM listeners may have noticed a change to the sound of KFAI around 11:45am on Wednesday. No, we didn’t switch to an all-ASMR static format. The power to the IDS Center, home of KFAI’s broadcast antenna, was shut down in response to damage caused by a leak in the building’s water expansion tanks. This leak made its way some of the building’s electrical equipment, prompting an evacuation of all floors above the 26th.
As of Thursday afternoon, our transmitter equipment has been without power for more than 24 hours and outages are projected to last through the weekend. While this might put a damper (no pun intended) on our Summer Member Drive, there has been no stop to the great music, news and information on KFAI.org and our mobile app. If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably ON kfai.org and are seeing first-hand the value of our streaming platforms. It’s your support that keeps the power flowing through these streams and helps us archive the shows you may have missed during this prolonged outage.