KIWA Radio Has To Back Down Power To Prevent Transmitter Damage Due To Ice On Antenna Bays, Tower

ice on antenna freezing rainSheldon, Iowa — Even radio stations are not immune from the effects of an ice storm. KIWA Radio had to fold back power due to all the ice accumulating on the tower and antenna bays.

KIWA Chief Engineer Wayne Barahona tells us what happens.

He says that means some listeners may experience weaker signals.

Barahona says KIWA hopes to gradually restore full power to both KIWA and KIWA-FM with the help of mother nature. He says in the meantime, you can listen online at

KIWA did fare better than one area radio station. We’re told a radio tower in Worthington completely collapsed, due to the ice.

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