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Posted on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 9:43 a.m.

After transmitter failure, WLBY returns to the air

By Bob Needham

Note: This story has been updated.

Ann Arbor talk radio station WLBY (1290-AM) was off the broadcast airwaves for more than 2 days, but it's now live again.

At around 8 a.m. Monday, the power supply on the station's primary transmitter failed, Program Director Chris Ammel said. Engineers worked on the problem over two days, restoring power about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.

The station wasn't fully silent while the transmitter was down; all of its programming is also available to be streamed online through its website at, or via iHeart Radio.

WLBY is home to the high-profile local "Lucy Ann Lance Show," as well as a variety of other syndicated and local news / talk programming.



Thu, Jul 4, 2013 : 6:40 a.m.

Is this a story or a PR Release? Just asking. "High-Profile"?

Michigan Reader

Thu, Jul 4, 2013 : 1:04 p.m.

It's local news, FYI.

Paula Gardner

Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 6:35 p.m.

My drive to work hasn't been the same this week! Lucy Ann Lance and Dean Erskine do a great job reporting on local business issues with their "Business Insider" program. It's on from 8-11 a.m.


Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 4:07 p.m.

People still listen to AM radio?

Basic Bob

Thu, Jul 4, 2013 : 12:51 a.m.

The Detroit AM stations still have better traffic reports. I'll put one of those on for just that reason. Also AM signals travel farther than FM, but not as far as satellite.

Cole Bertsos

Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 4:42 p.m.

My dad listens to it almost exclusively — especially while driving. Never ceases to amaze me.

Alan Goldsmith

Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 4:34 p.m.

Yes, just not this one. Lol.

Bob Needham

Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 3:41 p.m.

Just updated the story -- they are back on the air as of 11:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Alan Goldsmith

Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 2:51 p.m.

""Our engineers are working diligently to get the station up and running again. Our hope is that we'll be on the air sometime this afternoon, but there are no guarantees," Ammel wrote in an email Wednesday morning." No rush. No one listens or knows you are broadcasting anyway. Cumulus Radio magic at work yet again.


Wed, Jul 3, 2013 : 2:03 p.m.

Is this the station that used to play a Frank Sinatra hour every Sunday night , and episodes of "The Shadow"? And then they quit doing that? I don't listen to them anymore.