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Station fire threatens station towers

August 31, 2009 |  5:21 pm

The Station fire continued its unimpeded march up Mt. Wilson, home to the bulk of transmitting towers for Los Angeles' local television stations as well as about a dozen FM radio stations.

Should the fire knock out the TV towers, only those who receive their television signals over the air and not via cable or satellite would be affected. Many stations also have auxiliary towers that would allow them to continue to transmit a signal if their primary tower is knocked out. According to Nielsen, about 14.2% of the Los Angeles TV market has access to only over-the-air television.

Some stations are also preparing to stream their content on their websites if they lose their signals. For more information on the Station fire, please visit LA Now.

-- Joe Flint

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