Ice takes out tower, power


Severe ice storms took down the tower at one Charleston-Huntington, W. Va.,
station and knocked out the power at another.

No one was injured when the WVAH-TV tower went down, news director Terry Cole
said, adding that his station's engineers had been on site only minutes

Cole said huge chunks of "football-size" ice could be seen around the tower's

The Fox affiliate, with the help of Charter Communications INc., managed to restore service
to cable viewers through fiber optic and microwave links, and Cole said station
owner Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. "will do everything we can" to restore full service as soon as

WHCP(TV), located in Portsmouth, Ohio, but in the Charleston-Huntington
market, lost its signal in the storm, although it was not clear at press time what
the problem was.

The station said it will find a way to air The WB Television Network and UPN programming viewers
missed during the down time.