By Sally Voth firstname.lastname@example.org
Woodstock TV station WAZT could be ready to return to Shentel Cable as early as this week, its owner said Monday.
Currently, the Weather Channel is airing on WAZT's normal station, Channel 10, said Greg Jones, who has owned the station for about 18 months.
Jones attributed technical difficulties to the derecho that roared through the region on June 30.
"The storm knocked out some of our microwave equipment up on the mountain at the transmitter site itself," he said in a Monday afternoon phone interview.
While broadcasting has continued at WAZT, the signal quality was so weak that Shentel determined the quality was too poor to air, Jones said. The Weather Channel has been broadcast on Channel 10 in the interim, he said.
"They're moving us to another channel and we're in the process now of getting everything repaired between the link that they were picking up at Shentel and the actual site," Jones said.
Viewers who don't have cable, but have a set-top box with analog pass-through can still pick up WAZT, as can those with antennas, according to Jones.
He said it took a while for the equipment damage to actually manifest itself, and said the station has been working on insurance matters as well.
Jones stressed that the family friendly channel that features a religion-heavy lineup would continue.
"We're not going anywhere," he said. "They're working on [getting it back up] as we speak. It could very well be back at the regular power level on Wednesday. Once it's there, Shentel will put it back in the cable system, but I'm not sure if it's going to be on Channel 10. I hope it is, but I'm not sure."
A representative for Shentel couldn't immediately be reached for comment Monday.