KNSJ Forced Off-air by Ice

(By KNSJ Staff) KNSJ Radio (89.1 FM Descanso) is off the air after the station’s transmitter on Mount Laguna froze and broke during storms the first week of January.  The repair estimate is $1,500, said Martin Eder, founder of KNSJ, a public nonprofit radio station that serves East County and San Diego.

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The East County Magazine  Show airs on KNSJ on Mondays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  During the outage, which began  last week, our radio show and others on the station can still be heard online by downloading the TuneIn App for your cell phone or by listening to the streaming audio online at

“The antenna is almost 10 feet long and portions of the antenna were covered with an oval of six feet of near solid ice,” said Eder, who estimated the ice may have weighed a couple of hundred pounds. “One of the struts broke under the stress of the load.”

KNSJ, the Network for Social Justice, launched in July 2013 and carries a mix of local and nationally syndicated shows including Democracy Now.  Shows aired on KNSJ cover news, politics, music, comedy, environment and social justice issues, Native American news, and more.