March 9, 2010

Radio station K-98 Jamz in Lawton burglarized: They Took EVERYTHING!!! (see VIDEO)

Source: KSWO TV LAWTON, Okla. A bold burglary knocked a Lawton radio station off the air last Friday morning, as workers at Perry Broadcasting showed up to find about $10,000 worth of equipment stolen from their studio near East Lee Blvd. on Flowermound Rd.

The thief or thieves even swiped a computer that keeps K-98 Jamz on the air.

The following local TV news report states:

Computers and radio stations, just like most businesses nowadays, go hand in hand. So when someone stole not just one, but five, computers from the Perry studios Friday morning, it crippled their operations.

They were not off the air for long, but for a business that loses money on dead air, it was long enough.

"It was very shocking to come in this morning and for everything to be gone," said K-98 DJ, Joe Biggs. "We had to scramble to find other computers to find other things to get us back on the radio."

They needed music too, because the thieves took the computer with all of their songs on it.

"Our programming director had some music playing, but I actually had to hook up my laptop and played some music off of there," said Biggs.

"These are things we use for entertainment and to get messages and community service and people listen to the radio for information," said station General Manager Joy Chapman.

While the morning was frustrating enough, it was not the first hit Perry Broadcasting has taken this year.

"Our tower, which actually put us on the radio every day, had gone down during the ice storm. So we're basically bouncing back from that," said Chapman.

Police are investigating and Perry workers hope someone out there will start talking.

"No clue but it's going to pop up we're going to hear something soon I hope," said Biggs.

In addition to the computers and monitors that were stolen, some TV's and webcams were also stolen and so were two transmitter tubes the station had just gotten in to help get the tower back up to full speed.

Chapman says the thieves probably have no idea what they even are. Police are asking anyone with information on the stolen equipment to call Crimestoppers at 355-INFO. Tips could be worth a cash reward.

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