Equipment Is Stolen From Gospel Radio & TV Station

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

Police want to know who stole thousands of dollars worth of equipment in Laurel County.

It happened in Keavy at a building that houses equipment for a gospel radio and television station.

The owner of gospel radio station WVCT and gospel tv station WVTN has been broadcasting from West City Dam road for more than 20 years.

Sometime after he went off the air Monday night someone stole almost 20-thousand dollars worth of equipment from the transmission room.

Police are asking for the public's help in their investigation and Sivley says he doesn't know how he'll recover.

Charles Sivley was at his home about 600 feet from his Gospel radio and television stations when he heard a popping noise late Monday night.

“I thought it was firecrackers, you know about this time of year and so forth, and some people over there on the, close by, they've been shooting firecrackers. So I thought maybe that's what it was,” Don Trosper said.

He later learned that what he really heard was a shotgun blast and someone smashing the top of his radio tower.

Inside the transmission room he found empty shelves and equipment stripped from the walls.

Everything else was thrown across the floor.

“Apparently they shut down during the nighttime hours and so when he went in this morning is when he discovered it so they've been off the air all day,” Trooper Trosper said.

State police say they don't yet know who the burglars are, but they broke in by tearing out the air conditioner and climbing through the wall.

“I don't know what they're motive was. I'd say it's just vandals...some people out for a kick I guess,” Charles Sivley said.

He says he just wants his equipment returned, and doesn't want to press charges.

“I'm not upset at the people that did it. I just want to see them change their ways and to realize that it's not me they're tampering with. It's the gospel of the lord Jesus Christ,” Sivley said.

Police say so far they have no suspects. They are asking anyone with information to call them.

The stations are non-profit; they don't sell advertising, so they say they really have no resources to replace what has been stolen.

However, the stations are back on the air.


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  • by Disabled Location: Formerly of KY on Jul 7, 2007 at 11:18 PM
    To John: Yes, there are a lot of places to go worship if you're young enough or physically able enough to get there. What about all the home bound, the ones in nursing homes or hospitals? As for educational use maybe if you listened more you could improve your vocabulary.
  • by Marvin Location: Emerson, Nebraska on Jul 5, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    Being from Kentucky and having to read about this and hoping something good might come out of it is not impossible, but not likely. Other people watch and listen and since I live in Ne. now I hear about stories like this. It makes me ashamed to be from the mountains. We can only hope that low life trash such as the people or person who did this finds redemption and ask for forgiveness.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: CORBIN on Jul 4, 2007 at 12:00 PM
    THIS IS REALLY SICK!!! THERE ARE VERY FEW GOOD THINGS THAT COME FROM KEAVY.IT IS ALL DRUGS AND VIOLENCE!! THE COPS MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT EARL HOWARD ROAD WHICH IS REAL CLOSE TO THE STATION, EVERYONE KNOWS HOW THE LAWSONS AND THE HENSLEYS ARE, BUT NO MATTER HOW BIG THEY THINK THEY ARE, GOD IS A WHOLE LOT BIGGER, AND IT WILL COME OUT WHO DONE THIS..
  • by John Location: Madisonville on Jul 4, 2007 at 10:04 AM
    Aside from the theft of equipment,why is a religious station broadcasting on 91.5 mhz in the first place ? The FCC has set aside the spectrum of 87.9-91.9 mhz for EDUCATIONAL stations.Where are all of the atheist stations in this segment of the FM broadcast band.Religious broadcasters get special treatment from the government,and yet they always complain about people being "hostile" towards religion.There are thousands of places of worship in this country that you can go to,not to mention that they don't have to pay property tax.Stop your(edited) already !!

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