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WJJL ADDRESSING VIOLATIONS, REMAINS ON AIR

The owners of WJJL-AM obtained an electrical permit and had a licensed electrician working on violations in their Main Street studios Thursday, according to city officials.

As long as the station owners are making progress on violations cited by city inspectors, no further action is expected, according to Dennis F. Virtuoso, director of environmental services and inspections, and Corporation Counsel Robert P. Merino.

"Nobody wants to shut anyone down. We're just trying to do our job," Virtuoso said.

He said he sent reports on conditions in the building relating to employee health and welfare to the Niagara County Health Department and to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday.

James J. Devald, county director of environmental health, said the county inspector was not in Thursday but would contact the city later.

The city had threatened to condemn the building at 1224 Main St. on Wednesday after claiming the station was failing to comply with city demands to rectify numerous code violations.

Among the conditions cited by city inspectors were no heat nor hot water, indoor temperatures in the low 40s, kerosene heaters, a variety of electrical complaints, mold, asbestos and leaks from the ceiling.

Station co-owner John Phillips said on Wednesday that the kerosene heaters had been replaced by "UL-approved" electrical heaters. He also said smoke detectors had been installed. But Virtuoso said the smoke detectors were in the wrong locations.

Phillips has accused the city of trying to shut down the station, and has said he is considering a move out of the city.

WJJL broadcasts 18 hours a day at 1440 on the AM radio dial.

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