off the air

idiom

of a radio or television station, etc.
: not broadcasting
The station is now off the air.

Examples of off the air in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since the theft has knocked the AM station off the air, WJLX is petitioning for the FCC to give it a waiver to continue to broadcast on the FM station, which is still on the air, Elmore said. Brammhi Balarajan, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 But the afternoon before the all-news format made its debut, a single-engine airplane lost in a storm smashed into the transmission tower, not far from La Guardia Airport in Queens, and knocked the station off the air. James Barron, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 After The Los Angeles Times reported that the HFPA had no Black members, Hollywood boycotted the organization and the 2022 Globes were booted off the air. Jake Coyle, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 The Smothers Brothers weren’t off the air for long, but their return, Smothers Brothers Summer Show, on ABC lacked its predecessor’s bite. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2023 The Golden Globes are looking to overcome years of controversy that forced the broadcast off the air in 2022. Conor Murray, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 One of the more recent fiascos came in 2008 when a Keith Haring balloon took a wide turn and crashed into the broadcast booth where Al Roker, Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer were broadcasting live, temporarily taking them off the air. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 After scandal, a year off the air and a one-year probationary run at NBC, the Golden Globes have an official new home: CBS. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 The One Tree Hill cast have reunited more than a decade off the air! Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023 See More

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“Off the air.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off%20the%20air. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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