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I finally emailed KWAX about their transmitter problem. They replied that everything is fine. So I made this for them:
Driving around Eugene listening in the car it sounds exactly like that everywhere.
I guess nobody at KWAX listens to their own station.
KWAX still sounds awful, has for at least 2 days straight. Like no power at all. Nothing on their webpage about it, haven’t heard an on-air acknowledgment.
And when did they pull the plug on streaming?
KWAX 91.1 is still at very low power. KRVM is coming in better today but no HD yet. KLCC seems to be back to normal including HD.
I drove up to Blanton Heights today just out of curiosity. Quite a mess. Many mature trees down, and still lots of ice at that elevation. Saw many electrical contractor trucks roaming the area that aren’t from Eugene.
Props to everyone involved with restoring order up there and the rest of the area. I’m on Day 5 with no Comcast broadband or TV but there’s nothing Comcast can do until EWEB replace downed utility poles.
First world problems!
KWVA, KWAX and KRVM still at very low power. Word is there’s still too much ice buildup in antennas causing dangerously high reflected power. Is that a real thing?
KORE is back but it sounds like a rebroadcast of 1050 AM including AM’s low fidelity. KKNX seems Normal again.
KRVM 91.9 is up on a hastily-deployed backup transmitter. It seems to be very low power but it’s working.
KLCC is on a generator and backup transmitter. KWAX may be too, signal is mono. KORE & KKNX are still dead air.
KRVM has been working on setting up a backup transmitter but it’s not finished. They’re also hoping to get a backup generator in 2017.
KZEL has been on a backup transmitter for about 10 days, some other hardware failure not related to the ice storm.
As usual here when we have an ice storm, most of the transmitters on Blanton Heights are down. All Cumulus down, KRVM-FM, etc. Fox Sports KORE 95.7 was broadcasting classical this morning, currently dead air. KKNX-FM is dead air.
KRVM-HD2 has new student-produced “liners”. My favorites:
“HD Radio seemed like a great idea at the time so we signed up. You’re welcome.”
“If you’re not old and afraid, you might like us.”
We should do an initiative to change the state motto from “The Beaver State” to “The Anarchist State”. We tolerate everyone*. Oregon is so inclusive.
*Except university professors who go to a Halloween party in blackface. Woe unto you who do something that. The prof instead should have torched a Starbucks. That would have been far more acceptable to her professorial colleagues.
In the streaming age don’t they keep going as long as streaming is up? KZEL definitely does. Transmitter can be down but streaming goes on as if there’s no problem.
I can usually get a solid HD lock on KXJM here in Eugene. Sony XDR-F1HD with a Winegard HD6055P antenna. And KLTH will often get an HD lock with only a 1-bar signal.
EDIT: KGON 92.3 is getting through somehow right now in spite of KHRB in Harrisburg. That’s on another Sony with a very cheap indoor antenna. Even have usable RBDS/RDS.
(Sent from RG News)
No laughs in Arlie & Co.’s lawsuit against All Comedy 1450 in Eugene
By Dylan Darling
No joke: The owner of a comedy AM radio station in Eugene is being sued for allegedly not paying the station’s previous owner.
Eugene Comedy Radio, which owns All Comedy 1450, bought the radio station in November 2012 from Arlie & Co., according to Federal Communications Commission records. The purchase included the license for KLZS and broadcasting equipment.
Arlie & Co. has filed a lawsuit against Eugene Comedy Radio, claiming that it’s owed most of the $225,000 purchase price.
Meanwhile, Arlie, a former high-profile buyer and seller of real estate and the developer of Crescent Village in northeast Eugene, is facing a demand for money of its own.
In the radio station lawsuit, Arlie & Co. alleges that Eugene Comedy Radio agreed to pay $225,000 for the station. Eugene Comedy Radio made a partial payment of $14,000, Arlie claimed, but it’s still owed the entire $211,000 balance for the station. Eugene Comedy Radio’s managing member, Max Williams, signed a promissory note to pay the balance during the next three years, plus interest, Arlie & Co. claimed in its lawsuit filed on Oct. 14 in Lane County Circuit Court.
Attempts to reach Williams for comment were unsuccessful.
Thanks for your informed comments.
Corporate boardroom meeting: “What’s the point of us throwing more money at HD when we’re all doomed and going bankrupt?”
I wonder if the acquisition of iBiquity by DTS will lead to a bigger push for HD. Maybe DTS will re-brand it as “DTS Mobile Audio”. Hey it could happen.
CALABASAS, Calif., Oct. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq:DTSI), a leader in high-definition audio solutions and audio enhancement technologies, today announced it has completed the acquisition of iBiquity Digital Corporation for approximately $172 million. The acquisition, which was financed with a combination of cash on hand and debt, extends DTS’ mission to deliver a personalized, immersive and compelling experience across the network-connected entertainment value chain.
I know KZEL had early Harris gear.
When I was in IT I had many Dell & HP file servers that ran for years with zero problems except for a few hard drive failures. Since the drives were in RAID configs there was never any unplanned downtime. I had one Dell server that ran for 7 years without a single other hardware problem.
And they were running Windows Server.
Is this HD computer gear consumer grade junk that’s *expected* to last only a few years?
I forgot to mention KWSO in Warm Springs. They’ve also had HD exporter failure.
EDIT: I’m setting aside the issue of how many HD receivers there are in the wild. I’m trying to understand why the pro broadcast gear itself seems very unreliable.