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Board Hiring Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting of the MCPB Board of Directors Hiring Committee on Thursday, August 6th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. The meeting will be held in the Ukiah Library meeting area at 105 N. Main St in Ukiah. This committee is charged with conducting the search for a new general manager.

 

Why 91.5 Went Down Last Saturday

Posted by John Coate
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I am the General Manager of KZYX and the Executive Director of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting. You can ...
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on Thursday, 16 January 2014 in Station Business

Sometime early Saturday morning KZYZ, 91.5, suddenly went off the air.  The problem was large: one of the critical components of the transmitter itself, the "exciter," failed and took the signal down with it.

Fortunately, knowing this was a vulnerable part of the radio chain, we had bought a spare exciter last spring.  (We got a killer deal on it at $1200 instead of the usual $5K.)  It took more configuring than we expected, but we got the backup unit into service the next day with the help of ace radio tech Brian Henry.  Brian also took the broken unit to his shop to repair it.

If we had not had that backup unit on hand - and remember, it was a weekend, there is a strong likelihood that we would still be off the air this late in the week (Thursday) because the companies who make the gear don't keep this kind of inventory sitting around.  The factory told us it could take a week at least to get us a replacement.

For the past year I have been talking a lot about how we need to shore up our physical infrastructure.  There are a lot of aspects to it that I won't go into here, but this event points to one of the main ones - we need redundant systems and backup equipment on hand for when things go down.  We use very high grade equipment.  But it still wears out over time.  It isn't a matter of whether something will fail, it is a matter of when.

So, we have to spend a lot of money on the equipment and you might not even notice that we have it.  In fact, that is best, because when something fails and you hardly notice, then it did its job. 

We have backup units ready to go in some other parts of the radio transmission chain, but in many, if not most, areas we are still vulnerable.

(This is a good place for a reminder that we are going to a three-pledge-drive year starting in late February.)

We should all be thankful to Rich Culbertson for getting on the case as soon as he knew what had happened, and for sticking with it day and night until it was back up and running.  Way to go Rich.  And thanks too to Katharine Cole who gave us the 4WD pickup Rich used to get up to the transmitter on Laughlin Peak.

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I am the General Manager of KZYX and the Executive Director of Mendocino County Public Broadcasting. You can contact me directy at gm@kzyx.org See my website cervisa.com for more about me and where I have been.

The KZYX App is Available Now!

Go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for KZYX.  The app is free of charge.  It's a great way to get the live stream, the KZYX Jukebox, this website and to make a donation.  Follow this link for a preview and easy access to the download.  Or if you want to type it out here is the URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kzyx/id998145015?mt=8

KZYX Phone Numbers

Business office 707-895-2324

Philo studio 707-895-2448

Willits studio 707-456-9991

Mendocino studio 707-937-5103

KZYX Underwriting

KZYX doesn’t play commercials but we do have underwriting, which is very different from advertising. It is a great way to support KZYX and in exchange we will let our listeners know what goods and services your organization offers.

For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org