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Sunday, August 30, 2009

LA Radio and Television Threatened by Fire

The Station Fire is currently threatening television and radio transmission in Los Angeles as flames approach broadcast transmission facilities located atop Mount Wilson. Among the stations impacted include:

KPFK(FM) 90.7 mhz (110,000 watts)
KBIG(FM) 104.3 mhz (105,000 watts)
KLOS(FM) 95.5 mhz (63,000 watts)
KTWV(FM) 94.7 mhz (58,000 watts)
KRTH(FM) 101.1 mhz (51,000 watts)
KCMG(FM) 92.3 mhz (43,000 watts)
KLVE(FM) 107.5 mhz (29,500 watts)
KCBS(FM) 93.1 mhz (28,500 watts)
KPWR(FM) 105.9 mhz (25,000 watts)
KLSX(FM) 97.1 mhz (20,900 watts)
KZLA(FM) 93.9 mhz (18,700 watts)
KMZT(FM) 105.1 mhz (17,600 watts)
KPCC(FM) 89.3 FM (600 watts)

KCOP(TV) Ch. 13 (162,000 watts)
KTTV(TV) Ch. 11 (166,000 watts)
KCAL(TV) Ch. 9 (141,000 watts)
KABC(TV) Ch. 7 (159,000 watts)
KTLA(TV) Ch. 5 (44,700 watts)
KNBC(TV) Ch. 4 (44,700 watts)
KCBS(TV): Ch. 2 (36,300 watts)

Since most people receive local television broadcasts on cable or satellite TV, which don't rely on the Mount Wilson facilities to acquire or retransmit local television programming, only those who are solely using an antenna will be impacted should transmission atop Mount Wilson be affected. Additionally AM radio stations do not have transmission facilities on Mount Wilson so they are not affected. There may be some impact on cellular phone service as some phone companies maintain relay facilities on Mount Wilson.

KABC's John Phillips will be on the air all Sunday evening starting at 11:00 PM and continuing through to 5:00 AM Monday morning (when Doug McIntyre's regular programming comes on the air). Phillips will carry important news relating to the fires all evening at AM 790 on your radio dial or www.kabc.com.

UPDATE: KLOS-FM has switched transmission to a back-up transmitter on nearby Mount Harvard. For a webcam view of Mt. Wilson click here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

They've been pretty useless so far, mostly continuing with their regular programming, leaving the print and blogs and twitter to make up for it.

Two firefighters died this afternoon when their car overturned, now that is a tragedy and something to be sorry about. BUT let's not turn that into a political football one way or the other. As some already are, trying to turn it against Villaraigosa. He is an idiot but it's his job to negotiate with the fire and police unions, to balance the budget and public safety.

For once he's not accused of caving to the unions, and so he can't win. And NO not because he's "the gangbanger mayor" and hates cops and firefighters.

Let's pray no more firefighters or people die, or are seriously burned. Those two who thought they'd ride it out in a hottub sure regret it now. HOWEVER I do understand those who won't evacuate too, since in the past some homes have been saved when a number of neighbors stayed to keep hosing down their roofs and yards. There are also retardants that should be better publicized, that have saved entire homes.

For those who stay, make sure doors and windows are sealed tight - most fires start when an ember blows into the house or garage.

August 30, 2009 10:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:31-Very well put; thank you.

August 30, 2009 11:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No, it's not very well said. It's misinformation.

If you stand on your roof and start watering your house when the fire approaches, it's far too late for you to try and saturate your roof. By the time that fire gets there, it's so hot that the measly water you've been spraying is doing nothing and it then gets hot and is evaporated within seconds.

All you're doing is irritating the firemen because you're affecting their water pressure.

This has nothing to do with the mayor. I'm not even sure why his name was brought into this.

August 31, 2009 12:54 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:54, you have no idea what you're talking about. Got that info from the fireman doing clearance checks. Of course they officially urge people to leave but if you want to try to save your house, that's the way to do it - seal and wet everything starting with the roof. If you're smart you don't have flammable plants around your house but succulents. Truth is the firemen can't be everywhere at once, but will go after the homes in greatest danger. Your "scientific explanation" is just ridiculous.

Obviously this is not for when the fire is already next door.

August 31, 2009 2:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Its a shame that we lost two firemen. I was very happy not to see Villariagosa on TV about the fire. Losing the firemen is the prime opportunity for him to stick his face in TV again.

August 31, 2009 7:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Noone cares.

August 31, 2009 8:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I first heard about the two dying firefighters on KABC's McIntyre in the Morning.. such a TRAGEDY! I think their doing a good job covering the fire - I do think Mayor V, needs to show face.. he ''represents'' LA after all.

September 01, 2009 9:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

First of all the Firefighters who tragically died are LA County Fire Fighters. Mayor V has nothing to do with the fire. The Fire Started in LA County and barely reached the outskirts of LA City. No one is using the tragic deaths of the Firefighters for political purposes.

September 03, 2009 11:54 PM  

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