Friday, 10 July 2020

KPFZ off air temporarily due to technical difficulties

Note: This story has been updated - KPFZ is online

LAKEPORT, Calif. – Lake County Community Radio KPFZ 88.1 went offline for unknown reasons Wednesday, and the station’s manager identified the problems and got the station back on the air at approximately 3:30. Earlier in the day the issue was believed to be related to the transmitter site on Buckingham peak but it was later found to be a localized issue that has been resolved.

The station went off the air at around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Station Manager Andy Weiss said later in the afternoon that an estimated time for resuming broadcasts was unknown.

Weiss also reported that the transmitter is not believed to be at issue. “We don't know what it is, it's up on the mountain," he said, referring to the transmitter location on Buckingham Peak on top of Mt. Konocti.

Weiss said the station was still fact finding. “I think it's pretty serious."

He said station's technical support may be able to resolve the issue remotely and is hopeful that the station will be back online promptly.

Weiss speculated that it might be a major piece of equipment that "had run its course.”

Unsure of how long it might take to repair, he said he was canceling Thursday's programming.

"I've never had to do this before, so that's how serious it is,” he said.

Despite regular fundraisers the station does not have extra money or equipment to address the situation.

“Inevitably this was going to happen,” Weiss said.

He hopes to have the station restored quickly. “This is an important asset to the community."

A wide variety of programs will be affected should the station remain offline for a prolonged period.

Buck Bouker, who produces the Thursday show “Senior Moments,” said he was disappointed his show would not be on the air tomorrow night.

Other live programs scheduled for Thursday broadcast include:

7 a.m.: The Bluegrass Traveler/Hitchhiker – Don Coffin or Buck Bouker
9 a.m.: Women’s Voices – Lenny Mathews, Rae Eby-Carl, Loretta Macarthy and Kay Vohren
10 a.m.: Gorilla Radio – Conrad RadicalJusticeMan
11 a.m.: Esoterica – Linda Schreiber and Deon Pollett
2 p.m.: New Dimensions – Michael and Justine Toms
3 p.m.: Easy Rollin’ – Tim Hoff
7 p.m.: Lost Treasures – Pop
9 p.m.: Karma Cola – Andy Weiss.

Lake County Community Radio has been broadcasting since 1996. It began originally as pirate radio and low power FM station before transitioning to a full-power license in April 2008.

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