wow. let me translate some bits of the article...
- losses are in instrastructure and income, over $20M
- the 46% of stns on the air are on diesel generators, costing more than
twice the regular electricity.
- RADIO GETS THERE FIRST. slogan from the 80s when radio was competing
with TV, but all the more true now. "the radio stations are the beacons
of communication and information for the region. Is where i work open?
where are the medical facilities? there is no internet or phones, so
knowing these things gives peace (lit. tranquility). the radio stations
transformed themselves into sources of light, of caring, of working
- they expect electricity by dec 15 (good grief) and a politician
speaking, so don't even believe it.
On 10/24/2017 9:36 AM, Dalan Decker wrote:
A little late to this discussion . . .
According to the Vice President of the Puerto Rico Association of
Broadcasters, 54% of the 142 licensed radio stations are off the air
indefinitely. Indefinitely does not necessarily mean permanently or
even that they were severely damaged, but that they are not on the air
at the moment. All the rest are on with generators. One of our major
challenges is the instability of the electrical grid. Even when the
power is restored, it doesn't stay on. It comes and goes rather
violently. At our facilities in San Juan, one of our buildings gets
power on and off and the other one has only gotten power a time or
two. Communications are still a huge issue as well. If you read
Spanish, this article is a pretty good examination of the radio
situation here as of 4 days ago.
In our case, we have managed to get WBMJ back up with limited
programming on generator. WCGB and WIVV are not operable at this
point. WIVV lost its tower, and WCGB was severely flooded with the
Things will become clearer as power is restored.
On 9/28/2017 4:22 PM, Jim McDermott wrote:
Any updates on the stations represented here on the CR Tech list? Did
any of them get back on the air?
President, Lake Area Educ Broadcasting
Spirit FM Radio & The Pulse Channel*
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
www.spiritfm.org -- www.pulsechannel.org
*Dalan E. Decker, Programming Director*
*The Rock Radio Network*
WBMJ (AM-1190) San Juan Metro
WIVV (AM-1370) Vieques / Virgin Islands
WCGB (AM-1060) Juana Díaz / Ponce