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Re: Puerto Rico radio stations
To: CRTech <crtech@crtech.org>, Dalan Decker <programming@therockradio.org>
Subject: Re: Puerto Rico radio stations
From: dave allen <crtech-mail@reyware.us>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:57:27 -0600
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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 together. - they expect electricity by dec 15 (good grief) and a politician speaking, so don't even believe it.

su servidor,
dave allen

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. https://www.elnuevodia.com/entretenimiento/cultura/nota/millonariaslasperdidasenlaindustriaradial-2367567/.

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 storm surge.

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?

*Jim McDermott
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


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