Out Of The Fire And Into The ... Back Up Transmitter

August 31, 2009 (Los Angeles, CA) – With the Southland fires reaching Mt Wilson today, 89.3 KPCC-FM has made backup plans to switch to a transmitter on Lookout Mountain if necessary. The transition would happen almost immediately and with minimal to no interruption of service. The backup transmitter will operate at relatively low power and height, but is expected to cover a significant portion of the normal broadcast area in Los Angeles and Orange County. Broadcast on repeater stations 89.1 KUOR, in the Inland Empire, and 90.3 KPCV in the Coachella Valley will continue uninterrupted. Listeners can also tune in at kpcc.org for a live stream as well as blog posts and field reports. They can also download the free KPCC iPhone App., and follow KPCC news on Facebook and Twitter.

The backup transmitter on Lookout Mountain was made possible through generous assistance from KUSC, part of the public radio family in Southern California. Engineers from both stations worked overnight to insure that local news and information will continue to reach Southland communities. In depth coverage of the fires will continue throughout the day on KPCC which will include reports from experts, listeners and coverage in the field. The number of journalists at the station will increase with reporters from KPBS in San Diego as well as from sister station KNOW in St. Paul, Minnesota. "SCPR's coverage of the Station fire has been outstanding," said SCPR President Bill Davis. "But we could not provide this coverage without critical assistance from our public radio colleagues. We appreciate the generous support from KUSC, KPBS and Minnesota Public Radio, and we intend to be there for them in their moment of need."

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR-FM in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KPCV in the Coachella Valley. Reaching more than a 500,000 listeners every week, SCPR is the most listened to public radio news service of any kind in Southern California and serves the diverse communities of Southern California with award winning local news coverage as well as the most NPR (National Public Radio) content available anywhere in the region. SCPR reaches a global audience with a free iPhone App as well as providing a forum to access news, join blogs, download podcasts, and hear a live web stream at www.scpr.org.

Source: July 2009 Data copyright Arbitron, Inc.

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