One thing all radio stations need is a backup plan. If the transmitter sending their signal fails, the product isn’t heard. Such a failure is bad for ratings and advertising.
That’s one of the reasons why management at AM1680 The Answer decided to spend the $50,000 needed to put in a new transmitter. The station’s previous transmitter was only 15 years old and still performing, but not in peak condition.
The new transmitter not only allows the station’s signal to be modulated higher, but there is now a backup should something happen.
“Older transmitters tend to need more maintenance, and that is expensive,” says Skip Essick, managing partner of AM1680. “The new transmitter has made a huge difference with our signal because we can run the modulation up to within the limits the FCC sets.”
The station, located in Fowler, is licensed to broadcast at 10,000 watts. The new transmitter is not more powerful, but, because the transmitter is running at peak levels, the station’s signal comes across stronger.
Essick says the decision to buy a new transmitter at this time has nothing to do with the heated political races. It was just economically feasible to make the purchase now.
Real world drama
Things are going great for Fresno-born Bridgette Dunning on the CBS reality competition show “Big Brother.” The traveling nurse won the tennis-themed “Kiss My Ace” battle to become the season’s third head of household and that put her in a good place at the time of this writing.
The winner of “Big Brother” takes home $500,000.
“Big Brother” airs 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays and at 9 p.m. Thursdays on CBS47.
Fresno native Gabe Hurtado is in the running for a bigger paycheck. The local shoe salesman has made it through qualifying rounds of the seventh season of “American Ninja Warrior” and will be competing in Las Vegas. The winner takes home $1 million and the title “American Ninja Warrior.”
Hurtado’s appearance in the NBC competition series comes at a time when he and his family have been struggling. Recently, they lost almost everything they own in an apartment fire.
“American Ninja Warrior” is broadcast at 8 p.m. Mondays on KSEE24.
In the running
Nominations for the “2016 Primetime Emmy Awards” were announced last week, and the list included Fresno’s Audra McDonald in the best actress in a limited series of television movie category. She got the nod for her performance in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” that showed on HBO.
It will be a tough battle for McDonald as she’s going against Kirsten Dunst (“Fargo”), Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”), Sarah Paulson (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”), Lili Taylor (“American Crime”) and Kerry Washington (“Confirmation”).
McDonald already has an Emmy for her work in 2015 on “Live From Lincoln Center.”
You might not have picked up on another local connection to the Emmys with the nomination of Cartoon Network’s “Powerpuff Girls” in the outstanding short-form animated program category. The voice of Blossom is provided by Clovis West graduate Amanda Leighton.
There’s one more nomination you might have missed. Gina Sansom, a 2003 Buchanan High School graduate, has picked up a nomination in the category of outstanding multi-camera picture editing for a comedy series. The work was done on the drama “Horace and Pete.”
It might sound weird that Sansom is in the running for an Emmy in the comedy series category, but there is no similar division for dramas. Her work was so good that the selection committee put her work on the drama in the comedy category.
Winners will be announced Sept. 10, 11 and 18.
Delaware’s Cape Gazette reports that Melvin John Kampmann has died at the age of 85. Among his many jobs was as a radio announcer at KFRE and late-night movie host in Fresno. He was here in the 1960s.