We are off the air!

A phone conversation that occurred one Saturday morning:

DJ: (answers hotline) Hello?

Myself:  This is Paul from Radio Engineering Services, you called the answering service and said you are off the air?

DJ: Yes!  The red bat light is flashing and everything!

Myself: Okay, did you try to put the backup transmitter on?

DJ: No.  I didn’t want to mess anything up.

Myself:  You are off the air; I don’t know how things can be more messed up than that

DJ: (laughing) Okay, you’re right.

Myself: Do you have the directions for the backup transmitter?

DJ: Yes, they are right here

Myself: Okay, go ahead an do that, I will call the local engineer and see if I can get him out to the transmitter site, then I will call you back.

DJ: Okay, thanks.

The good news is the backup transmitter came on and they were back on the air.  It is also nice to know that the station has a live DJ on Saturday morning at 7:00 am, many do not.  The main transmitter power outage was likely due to a utility company transient, the area had suffered an ice storm the day before and they were out restoring power that morning.

At least this was a real emergency, I used to get calls at home that the headphone jack on the console was loose.  I took the home phone number down after that.

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