In August 1980 I was in my second year of TV engineering at KTVZ Bend when my boss Jess Ortega and I were to be on a live, local call-in TV show at 7pm at the station, talking about TV reception. About 30 minutes before air time, the transmitter dumped. As in—we were off-the-air. We jumped into the truck dressed in our suits, drove to the transmitter site, and were able to immediately put it back on-the-air because it had cooled during our drive. The show was re-scheduled for the next evening. Continue reading Making Waves Editorial: To Chill or Not to Chill
IT Manager Andrew Moore is widening his responsibilities again as he takes the Assistant Chief Engineer KGTV, the San Diego ABC affiliate. Andrew had moved from sister station KERO Bakersfield as Maintenance Engineer in 2011, but was promoted to IT Manager in 2014. He reports to Director of Engineering Bob Vaillancourt.
John Gangitano recently returned to KFMB Stations as Broadcast Engineer.
He had specialized in IT services during his stay from 2006 to 2008 and left to join L-3 Communications during the recession. He has over 16 years of widely varied IT and broadcast experience in San Diego, and has an MA in Educational Technology and BS in Business Administration from SDSU.
Scottie Rice will take the Chief Engineer job at City College’s KSDS and Radio, Television, and Film Department August 1st, 2016, the position left vacant after Larry Quick’s recent arrest on theft charges. Scottie has served as staff broadcast engineer at KFMB Stations since 2011, but also working part-time as engineer at KSDS. Since filling in, Scottie has made a noticeable improvement in audio processing at KSDS.
Before his stint at KFMB, he had worked for two years at Clear Channel with John Rigg, and at KHOU-TV in Houston.
Larry Quick is serving a probation term for theft of City College property.
Gary Stigall is Scottie’s supervisor at KFMB and wishes Scottie great success at KSDS.
On July 22nd, 2016, SBE Chapter 36 toured the new KNSD/Comcast NBC plant on Granite Ridge Drive in San Diego.
They showed off:
- Ross automation assist production room with extensive multiviewers,
- A news studio with Ross robotics,
- Spacious server room with computer flooring and hot and cold aisle HVAC
- Big maintenance shop with conference room outfitted with multiviewers
- Newsroom with assignment desk in the round
All sales, news, and administrative personnel operated in shared space divided by cubicles with acoustic ceilings and shared offices available for private phone calls.
Many thanks to KNSD Director of Technology and Operations Dave MacKinnon for setting this up for us, and to Ross for lunch pizza. We had such great response, the group was divided into two dates.
The FCC has issued a $12,000 monetary forfeiture and short-term renewal for Station KURS(AM), 1040 kHz, San Diego for failure to prepare issues and program’s lists in the Station’s public file and to file biennial ownership reports. The station is owned by Quetzal Bilingual Communications, associated with Jaime Bonilla Valdez of Chula Vista.
The same station was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for violating output power limits in June 1999.
Bonilla’s group Media Sports de Mexico owns stations XHPRS Tecate (operated by Broadcasting Corporation of America as Max 105.7), XEPE 1700 kHz (also operated by BCA), XESDD 1030 kHz Tijuana, and XESS 620 kHz Rosarito, Mexico.
- Will there be replacement spectrum for our wireless microphones?
- How soon will we have to change channels again?
- Will broadcasters and other users be reimbursed?
- Can we use Part 74 spectrum for wireless mics and IFB?
Kelly Fair of Lectrosonics will discuss wireless microphone and IFB spectrum at a Chapter 36 SBE meeting 12 noon on June 15, 2016 at KFMB Stations, 7677 Engineer Road, San Diego. Kelly will provide a lunch in the station deli, then move on to Studio A for the presentation. SBE members and guests are welcome.
About Kelly Fair
Kelly has been in technical broadcast audio sales for 27 years, representing Sennheiser, Riedel, Wohler, and most lately, Lectrosonics. Kelly lives, and occasionally beats a set of drums, in Los Angeles.
FCC agents in San Diego issued Jason Pistiolas a Notice of Unlicensed Operation for an alleged illegal FM operation at his home in Mira Mesa on May 12, 2016. “Mira Mesa Radio 87.9” has a Facebook page with photos, though the last entry was in December 2015. The station claimed 20 watts output power in a blog post made in January 2015.
In much of San Diego County, your cable service provider is soon to be renamed. Charter Communications, who took over Time Warner Cable and Bright House Communications on May 18, is rebranding the combined company “Spectrum.” Support phone numbers are remaining the same as for Time Warner for the time being, but Charter is claiming their support staff is being brought back to the US from overseas, so presumably they will centralize. If you receive commercial fiber service from the old Time Warner system (TW Telecom), that part of the business was sold to Level 3 Communications in December 2014.
By now, you’ve likely heard about the audio-over-IP protocol called Dante. It’s low-latency so that you can use it with live audio, and can pass through most data switches. Many of the largest broadcast suppliers have adopted it. RTS, the intercom company that has been around since the 1970s, will come to town and explain why their latest generation of products is knee-deep into Dante.
They can answer a few questions you might have:
- What data rates are used?
- What is the packet structure?
- Does it play well in my network?
- How many audio channels can fit at a time?
- What is its latency? Will my air staff hear an echo?
- When should I favor analog audio, if at all?
- Are there phone apps that work with intercom systems now?
Jeff Shorsher of RTS/Telex will sort out these topics and more in a meeting Wednesday, May 18 at 12 noon at KFMB Stations, 7677 Engineer Road in Kearny Mesa. Join us for a lunch provided by RTS, then a general meeting and presentation. Members and guests are all welcome.
About the Presenters
Jeff Shorsher is new to RTS, but has a long history in broadcast engineering, most recently as sales representative for Commscope. He worked as engineer at KTTY (now Fox 5), Paramount Pictures, and National Mobile Television. He has math and computer science degrees from UCSD and broadcast engineering training from Palomar College.
Calvin Ogawa has served as Field Support Engineer for RTS since 2011, but has served many broadcast engineering roles in southern California, including those for Fox Sports West, ABC Network News, Paramount Studios, KCET-TV, and NPR.
The FCC in mid-April announced it had issued a $12,000 monetary forfeiture and short-term renewal for KURS(AM) 1040 kHz, San Diego, CA for failure to retain issues and program’s lists in the Station’s public file and to file biennial ownership reports. Quetzal Bilingual Communications, Inc. owns the station, which shares the self-supporting tower along I-5 near its junction with CA-15.
NBC Universal O&O KNSD (TV) created its first newscast from new digs at 9680 Granite Ridge Road last night. Director of Technology David MacKinnon said the move to the 52,000 square foot, two-story building, has gone smoothly.
Systems integration was done by Technical Innovation Broadcast Systems Group (TI BSG) of Norcross, Georgia, led by Project Manager Brian Kincheloe. The company also built NBC Universal master control hub facilities. Continue reading KNSD Moves to Granite Ridge