BCA Closes its Doors

Broadcast Company of the Americas, operators of XEPRS-AM 1090, XHPRS-FM 105.7 “The Max”, and XEPE-AM 1700 have formally shutdown their San Diego studio operations. Employees were told they needed to have their desks cleared, and all on-air and online broadcasts stopped.

CEO Jay Meyers told the San Diego Union-Tribune that “BCA was unable to come to an agreement the Mexican [station licensees] to continue broadcast operations. The company has been operating under lease deals that are not viable in the conditions that currently exist in the radio business, and attempts to find a suitable solution to fit today’s economics ended without success. BCA has suffered through years of losses and is no longer able to continue to do so. Because the company leases its broadcast signals rather than owning them, a reorganization such as the ones done recently by iHeart and Cumulus was not an option.

“It has been our pleasure to serve the San Diego listening community over the years on our three broadcast signals.”

Dean Imhof had been providing technical maintenance services for BCA. He continues working for Turning Point Ministry.

The closure of XEPRS-AM 1090 was just the latest in a series of withdrawals of the use of Mexican licenses to broadcast English-language programming targeted to USA audiences. XETV quit broadcasting CW network programs in May 2017. XHDTV discontinued broadcasting Fox’s MyNetworkTV in September 2018. Licensee Jaime Bonilla cut off XHPRS-FM 105.7 and XEPE-AM 1700 in February 2019 after lease negotiations with BCA broke down.

Local Media San Diego LLC continues to operate XHITZ “Z90.3,” XETRA-FM “91X,” and XHRM-FM “Magic 92.5.” as English-language, USA music outlets.

Mt. Woodson Access Road Closed – May 2019

Mt. Woodson communications site access road washout from recent rains.
Photo by Mike Curran.

Mike Curran reports “I received a call from Jon Cook from Palomar Communications. He has received notification from the City of San Diego that the washed out road conditions on the road up to Mt. Woodson would be undergoing repair work starting on May 13th, and will last for approximately one week. These repairs will cause the road to be closed to all vehicular traffic. Accommodations for emergency engineering personnel to make repairs up on the mountain will be made by allowing us to park at the bottom of the hill and then be shuttled by golf cart up to the construction site, then the engineering staff will have to hand carry their tools over the construction site to another awaiting vehicle and be ferried up to the top of the hill to perform their duties. So the only thing you can get up to the mountaintop is what you can carry by hand.”

Regional Transmitter Site Copper Theft Continues

From the Southern California Broadcasters Association:

Two LA-based SCBA members have been robbed of all copper and copper connectors at their transmitter sites. Both crimes occurred within the past 30 days This was not the work of kids as all they were after was the copper, and knew to cut the video security cables.

L.A. police are not making this damage to a public service resource a priority, so we must.

If you have been robbed as well, please let us know ASAP.

If this is a ring targeting SoCal Radio station transmitter sites, none of our member sites are safe. If they are a ring, we want to escalate this crime to the FBI and the Mayor’s office. Having a number of break-ins makes our case for federal inspection, protection, and prosecution stronger.

May 15 Chapter Meeting – AM Audio Processing & Visual Radio

BSW Director of Business Development John Lynch will feature two products for display and demonstration. The first is the new AM Processor from Orban, six years in development. The XPN-AM-ND is an entirely new concept from the legendary Bob Orban. Longtime broadcast engineer and Vice President of Orban Labs, Mike Pappas, will make the presentation.

Participating via SKYPE will be Alex Bonello, also a veteran broadcast engineer and President of INSOFT LLC. His company created the BSW exclusive Visual Radio System known as HDV-Mixer.

Join us Wednesday, May 15th at 12 noon at iHeartMedia, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive in San Diego. Lunch will be provided by BSW. You’re always welcome whether a member or not.

No Chapter Meeting in April— See you at the NAB Show!

If you find yourself at the NAB Show in Las Vegas this year, make yourself an appointment to join us at the SBE national meeting, Tuesday, April 9 at 5:00 PM in Room N234, upstairs in the North Hall. These meetings move fast, and there are nice door prizes given at the end of the hour. A Membership Reception starts immediately thereafter and across the hall. This is a great opportunity to network with industry leaders and fellow engineers.

Yours truly will receive an award at the national meeting for having served for ten years as the Chapter 36 Certification Chair.

Also consider stopping by the SBE booth, LN4, meet your officers and administrators; buy a T-shirt, book, or cap; and enter the daily drawings for a giveaway prize.

On Saturday, April 6, just a few blocks away at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel, the SBE is presenting a full-day tutorial on ATSC 3.0 organized by SBE Fellow Fred Baumgartner. Fred, past manager at Qualcomm MediaFLO, is now director of the Next Gen Broadcast Implementation at One Media – Sinclair Broadcast. This comprehensive, all-day learning opportunity is open to all and costs $95 for SBE members and PBS member station employees and includes lunch. Register here.

Society of Broadcast Engineers, San Diego