Ex-KFMB Engineer Bob Crotinger, 88, Passes

(Submitted by Jon Crick, ex-son-in-law and KFMB veteran.)

Retired KFMB engineer Bob Crotinger passed away at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona September 16, 2013 at the age of 88.

Born on a farm in Oskaloosa, Iowa on April 7, 1925, Bob was the only child of Harold (Buck) and Marguerite Crotinger.

Bob’s passion in life was electronics in general, and radio/TV broadcasting in particular. He took his first job in 1943 working for KANS radio in Wichita, Kansas, where he met his wife, Pearla Godinez. They moved to Dayton Ohio in 1948 where Bob helped build one of the country’s first television stations, WHIO-TV.

Bob Crotinger, former KFMB engineer
Bob Crotinger, former KFMB engineer

Suffering from pollen-induced asthma, he was compelled to escape to the ocean breezes of San Diego in 1956 and took a position with KFMB-AM/FM/TV, which he held for the next 25 years. After a short stint of retirement in Prescott, Arizona, he returned to San Diego and worked for the San Diego County Communications Department for 10 years, finally retiring for good in 1992.

A life-long ham radio operator, K6PC delighted in talking with other hams around the globe. To make things interesting, he would pack up his gear and set up in ghost towns in the desert, sending out QSL cards from these towns to those lucky individuals he “worked” from these very unusual locations.

Bob returned to Prescott for a time, but eventually moved to Tucson where he established his KBOB low-power FM station, broadcasting from his house entertaining old-time radio style programs to the whole neighborhood. The announcer was, of course, none other than “Dirty Bob”.

Bob is survived by his only child, Florence Crotinger Meeds, and his two grandchildren Ian Crick and Trevor Crick.

A memorial service will be held for him October 13th in San Diego. For updated information on the San Diego service, inquire at crottymemorial@san.rr.com or visit his memorial Facebook page.

September 18 Meeting – The Vision in Entravision

The progression of large scale integration has made it possible for minority broadcasters to find audiences while making their on-air product barely distinguishable from what the traditional “big four” network affiliates put out. Entravision has taken advantage of this trend better than just about anyone–their local outlet programs six streams with some in HD to seven transmitters in the US and Mexico.

Management at Entravision invites SBE Chapter 36 for a complete tour and lunch at their Kearny Mesa facility. How do they handle so many signals in a cost-effective way and how do they distribute their signals?

Please join us September 18 at 12 PM at 5770 Ruffin Road, between state highway 52 and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. Take the Kearny Villa Road exit from SR-52 and drive one block straight south.

Because space is limited, reservations are required. If you would like to join us, send a message to RSVP@sbe36.org.

XETV US Chief Leaves for Sneaker Net

Paul Redfield resigned his position as Director of Technology at XETV Channel 6’s US operations center in August. Next week, he begins a new career as Senior Systems Administrator at the corporate headquarters for Road Runner Sports in Kearny Mesa.

Paul was a news photographer at XETV Fox 6 until 2005, when he moved to IT management. He was instrumental in the station’s upgrading to a binational data fiber link and HD commercial and syndication playout. He took over as Director of Technology in 2010 and moved the station to HD studio news origination.

As of this writing, the station was advertising for a replacement, but Mark Goodman is currently acting as department manager.

August 21 Meeting – White Space Voodoo

Karl Voss knows “white space.” He’s not only a recognized engineer from PBS affiliate KAET in Phoenix, but a busy technical advisor to the NFL Game Day Coordination team. Recently, he filled in as presenter for a no-show at a Phoenix chapter meeting and did so well, we’ve ask him to give us an encore in San Diego.

We’ll learn about the new FCC rules regarding wireless microphone devices that use UHF TV channels. The smart ones supposedly know if a channel is occupied by looking it up in a database. Cool. How does that work? And how does it in fact work on the border with Mexico?

Join us Wednesday, August 21, at noon at Clear Channel Communications, 9660 Granite Ridge Drive, off Aero Drive at I-15. Doug Tharp of SCMS is sponsoring lunch and will have some wireless microphone products to look over. Members and guests welcome. Expect the meeting to last till 1:30 PM.

Translator Apps Finally Get the Nod

The FCC this week issued a Public Notice announcing that they had cleared a large number of proposed translator applications filed in 2003 for construction permit filing. The hold-up was apparently due to processing of associated Auction 83 processing, which has been completed. Included in those filings were a number of San Diego County apps:

City Location MHz Watts Pri Sta Licensee File Number
Carlsbad Deer Springs 104.9 200 KPRZ Gold Coast 20030317MUE
Fallbrook Red Mtn 106.7 1 KSDW Penfold Comm 20030311ARX
Oceanside Benet Hill 96.1 5 KWVE-FM Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa 20030314AVT
San Diego I-805 at I-8 106.9 10 KSDW Penfold Comm 20030311ARS
San Marcos Hwy 78 @ Barham Dr 104.5 50 KGB Clear Channel 20030317AQW
San Marcos San Elijo Hills 107.9 41 KHTS Clear Channel 20030314BOV
Spring Valley Sweetwater Village 94.3 13 KMYI Educational Media Foundation 20030317LML
West San Diego 925 Loring St. 92.9 55 KLVJ Educational Media Foundation 20030314ABW

Interesting applications by Educational Media Foundation have them rebroadcasting adjacent channel Clear Channel station KMYI from Sweetwater Village, and locating a translator on a residential street in Pacific Beach.

Applicants have until August 30th to file.

Society of Broadcast Engineers, San Diego