All posts by Gary Stigall

SBE 36 In-person Meet-up May 25

Thanks for taking a moment out with us this month.

San Diego Chapter 36 members met for an informal gathering Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 5:30 at McGregor’s Grill, 10475 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, near Friar’s Road and I-15. A good time was had by all.

Presentation May 10: Digital Signage for Broadcasters

Jeff Schick, a former broadcast engineer, will show you how and where digital signage can add value, both monetary and communicative, to your facility. He’ll identify where it would be the most helpful and reveal best practices. He’ll review digital signage from the most simple to the most complex and demonstrate how to make a basic digital sign for free.

Join Chapter 47 Los Angeles online Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:30. Register for the Zoom event here


Jeff Schick is the Chief Technology Officer for Sprite Media and a former radio engineer who worked at IHeart Media, Westwood One and Emmis Communications in New York City. Sprite Media launched in January 2015 with the primary focus of introducing digital signage to the world of radio. Sprite Media offers innovative products and technology available at

Get Text Messages on Wildfire Incidents Near Your Home or Technical Facilities

Cal Fire has started a website,, for its new Community Wildfire and Mitigation Division to help increase community readiness. Besides educational material, the site has a tool that will send you a text message in the event of a local wildfire. At this point, the tool is based on your zip code, so not very granular. It could send nuisance notifications regarding fires far away. But you can try it out for this fire season and see if you like being warned of possible fire threats to your home or the broadcast transmission facilities you oversee.

Thanks to Bob Gonsett for the news tip.

FCC OKs 101.1 MHz FM Translator CP for KECR (AM) El Cajon

In a convoluted ruling, the FCC on April 19, 2022 issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order granting Family Stations its construction permit to build out K266CO from atop Mt. San Miguel on 101.1 MHz (channel 266), co-channel with KVIB-LP at Balboa Park and KRTH Los Angeles, a grandfathered, traditionally big signal in San Diego.

KVIB owner Positive Hope had objected on grounds that it had filed a mutually exclusive application to modify its low power signal. The FCC had dismissed that application on grounds that it violated separation requirements with respect to the pending translator application.

The complexity of the case was partly due to the timing of KRSA-LP’s failure to build out facilities in El Cajon on 101.1.

RadioWorld’s Susan Ashworth wrote a more detailed summary of the case.