San Diego Under Fire: FM 94/9 Airs KPBS, CC Cluster Airs KOGO
October 23, 2007 at 1:42 PM (PT)
The ever-spreading wildfires that are flaring through the SAN DIEGO area has prompted area radio stations to work together or simulcast to keep their listeners informed of the ever-changing events.
Most recently, all of CLEAR CHANNEL's SAN DIEGO stations have begun simulcasting Talk KOGO-A/F around the clock until further notice.
Earlier, SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY NPR KPBS/SAN DIEGO lost its transmitter at about 5:30a TODAY when the HARRIS fire burned MT. SAN MIGUEL. KPBS -- with the largest radio news staff in SAN DIEGO -- has been broadcasting wall-to-wall news and information on the fires since early SUNDAY evening.
Since the loss of the broadcast signal for the SAN DIEGO community was devastating, LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA Alternative KBZT (FM 94/9) decided to pre-empt programming at 8:30a this morning and broadcast KPBS’ signal.
LINCOLN FINANCIAL MEDIA VP/GM DARREL GOODIN said, "Getting timely information to SAN DIEGO residents is our top priority at this time. Here at FM 94/9, we have the utmost respect for KPBS and the great job that they do with news and information”
Before handing over their airwaves to KPBS, FM 94/9 morning man TOMMY HOUGH stated: "These are extraordinary times and this is an extraordinary situation. It’s in everyone’s best interest to hand over our airwaves to KPBS."
KPBS PD JOHN DECKER said, "This is a perfect example of how during times of crisis, the community can join together for the greater good. We’re grateful that our friends at FM 94/9 have given us the opportunity to continue to inform the SAN DIEGO community with our public service."