Los Angeles FMs Endangered By Fire
August 30, 2009 at 10:22 PM (PT)
The antenna site for most of LOS ANGELES' FM and TV stations was facing an assault by the flames of the Station Fire racing through the ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST SUNDAY evening. Flame-retardant chemicals were spread on MOUNT WILSON, where towers for most of the broadcast TV and FM stations in the market are located, late SUNDAY as flames approached the area.
Crews were clearing brush around the transmitter facilities and the MOUNT WILSON OBSERVATORY all weekend, but the crews were pulled out of the area in late afternoon as the flames neared the antenna farm. Two firefighters lost their lives SUNDAY when their vehicle fell over a cliff while they battled the flames in the area.
While most of the area's TV stations have direct links to cable and satellite distribution to continue to serve subscribers in the region, the FM stations would mostly be forced to go off the air unless they have auxiliary facilities at other locations; some stations have auxiliary transmission facilities at FLINT PEAK, the former KLSX site, or at the KYSR site in the HOLLYWOOD HILLS.
Among the stations located at the MOUNT WILSON facility are CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC KHHT (HOT 92.3), AC KOST, Hot AC KBIG (MY 104.3 FM), and Top 40 KIIS; CBS RADIO Top 40 KAMP (AMP 97.1), Oldies KRTH (K-EARTH 101), Adult Hits KCBS-F (93.1 JACK FM), and Smooth Jazz KTWV (94.7 THE WAVE); BONNEVILLE AAA KSWD-F (THE SOUND); UNIVISION Spanish AC KLVE and Regional Mexican KSCA (LA NUEVA 101.9); EMMIS Top 40/Rhythmic KPWR (POWER 106); PACIFICA noncommercial KPFK; PASADENA CITY COLLEGE/SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO noncommercial KPCC; EMMIS/GLR Regional Mexican KXOS (EXITOS 93.9); MOUNT WILSON FM BROACASTERS Country KKGO (GO COUNTRY 105.1); SALEM Religion KKLA; and CITADEL Classic Rock KLOS.
At 8:30p, fire dept.sources have told CRIME BEAT NEWS reporter BARBARA REILLEY that the fire is within 1/2 mile of MT. WILSON. By 10p, the fire department constructed barricades at the base of MT. WILSON to create a barrier between the fire and the antennae.