In the process of updating equipment and protocols, we’ve developed a WISHLIST.
Electric Wiring and Software for Main to Standby Transmitter-- $10k
To switch from the main transmitter to the backup one via remote control instead of having someone go to the Banner Mountain site. No more navigating downed lines to get KVMR back on air ever again.
New Batteries for Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) in our building-- $4k
These supply us with electricity as the generators fire up. They didn't always work for us last season and you have to restart all the computers & reconfigure systems. This caused us to be off air for 20 minutes or more. When there's no power and the radio goes dark too, it's scary.
Fire Safe Measures at Banner Mountain Transmitter Site-- $4k If the transmitter burns down, we are in big trouble. We cleared a bunch of vegetation a few months ago but it's an ongoing process, and more needs to be done to protect the structures.
Broadcast from Home Kits-- $2k 3 additional staff members should have these kits. It allows us to broadcast from anywhere if we aren't able to get to the station for some reason. Right now only Chief Engineer Buzz has one. News Producer Steve Baker, Content Director Sean Dooley Miller, and General Manager Ali Lightfoot should all have one too.