When You Need It They Are There

I run a very low powered radio station out of my basement. Sounds cool, right? Well, it is until you need broadcast equipment maintenance. My dream was always to work in radio, which is sort of an anachronism in this day and age of the internet and digital communications. There are people who make a lot of money in radio, but there are very few. It really is sort of an antique broadcast form when you think about it. I expect that it will largely disappear in the next twenty years or so. There will still be people talking into a microphone, but it’s all going to be digital and very overproduced.

I still do it the old fashioned way, with a transmitter and antenna and microphone. I run a very low powered station that doesn’t require a broadcast license. What I do is sort of an NPR type thing where I focus on local issues that the big media refuse to cover. It’s all talk and interviews. You won’t find music on my station. Everything was going well until a piece of audio equipment I rely upon suddenly went on the fritz. We were off the air for about day when I decided I absolutely needed to find someone to fix the problem or I would likely lose all of my listeners (I actually have quite a few).

As the emails poured in asking where the station was, I looked online for a company that could fix my gear. I found a great company who came right out and looked at the problem. I worried they wouldn’t know anything about radio, but they did and figured out what the problem was very quickly. I went from thinking I was ruined to going back on the air very quickly after they did their magic!

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