Equipment failure interrupts public radio broadcasts

Tuesday, Feb 02, 2016

As of about 12:30 p.m. Monday, Boise State Public Radio is back on the air in the Wood River Valley. The station had been unable to broadcast in Blaine County for the past week due to an equipment failure.

Last Tuesday, the station started experiencing trouble with a leased data line that feeds into a transmitter near the top of Bald Mountain, interim General Manager Peter Morrill said Monday.

The station airs National Public Radio programming on KBSS 91.1 FM, and the broadcasts were “spotty” at best for much of last week, Morrill said.

A technician attempted a temporary fix Friday, which restored some of the service but with a scratchy sound.

Morrill said the station’s vendor had a technician working on the line Monday. The line connects to the transmitter, which is on Seattle Ridge. Morrill said the transmitter is broadcasting fine, but the data line provides the audio feed.

He said he hopes the work Monday is able to fully repair the problem, but cautioned that it may require more time.

He said Boise State Public Radio will be working to find back-up plans in the case of a future data line failure.

“The last week doesn’t meet our listeners’ expectations,” Morrill said. “We’re going to work very hard to make this not happen again in the future.”

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