At the public television studio where I work, sometimes we have to call for commercial broadcast equipment repairs. The station runs for most of the day and provides public access programming. We also let anyone broadcast on the channel if they are willing to pay the cost. Recently, a piece of equipment that was crucial to broadcasting stopped working, and the channel had to go off the air for a few hours. This upset a lot of people who paid for those hours of broadcast time. Even though it’s public television, it still has quite an audience that watches regularly.
Normally when something goes wrong, we try to fix it ourselves, but the technicians here can’t fix everything. When things are too much for the technicians to handle, we turn over the task to the repair company. They have some tools that we don’t have to fix the problems. Continue reading