Getting Back on the Air

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. For the most recent problem, they had to do some replacement of internal components to get the equipment working again. Once the repairs were done, the device was functioning again, and the channel was back on the air to resume it’s regularly scheduled programming.

To make up the hours that were lost, we had to adjust our programming per the request of the people who paid for those programming slots. Since it was our fault that their programs couldn’t be aired, we provided the broadcast at no additional charge. One of the programs that wasn’t aired due to the outage was a cooking show. Someone had come up with recipes that they wanted to share with the local community, and they felt that the show was the best way to go about it. Most people usually upload videos to video hosting sites and avoid television altogether, but it’s nice to see some people still using a more traditional broadcast media.

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