Site of the Week 8/15/2014: San Diego, 2012

Up on Mount Soledad

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH We do indeed play favorites here at this column: I gladly confess that San Diego is one of my favorite cities anywhere. It’s not just the perpetually perfect weather – it’s also the friendly broadcast community, where there’s always something new to see every time I’m in town. 2012 […]

Site of the Week 8/8/2014: KBRT’s New Orange County Site (plus a bonus)

The new towers

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH This week’s installment marks another in an ongoing series from our “Things that Won’t Be There Much Longer” tour of 2012. If you’ve been following along, you know that there were three things we were determined to see before 2013 began: the old KXAS-TV studios in Fort Worth, Texas, […]

Site of the Week 3/14/2014: Broadcast Peak, Santa Barbara

Another view of the KEYT cluster

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH One of the reasons Tower Site of the Week tries to spend as much time as we can out west is that the western half of the country has something we here in the east are sadly lacking: some serious mountaintop elevation for TV and FM signals. This week’s […]

Site of the Week 3/7/2014: Santa Barbara, 2012

KSPE 1490 and KZSB 1290

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH As valuable as the land has become under many AM transmitter sites around the country, there aren’t many spots where the land is so valuable that it makes economic sense to go to the difficulty and expense of combining three AM signals into a single antenna system. There’s the […]

Site of the Week 2/28/2014: Up to Gibraltar Peak, Santa Barbara

Foggy STL shot

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH This week’s Tower Site of the Week features two latecomers: one of the nation’s newest public radio operations and one of the last major mountaintop sites to be developed for broadcast use, all along the scenic central California coast. We start with the public radio station: KCLU-FM (88.3 Thousand […]

Site of the Week 2/21/2014: Ventura, California, 2012

KHAY, from the Gold Coast site

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH “Ventura Highway, in the suuuuuuun-shiiiine….” – America, 1972 OK, if you want to get technical about it, that big early-seventies AM radio hit was actually about a southbound drive down US 101 from Lompoc, not the route we were taking heading north from Los Angeles on a sunny April […]

Site of the Week 2/14/2014: Last Days of NBC Burbank

Logos outside Studio 1

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH “From beautiful downtown Burbank…” For two generations of TV viewers, “Burbank” was shorthand for more than just a white-bread city in the San Fernando Valley. It’s meant the studio lot at the corner of Olive and Alameda Avenues, home to NBC’s West Coast operations from 1955 until just a […]

Site of the Week 2/7/2014: Mt. San Miguel (and more), San Diego

Mount Miguel, from below

Text and photos by SCOTT FYBUSH For any given broadcast market you can think of out west, there’s a mountaintop or two where the TV and FM broadcasters have congregated. A few weeks ago in this space, we took yet another drive up Mount Wilson near Los Angeles – but on that trip in April […]