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Why is NPR at 107.3 FM off the air?

 
vicanuck
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Has anyone else noticed that NPR is dead air the past few days? Maybe my car radio is blocking it out? Any thoughts on this?

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Topic starter Posted : March 21, 2012 11:56 am
STXBob
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The local NPR station seems to have lots of technical problems, although today is the first day in a few weeks that I've heard this much dead air. It's been dead since at least 7:50am.

My favorite is when they suddenly broadcast the Windows XP shutdown chime, then a few minutes of dead air, then the Windows XP startup chime, and then back to the regular programming.

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Posted : March 21, 2012 1:14 pm
STXBob
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NPR just booted up! I forgot about the two "pop" sounds that also occur after the Windows XP startup chime

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Posted : March 21, 2012 1:20 pm
vicanuck
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Maybe WAPA shut the power off on their transmitter....must be hard to pay the bills when you dont have a lot of ad money coming in.

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Topic starter Posted : March 22, 2012 12:05 pm
pt
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Listening to NPR programming on St. Croix was always a bizarre experience. Concerns of state-side media seemed so far away as to be incomprehensible. Too much frenzy about events trivial to Caribbeans and US East coast, for that matter ... BBC news in English for the BVI more in keeping with the region, I think.

PT

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Posted : March 22, 2012 1:02 pm
STXBob
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Maybe WAPA shut the power off on their transmitter....must be hard to pay the bills when you dont have a lot of ad money coming in.

No, when NPR is down, they usually broadcast silence (like yesterday morning), which requires a transmitter with power. If there is static on their frequency, they're not broadcasting anything. When I suddenly hear static, I assume it's a power outage.

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Posted : March 22, 2012 1:37 pm
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