You may have noticed some technical issues in recent weeks, especially involving live music shows.
An upgrade to the on-air studio CD decks exposed a few “wear and tear” glitches with the KTAL Bravo Analog “mother board.”
The control console and its multi-channel mixer need maintenance after repeated daily use for the past three-plus years, according to General Manager Bruce Ernst.
The manufacturer performing the repairs is based in Europe, so the station is investing in a new, duplicate version of the console before shipping the existing unit.
“The in-studio control board is mission-critical to station operations, like the transmitter and the stream,” Bruce says. “Without the new equipment, KTAL would face programming adjustments or even interruptions.”
When the existing console comes back, KTAL will have two control boards, offering the key advantage of setting up a production studio that mirrors the on-air studio.
Member-listener Craig Charnov of Las Cruces has pledged to pay for half of the cost of the $3,000 board, and is working with the Board of Directors on securing matching donors for the new console and opening up other fundraising channels.
“Craig’s generosity is a statement on his commitment to community radio,” Bruce offers.
Craig is also conducting an outreach to locally-owned businesses to raise awareness and support of KTAL as a non-profit, community radio station.