Over 1,700 firefighters, National Guard and volunteers have been working around the clock saving structures and lives while trying to contain the most destructive blaze in Colorado history. One of the victims, NRC Broadcasting’s KJAC-FM Jack-FM Denver, has been off the air since 6/11 when the fire took out connectivity to their transmitter site near Bellvue, CO, in the middle of the fire zone west of Fort Collins. The connectivity lost includes T1 lines and electricity to the site with no idea when either will be restored.
That’s where Clear Channel Satellite came through, providing an emergency STL link via the CCS uplink located in Englewood, CO. With the new satellite uplink equipment and a generator, Jack-FM 105.5 is now back on the air. Clear Channel Satellite provided a new, state-of-the-art, expandable satellite audio platform, “XtremeSat Media,” available exclusively in the U.S. and worldwide through CCS. XtremeSat Media is designed as an advanced replacement for outdated audio systems in the broadcast industry. The XtremeSat Media Content Receivers (MCR) have advanced features including the ability to easily expand from SCPC to MCPC; delayed broadcast of satellite programs with cues; regionalized spot insertion; macro/playlist files, content and commercials can be delivered over satellite or via network FTP server. The receivers also supply event logs; files played reports; content reports and receiver status reports for units with internet connectivity, which can also be provided over satellite. The Shoutcast backup audio source with network cues is included to insure reliability.
The new receiver line was developed cooperatively by CC Satellite and 2wcom Systems GmbH, located in Germany.