AT$T Moves Antenna Towers To Motel

Cell antennas will replace the temporary ones that reduce dead zones at the cemetery. The radio energy paranoids have no opposition to the virtual farm of antennas atop the Holman building, free wifi at McDonalds or all those magnet induction streetlights that also emit radio waves.

Fake chimney in the front.
Wilkies Front Cell Tower

Fake chimney on the side.
Wilkies Side Cell Tower

The Pacific Grove City Council Aug. 21 upheld the Planning Commission’s approval of a cell-phone tower at a Lighthouse Avenue hotel, despite objections from activists who argued the radio frequencies could harm nearby adults, children at Parents Place and butterflies at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary.

The AT&T wireless telecom facility will include six 26.5-foot antennae housed within faux chimneys at The Wilkies Inn on Lighthouse Avenue, plus supporting technology. The cell tower will fill AT&T’s current coverage gap in that area of Pacific Grove.

AT$T Moves Antenna Towers To Motel

Put Away The Tinfoil Hats, People

This story ran along with a story about the pot dealer in New Monterey – do pot smokers still get all paranoid after all these years? There are more stronger RF signals in the air everywhere.
Tinfoil hat guy

The council also approved a number of “housekeeping” ordinances, including changes in regulations of microwave equipment and antennas.

Resident Lorna Moffett said the council should consider health problems that could be caused by microwave radiation from cell phone towers. She said proposed antenna locations should be marked so the public would be aware of them.

Put Away The Tinfoil Hats, People

KPIG DJ Laura Ellen Dies From Cancer At 57

Laura Ellen brought back the KFAT sound to Pacific Grove’s KOCN before starting KPIG.

Laura Ellen Kpig Sty

Laura Ellen Hopper, the longtime program director and co-founder of KPIG 107.5 FM, died Monday from complications of lung cancer. She was 57.

Hopper of Royal Oaks was widely known to fans of KPIG as the mellow midday disc jockey who loved to champion emerging country/folk singer/songwriters, but she also was largely responsible for shaping both the sound and the public image of one of California’s most idiosyncratic and beloved radio stations.

Another local hero has passed. . .

Article from Santa Cruz Sentinel

KPIG DJ Laura Ellen Dies From Cancer At 57

KMBY 1240 Original Studios – Virtually Unchanged

In a recent rare visit to Cannery Row I noticed that there are very few landmarks left. The cannery buildings are all but gone and replaced with replicas. What those that are still there have changed drastically to accommodate imprisoned fish, tourists and more commerce. Gone forever are original bohemian places like Odyssey Records, Kalisa’s, Capone’s Warehouse and The 812 Cinema. One thing that has not really physically changed in over 35 years is the radio station offices, studio and transmitter that broadcasts at 1240 AM. Once Monterey’s only top 40 pop station KMBY, it’s now a talk radio format known as KNRY. Back in the 1970s, friends and I would often visit the studio, whether to collect prizes won in the many call in contests, or just see the DJ working at the turntables. Here’s a photo collection of the studio as it is today.

Antenna sits on shoreline of Macabee Beach.Kmby 1240 Tower 1

View from Foam StreetKmby 1240 Tower

A long way up
Kmby 1240 Tower

Danger! Rock and Roll RF!
Kmby 1240 Danger Rf

Coverage from that antenna:
Kmby Coverage Map

The Bear Flag Building.
Kmby 1240 Bear Flag

Bear Flag 1929

Sign over the door.
Kmby 1240 KNRY Sign

Sign on street.
Kmby 1240 KNRY Be Smart Sign

Entry Way.

Going upstairs. Everything is the same as I remember from the 70s.
Kmby 1240 Going Up

Reach the top, go around the corner . .
Kmby 1240 Corner

The Hallway. Door to studios, observation window, door to offices.
Kmby 1240 Hall

Here’s where you’d see real live DJs spinning 45s like The Monkees or Martha And The Vandellas.
Kmby 1240 Studio Window

If you went into the office lobby, you could pick up the latest survey of the “Top 12 plus 40”
Kmby 1240 720404

Time to leave. Going downstairs you’d notice the low ceiling. The redwood ceiling is from the 70s era.

Thanks for the memories. Step out and back out into the phony charm.
Kmby 1240 Leaving

KMBY 1240 Original Studios – Virtually Unchanged

KAZU Knocked Off Air – Again

A ruptured water heater forced the shutdown of radio station KAZU early this morning, said the station’s general manager.

The water heater was located directly above the station’s master control and broadcast operations center and the water poured directly on the equipment, destroying some of it.

KAZU has had a run of bad luck, after a fire in downtown PG, and this is the second flood at the present location. Perhaps the Chamber Of Commerce can raise some funds to buy KAZU a couple of umbrellas to put over the control board.

KAZU Knocked Off Air – Again