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What is That Mysterious Ticking Noise?

What is That Mysterious Ticking Noise?

Last Friday, in the midst of the student exodus for The Rocky Mountain Showdown, a mysterious ticking noise began to pervade our air waves, here at KCSU-FM.

And that’s never good.

Being a student radio station means that technological issues are never exactly unexpected or shocking. But, this malfunction was uniquely challenging.

Our radio adviser, Hannah Copeland, sent out a news update to the station’s staff and volunteers. In it, she explained what it was that turned our Friday into a story-worthy day:

“The good news is that it was no one’s fault. A piece of equipment fell off our rack in the Atmospheric Sciences building. The piece of equipment receives audio from our station via fiber optic cable, then broadcasts the signal to our transmitter which is about a mile away. Because it was almost Labor Day weekend, and the problem was so strange, it took a long time to trouble shoot.”

And troubleshoot we did. Being a graduate student and one of the directors of production efforts here at KCSU meant that I was in my office come Friday afternoon, far away from tailgating happiness down in Denver.

Much like Samwise Gamgee, I therefore found myself thrust into the throws of adventure alongside Hannah. Rather than returning stolen jewelry to a fiery mountain, barefoot and taunted by classic sympathetic, yet antagonistic characters, we instead needed to venture out just east of Horsetooth Reservoir to turn on our transmitter and get the station back on-air.

Please enjoy our short photo story.

There and back again...in Hannah's Toyota

There and back again…in Hannah’s Toyota

Out on the ridge to get to the transmitter

Out on the ridge to get to the transmitter

It's actually quite beautiful out here

It’s actually quite beautiful out here

Just your friendly, local Assistant Production Director opening pasture gates

Just your friendly, local Assistant Production Director opening pasture gates

We have arrived!

We have arrived!

Clearly, I know exactly what I am doing.

Clearly, I know exactly what I am doing.

"ON" buttons are surprisingly hard to find...

“ON” buttons are surprisingly hard to find…

A happy Hannah means the tunes are back!

A happy Hannah means the tunes are back!

The noble steed that helped to save the day.

The noble steed that helped to save the day.

Laurelle Turner

September 8th, 2016

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