Mixdown: The KUAF Blog
Winter weather has been wreaking havoc on area streets and school schedules. And the cold weather and wintry precipitation has also had a significant impact on operations here at KUAF.
If you haven’t been able to pick up our over the air HD signals during the past week or at different times throughout the winter, the problem isn’t with your radio. Our transmitter is on a tower in southeast Washington County at about 2,125 feet elevation. While weather on a given day may be favorable in Fayetteville or Bentonville, the conditions could be dramatically different at our tower site.
When wintry precipitation, or even fog with freezing temperatures, moves in on our tower site, that moisture tends to freeze on the antenna that beams our HD signals over the air, and that ice reflects power back to the transmitter. Normally, that reflected power would overheat and destroy the equipment, but the transmitter is designed to shut itself down if it detects too much reflected power, which is why our over-the-air signals for KUAF 2 and KUAF 3 have been off-air intermittently throughout the winter. Similarly, our FM transmitter automatically reduces its power if reflected power is detected, resulting in static and poor coverage in areas that would normally receive a crystal clear signal.
Unfortunately, there is no easy fix to prevent winter weather from affecting our transmitter site. However, in the event of any transmitter malfunction, there are a number of ways to listen to our programming.
- If you have an iPhone, you can listen to any of our three program streams through the KUAF app, and on Android, you can listen on the NPR News app.
- Internet or Wi-Fi connected radios should also be unaffected by any weather-incurred problems at our transmitter.
- And, you can always listen to our Internet streams from the pop-out player here on our website, or you can download the streams to your computer and listen through Windows Media Player, iTunes or many other audio playback programs for PC or Macintosh.
For more information on the different ways to listen to our programming, click here.
Also,help us better serve you with our HD programming by telling us how you listen. Do you pick up our over-the air signal, or do you mainly tune in through our Internet streams? Let us know by sending an email to email@example.com.
Time to give you some exciting programming updates! First off, tomorrow night beginning at 8 p.m., we'll air the State of the Union address. Join NPR's Robert Siegel for in-depth analysis and reaction from members of Congress. You'll also hear the Republicans' response to the President's speech. It's an NPR News Special--President Obama's State of the Union Address--tomorrow night, Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 8pm.
Also, as many of you are aware, the Metropolitan Opera season is rolling along and you can hear the Opera each Saturday at noon on 91.3 FM. But what about those great programs that are part of our regular Saturday line-up? Well, you can now hear them over on KUAF-3 - our digital news and information signal. Listen to Humankind at noon, ,Travel with Rick Steves can be heard at 1pm, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour begins Saturdays at 2 p.m., NPR's All Songs Considered is at 3 p.m. and KUAR's Tales from the South begins at 3:30pm.
We've also added The Backstory to our KUAF-3 line-up, which can be heard Mondays at 1 p.m. If you haven't heard it yet, you should. It's a great hour-long program that takes one subject per episode and gives you the 'backstory' on it.
Stay tuned to KUAF-3....we will continue to add quality programming to that signal and remember, it's only made possible through listener-support. Listen to KUAF-3 or KUAF-2 (an all-Classical music digital signal) at our website, with an HD- or Internet Radio, or by using the KUAF APP on your iPhone.Until next time....thanks for listening! Pete
-by Katy Henriksen
The classical music world lost a giant with the passing of Claudio Abbado Monday, Jan. 20 in Bologna, Italy. Read a tribute from the NPR Classical Music Blog Deceptive Cadence about this conductor's illustrious career.
The blog attests that: "While he was a self-effacing personality who only rarely granted interviews, Abbado, who memorized every score he led, was widely revered among his fellow musicians and his fans, the most fervent of whom are known as 'The Abbadiani.'"
We'll pay tribute to Abbado in this week's KUAF Sunday Symphony 7 to 9 o'clock Sunday night with legendary recordings featuring the conductor.
-by Katy Henriksen
Little Rock doom metal band Pallbearer returns to Fayetteville tomorrow night, January 18, for a show at the Lightbulb Club with locals Thunderlizards and Terminus. I had a chance to talk to lead Brett Campbell right before their album Sorrow and Extinction dropped, which was later named by the likes of Pitchfork best metal album of the year. Listen to the archive here. If you're in the mood to soak yourself in drones and catch an adept metal vocalist in action, this is definitely a show worth checking out. Come early to be thrashed by Thuderlizards, fronted by Nick Shoulders who stopped by to play the Firmin-Garner Performance Studio with Shawn James. Their video performance of John Legend's "Who Did That to You" now boasts more than 200,000 views. That's Shoulders opening the track on harmonica
NPR's partnership with The Race Card Project "explores a different kind of conversation about race" by asking people to think about their experiences and observations about race or cultural identity and then explain those in one, six-word sentence. Every so often, NPR Host and Special Correspondent Michele Norris looks into those stories and discusses them on Morning Edition.
Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning and 12 Years a Slave was nominated in nine different categories. The film has inspired The Race Card Project to discuss the topic of slavery this week on Morning Edition. On Wednesday's installment of the special series, the story had a connection to Arkansas. In case you missed it, you can listen to the segment here.
The HBO New Orleans noir series True Detective debuted last night with reviewers from the likes of Forbes and The Daily Beast remarking on its originality. The NPR "Monkey See" blog says the show's best quality is its "unconventional structure."
Starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, the series is the brainchild of UA MFA grad Nic Pizzolato who sold the series for a two-year contract at HBO and wrote the first eight episodes all by himself. Ozarks at Large's Katy Henriksen discussed the series with Pizzolato in a story she did on MFA grads breaking in to TV/Film writing in November 2012. If you missed it, here's the archive.
We are happy to announce that starting January 13, BackStory with the American History Guys. will join the KUAF 3 schedule. Airing at 1 p.m. Mondays, this hour-long weekly program brings historical perspective to contemporary topics. Recent episodes have explored the historical context of topics such as "Alcohol in America," "A History of Scandal," and "Wall of Separation: Church & State in America." Monday's broadcast will focus on the history of domesticated animals in America, with everything from the contributions of pigs to early European colonization, the involvement of elephants in some unusual criminal proceedings in the 19th century, and insight into squirrels as pets.
According to the BackStory website, the show is currently broadcast on 36 primary public radio stations serving 72 communities in 20 states and Washington, D.C., but KUAF is the first station to carry BackStory in Arkansas, Oklahoma or Missouri. This is the first of hopefully many new programs we add to the KUAF 3 lineup in 2014, and we hope you like it.
Happy New Year! Have you caught any of our best of 2013 "Ozarks at Large" episodes, which have become a tradition here at KUAF? If not, you still have a chance by tuning in today and tomorrow. You'll catch all our favorite stories from Kyle Kellams, Antoinette Grajeda, Christina Thomas, Jacqueline Froelich, Timothy Dennis and Katy Henriksen plus bonus conversations in a roundtable discussion with all the folks of the "Ozarks at Large" team.
FAYETTEVILLE — The holiday season is right around the corner, and to help local residents get into the holiday spirit, KUAF is hosting a Christmas-themed show at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Fayetteville Public Library, which is located at 401 W. Mountain St. The public is invited to be part of the audience as hosts of KUAF's local news program, Ozarks at Large, interview representatives from Cooperative Emergency Outreach and the United Way of Northwest Arkansas about the importance of giving year-round and not just during the holiday giving season. Other guests include Becca Martin Brown from Northwest Arkansas Newspapers who will help you get a head start on planning your entertainment in 2014, and musical performances by the Adams Collins Trio, Jones'n' Leah, and Farmer and the Markets.
The event will be recorded and portions of it will be broadcast by KUAF during the Dec. 24th editions of Ozarks at Large. The event is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring nonperishable food items, which will be donated to the Fayetteville Public Schools Outback program. The food pantry and clothing closet helps families in need in the Fayetteville School District and is KUAF's Giving Tree charity of choice this year.
ABOUT KUAF 91.3FM KUAF 91.3FM in an NPR affiliate based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The listener-supported radio station airs classical music and NPR programs, as well as a local news magazine show and locally-hosted music shows which highlight a variety of genres including classical music, jazz, blues and folk. Ozarks at Large is an hour-long, local news magazine that airs at noon and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Ozarks at Large covers news, arts and entertainment in Northwest Arkansas, the Arkansas River Valley, and the surrounding area. Additional information is available at www.ozarksatlarge.com.
ABOUT FAYETTEVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY The Fayetteville Public Library has served the city of Fayetteville since 1916, and through its collections, programming, computing resources and facilities works towards its mission to strengthen the community and empower citizens through free and public access to knowledge. Located at 401 W. Mountain Street, the library is open seven days a week (64 hours per week) and provides online access 24/7. More information is available at www.faylib.org.
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