According to Doug Virden a couple of days ago, KAAY was definitely off the air, due to water seepage from the bad roof affecting the transmitter. When I was at the transmitter site almost two years ago this coming April, I could see evidence of leakage from the roof, near the newer transmitter. This isn't surprising that the current owner is running this once mighty station into the ground...after all, it's all about the money, isn't it?
I have been involved in buy-outs before (non-radio/broadcasting) where new owners do "hatchet jobs" on businesses, refusing to invest in a thriving business, bleeding them to the last penny until they finally bankrupt the business and closing the doors or selling it off for pennies. I have jumped horses in mid-stream, missing the inevitable and I have had the horse shot out from under me once...so, I know what happens in business. Too bad, that business ethics no longer apply, that the dollar is their god and jobs don't matter. Even though we need jobs in America, some businesses are not willing to make the investment to keep businesses going. Why not feed the goose that lays the golden egg? No, some would rather butcher the goose and cut it open, looking for a mother lode of golden eggs, only to find there are none...and the goose is dead.
The old axiom, "you got to break a few eggs to make an omlet" no longer apply, in these cases. Is KAAY destined to die a rotting death? What a horrible way for a giant, both in history and fame, to wither away. Can it be saved? At least made a National Historical Site? Anyone????
My opinion and mine only.
Bud S. (firstname.lastname@example.org)