On October 22, certain Phoenix area television stations with towers located on South Mountain are required by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin what’s called a “repack” of the television band.
Family Life Radio’s (90.3 FM – KFLR) broadcast tower is also located on South Mountain and is likely to be impacted by this process. You may experience temporary interruptions to the 90.3 FM signal or longer loss of service as we are required to “power down” so that conditions are safe for workers and engineers conducting the repack.
“We apologize for any interruption or impact on your listening experience,” said FLR’s Chief Broadcast Systems Officer Adam Biddell. “We’ve made every technical preparation to minimize the impact of the repack, but an occasional outage or loss of service is still possible during this period of time.”
We’ll keep you up to date on the progress of the repack here and in our Family Life Radio – Phoenix Facebook Group. Please pray that the process would go quickly and safety for those completing this dangerous tower work on South Mountain.
From the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB):
As part of the broadcast spectrum incentive auction, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is authorized to repack the television band by assigning television stations to new channels. This process will pose significant challenges for the broadcast industry. Repacked television stations will need to complete channel moves. Radio stations and non-repacked television stations may also be affected if they are located on or near a tower with a repacked television station.