Tonight during Marketplace (6:30-7pm) there will be about 10-15 minutes of dead air on RIPR. All our FM signals will be off, and the webcast will be down.
We are installing a new Uninterruptible Power Supply / UPS (aka "battery backup") for our studios & master control. This is a big one, a Controlled Power Systems' ES-AAX-5500-S, enough to run the entire Studio A, Studio B, and the Master Control room. I believe it'll keep all that running for an hour but until normal circumstances it just needs to last a minute or two until the backup power generator starts up.
There's a bit of irony involved with killing power to our facility, in order to install a device meant to keep the electricity on when the street power goes out. But hey, the good news is that this is a major step forward in keeping things running 24/7...an important consideration at a news radio station!