As many of you know, RIPR owns and maintains the 1290AM site on the Providence/North Providence town line. Our NPR satellite downlink is there, and we lease the frequency to our friends at Latino Public Radio.
In the past, the site was largely a pond (Whipple Pond) with Douglas Ave forming part of a dam in the eastern corner. After the torrential rains of 2010, the dam broke and the pond drained. Now the West River flows freely through the site.
When you’re a broadcast engineer, you get used to receiving calls at odd hours proclaiming things that tend to fall outside the bounds of “normal.” It’s just the nature of the job. But even your intrepid engineer can be surprised sometimes. Friday morning, August 23rd, was one of those times.
That morning I got a call informing me that WCVY, our 91.5FM signal for much of Kent County, was off the air.
Have you noticed how a bit of travel can do so much to help us gain perspective on our lives? Stepping into another culture teaches us about our own, which all of a sudden appears in sharp contrast. Even traveling across the U.S. can help us view our day-to-day lives through a very different lens, where what was once routine and prosaic now seems much more profound. As we hear in this encore essay, Daniel Combs discovered this during his own travels, drip by drip.