740 kHz
Avalon (Catalina Island), CA
I Was There:

Station Information:

Freq: 740 kHz
Power: 10,000 Watts Daytime Only
Height/DA: DA
Class: II-D
City Of License: Avalon, CA
TX Site: Catalina Island.
Format: Christian teaching and talk

Owner: Kiertron Corp. division of Crawford Broadcasting (Don Crawford, Pres.)
GM/Stn Mgrs: Don Crawford, Jr.
CEs: CE is island engineer, currently Bill Agresta
Engineers: Mike Duffy, Paul Sakrison, David Rea, Cris Alexander (DOE),
Office/Others: Todd Stickler (Operations Mgr),
Call Letter History-AM: KBIG, KBRT
KBRT is a Christian Talk station in the Los Angeles market with Studios in Costa Mesa near the John Wayne Airport and transmitter 26 miles off the California Coast on Catalina Island. Given the remoteness of the island, KBRT has a full-time engineer that lives out there with the transmitter. The main peril to operations there has been wild pigs rooting up the ground system.
KBRT Control Room
Thee reel decks are on their way out in favor of a digital playout system

KBRT Processing Equipment Racks
with Operations Manager Todd Stickler

KBRT Transmitter Site
on Catalina Island
. It is out away from most civilization. The Chief Engineer lives here.

KBRT Transmitter and Phasor
Nautel 10 kW. Audio is fed via a T1 line and QEI Catlinks.
Prior to the T1 line, audio was fed by 950 MHz microwave that was subject to fading.

KBRT Tower 2 Tuning House
and Chief Engineer Bill Agresta
KBRT shares the 740 kHz frequency with San Francisco's 50,000-watt Newsradio KCBS, which booms down to LA as the sun goes down. Therefore, KBRT is only licensed to operate during daylight hours.

There are 3 towers that direct the 10,000-watt signal towards Los Angeles.

Mike Duffy and I, as Radio Services Group, service the Costa Mesa studios. Mike has been involved with KBRT for many years, as he had a similar partnership to RSG with David Rea called Spectrum Analysis. David passed away in December of 2000, unexpectedly of heart failure. We all were shocked and miss our good friend.

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