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Emergency broadcast system operating in Almanor Basin

A public service and emergency radio broadcast station is now operating for Lake Almanor communities at 1700 AM on the dial. This system was funded and purchased through a donation campaign to area Firewise USA committees managed by the Lake Almanor Community Foundation and from a grant awarded by the KBK Foundation.  The station is operated by Peninsula Fire to provide both emergency and non-emergency public service notifications to residents and visitors in the Lake Almanor basin.

“We got it tuned and fired it up in mid- March,” said Chief Courtright of the Peninsula Fire Safety District. “This system will provide our community with another layer of safety communications that will enhance the emergency notification abilities of the area.”

The heavy winter conditions have delayed the installation of the final antenna for the system, but the folks at Peninsula Fire have set up a temporary antenna to get things started. Initial transmissions from radio station WRTZ707 are now found at 1700 kHz on your AM radio dial. Adequate reception has been verified around the lake in vehicle AM radios, but you may need to search for a static-free location around your home.

WRTZ707 is licensed by the FCC to provide public service information on an as-needed basis. No music, commercial or sales-related broadcasting is allowed. The station will be used to advise listeners of local emergencies, closures and alerts along with non-emergency items of community importance. Programming will probably start slow and then expand as the team gains experience and familiarity. Check it out before there is an emergency … and then be sure to tune in regularly for updates.

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