Imagine LA without TV

Of course, I hope that the Mt. Wilson structures do not burn in the “Station Fire,” but it is a fantastic irony that the LA basin might loose it’s access to air-based television if they do. This fire reminds me of one that burned some of the same area when I was 11 and had just moved to the LA basin. There was a big fire in the La Cañada neighborhood and embers from it fell on the playground at Marengo School in South Pasadena (fewer than 10 air miles away). Some of the burned out embers that had been carried aloft by the convection were nearly the size of small limbs.

Back in the (circa 1959) day, LA only had a maybe seven TV stations. All provided over-the-air signals. There were the major networks (CBS, NBC, and ABC) and a few independent locals (KTLA?). As I recall, this was before PBS. Virtually all of those extent at that time sent signals from Mt. Wilson, which was just—maybe?—12 miles away. Now the area around Mt. Wilson is threatened by the Station Fire. If the structures there burn, of course, people will be able to get TV content via satellite, cable, and the Internet. But to me it is an irony that an ancient force of nature might stop the broadcasting of television in what is arguably the epicenter (to mix metaphors) of television.

Now, that said, the more important idea is that I hope that the five people who refused to evacuate and are now in a geographic space where they are surrounded by fire and apparently cannot safely be rescued can survive this holocaust.

Folx who want an RSS feed can use this xml feed to get LA Times news, which is heavily focused on the fires, right now.


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One response to “Imagine LA without TV

  1. The Station fire also may threaten the Mt. Wilson observatory, which is a century old, and was (back in the early 20th century) the location of many important developments in astronomy and theoretical physics (according to NPR). The most famous work was done by Hubbell, who used the Mt. Wilson observatory to discover things that led to the theory of the expanding universe.
    I remember those big ashes landing on the blacktop playground at Marengo School, too.

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