Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Logan Live, James Logan televised morning announcement and news show, remains off the air while repairs and upgrades to the school's video distribution system are undertaken.
Shortcomings in the distribution system, which have prevented much of the school from seeing the student-produced daily show, and the need to move the show from its old home on channel 45 to channel 75, forced the show off the air until the issues are resolved, said James Rardin, the video production teacher.
Channel 45, the original channel that Logan Live has been using for twelve years, is now unavailable for that purpose because the school's technicians are trying to keep channels one to forty-nine clear for Comcast channels. As a result, Logan Live has now been changed to channel 75.
Because of this change, only about twenty to thirty percent of the school was able to watch Logan Live, so production of the show was suspended October 26.
According to Rardin, the reasons for these difficulties is because the hardware that helps run Logan Live is sixteen years old and showing its age. For example, amplifiers that boost the video signal are failing in many places around the school.
Rardin said the show's absence is dismaying. “I understand the limits of what they’re faced with," he said, "But I’m frustrated with not being able to get the people that need to fix it to actually fix it."
"It also sucks that EMP2 is not able to do what the class was made to do,” said Rardin.
Micah Mahinay, a student who helps produce and sometimes anchors the show, said “It’s super frustrating because second semester is going to do a lot more stuff and people keep asking me why Logan Live isn’t on.”
Rardin told The Courier today that technicians were on campus Tuesday to evaluate the situation with the network of video amplifiers that carry the show's signal to classrooms. If the technicians can repair the problems without replacing the amplifiers, Logan Live could be back on the air by Thursday.
But if the amplifiers are bad, possibly due to damage suffered in the recent black out, they will have to be replaced. Rardin said that, due to budget constraints, that "may take a while."
Whatever is to blame, Logan Live staffer Dillan Beyne had some harsh words to say, “I want to kill the guy that’s wasting my Logan Live life.”
Until the system is back up and running, announcements will continue to be delivered via the school's public address system.