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April 19, 1990 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In small Indian communities from the Rockies to the desert Southwest, low-cost television "mini-stations" are broadcasting political debates, giving native language instruction and airing documentaries on Indian art and culture. Just outside of Disney World in Florida, a similar station beams a steady diet of commercials for local tourist attractions along the main strip of hotels and motels.
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November 12, 1990 | KEVIN BRASS
Any day now, John Willkie expects to hear word that, after six years on a bureaucratic roller coaster, he is officially a member of the television industry. In 1984, Willkie and his partner, Karl Fackler, applying as Civic Light Television, won a lottery for the license to operate a low-power television station in San Diego, Channel 63.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 1990 | KEVIN BRASS
Any day now, John Willkie expects to hear word that, after six years on a bureaucratic roller coaster, he is officially a member of the television industry. In 1984, Willkie and his partner, Karl Fackler, applying as Civic Light Television, won a lottery for the license to operate a low-power television station in San Diego, Channel 63.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1992 | TONY PERRY
John Willkie insists that I was present 12 years ago when his obsession was born. As Willkie remembers it, he arose groggy from a nap on the couch in the press room at San Diego City Hall, saw a story in the Evening Tribune, and then said something like: "As God is my witness, I shall never be without a federal license for a low-power television station again." I cannot confirm being present at the creation.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1994 | JACK SEARLES
A Camarillo firm with the unusual name 3dbm Inc. has been awarded a $1.8-million contract to produce "threat simulators" for the Naval Air Weapons Station at Point Mugu. The simulators act as enemy radar and are used by the Navy as targets in missile test firings, reports James A. Tranovich, 3dbm's vice president of engineering. "It's our last defense contract," he said. "Five years ago, we were 90% defense-related. Now, military work accounts for less than 20% of our revenues."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifteen people were injured Thursday when an undetermined type of explosive spewed a noxious smoke in the middle an audience watching the live broadcast lof a program at a Trinity Broadcasting Network studio, police said. Tustin Sgt. Mike Pettifer said that at 7:16 p.m., somebody "walked into the building, placed the device on (a table) and walked out. . . . Minutes later it went off." The device made a loud popping noise and smoke filled the room.
BUSINESS
June 18, 1996 | PATRICE APODACA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A fledgling television network has agreed to become the main tenant at the Glendale Studios and plans to make the facility the base for its production operations. Channel America Television Network, a 24-hour television programmer founded in 1988, reaches 35 million homes in the East and Midwest, mostly through low-power broadcast signals or cable systems. Low-power television stations often operate in rural areas and broadcast in a radius of 25 to 30 miles.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 1989 | KEVIN BRASS
San Diego's first low-power TV station, the first new station to hit local airwaves since KTTY-TV (Channel 69) went on the air five years ago, could begin transmitting a variety of community-oriented programs by the end of the year. The Federal Communications Commission last year selected the 30-year-old Basic Economic Education Foundation, headed by former City Councilman Floyd Morrow, to operate Channel 17.
NEWS
April 19, 1990 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In small Indian communities from the Rockies to the desert Southwest, low-cost television "mini-stations" are broadcasting political debates, giving native language instruction and airing documentaries on Indian art and culture. Just outside of Disney World in Florida, a similar station beams a steady diet of commercials for local tourist attractions along the main strip of hotels and motels.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1991 | MATT LAIT
A smoke bomb forced the evacuation of about 1,200 people attending a Good Friday service at the Crystal Cathedral, one day after another smoke bomb went off during a live religious broadcast at a Tustin studio. Police said a man in his late 30s or early 40s walked into the Crystal Cathedral at about 12:30 p.m. Friday, attached a white satchel to the back of a seat in the rear of the auditorium and walked away. A security guard who saw what the man had done followed him, police said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 1991 | KEVIN BRASS
Mayor Maureen O'Connor showed up Thursday at a press conference called to announce the San Diego Police Department's suspicion that one of its own was guilty of a brutal attack. She did so, she said, to express her faith in the department and to make an extremely unusual request. Calling on her long relationship with local reporters, the mayor implored the media not to use the names of the victims. She said the families had requested that she ask reporters to respect their privacy.
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