We are pleased to report that as the Kincade fire burns itself out, KZST is back to our regular programming.
Two years ago in the Tubbs fires, flames licked at the back door at the KZST Studios. We were forced to evacuate our building at the base of Fountaingrove, but thanks to the efforts of firefighters and one listener who drove a winery water truck to defend us, we survived.
This year our generators kept our transmitters and studios on line, our microwave connections never dropped and most importantly the phone lines into and out of the studios never missed a beat. This meant that our most important connection, the one to you, was never interrupted.
Our entire staff, plus the staff of the four other radio stations owned by our company, Redwood Empire Stereocasters, kept the information flowing. However, those were not the only people covering the fires. We had 504,217 additional reporters live and on the scene.
Yes it was YOU who called in to tell us what you saw. From every corner of the Redwood Empire you came. There were power outages in the West County, Bodega Bay to Santa Rosa; live reports from Geyserville as it was being evacuated; fires raging in Windsor; and choking smoke in Healdsburg; evacuation centers in Santa Rosa and Petaluma and traffic reports from every part of our county, as 180 thousand people were being evacuated, all looking for a safe way out.
It was you and your constant unwavering stream of live information, on our airwaves, that gave the county the most up to date, accurate, and real information. Your thousands of phone calls relayed the hard facts as you saw them first hand. You did it in a way that was sensitive to the suffering of others. You put into the news the humanity that is so often missing. You showed true caring and concern for every member of our community.
So before the air clears, we wanted to extend our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to you – the 504,217 citizen reporters of the Kincade fires… Thank you for a job well done.
You make us proud to be Sonoma County’s radio station