Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

KFRC, Here We Go Again

You remember KFRC. It is that station roaming the radio dial looking for a home. Well, it has found a new home again at 1550 on the AM dial.

Now KYOU (KYCY) is without a home. For those of you at home keeping score, KYOU was the “podcasts” station at 1550.

KFRC is not coming back with Dave Sholin, Celeste Perry, and the other on-air personalities. Nope, this time it will be canned programming. One of the reasons for listening to KFRC over the years was the local programming and personalities. Local news updates are provided by KCBS with music programming from True Oldies Channel, which claims to have an extensive play list.

You probably cannot even receive the weak signal station here in the South Bay. They have been streaming the classic hits format at and on KFRC-HD2 (106.9-2 FM) and will continue to do so.

With advertising dollars moving to the Internet and with the economic downturn CBS Radio may feel an oldies format will give them a rating that is a smidgen higher than the podcasts format.

Now, go get that old cat’s whisker radio out…

511 Freeway Assistance

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission which operates the 511 service has added a new feature “511 Freeway Aid” that allows drivers to use their wireless phones to summon non-emergency roadside assistance on any freeway in the nine-county region.

A motorist in a non-emergency situation (out of gas, flat tire or mechanical problems) can dial 5-1-1 on their wireless phone (you may be charged airtime by your wireless service provider). At the main menu, the caller says “Freeway Aid” and the voice-recognition system will transfer the call to the privately operated call center that now handles incoming calls from the roadside call boxes.

Freeway Service Patrol tow trucks, which provide their services free of charge, will be dispatched to respond to 511 Freeway Aid calls during peak periods on the Bay Area’s busiest routes. Towing companies that operate on rotations under contract with Caltrans and the CHP will be dispatched at other times and will charge motorists for their services. You may wish to inquirer if there will be a charge.

If you are on a toll bridge or in a tunnel, the information will be sent immediately to Caltrans and/or the CHP.

You will no longer have to hike to one of those roadside call boxes.

The MTC nine-county regions: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma.

“511 is a free phone and Web service that consolidates Bay Area transportation information into a one-stop resource. 511 provides up-to-the-minute information on traffic conditions, incidents and driving times, schedule, route and fare information for the Bay Area’s public transportation services, instant carpool and vanpool referrals, bicycling information and more. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Time to Fall Back 2008

This weekend we turn our clocks back an hour as we return to Standard Time.

When do we do this? Saturday night before going to bed or Sunday morning 2:00 a.m., whichever comes first.

Does this mean we get to spend an extra hour at our favorite bar? No, bars do not stop serving liquor at 2:00 a.m., but actually at 1:59 a.m., one minute before the clocks are set back one hour. Those clever lawmakers.

It is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detector(s). Some inexpensive detectors also need to be replaced completely about every five years. Dispose those old batteries and alarms properly.

For the correct time of the day, you can call the Department of Transportation at 1-900-410-TIME. There is a charge for the call.

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