Monday, January 21, 2008

Whats The Backup Plan?

19° - overcast at 9:57pm

Sunday Morning: a building housing three television stations in Grand Junction, Colorado burned to the ground.

Tragic. The market's CBS, Fox and MY-TV affiliates - all off the air.

"The station's general manager......believes all his business records and broadcast logs were lost, as well as some of the broadcast equipment." "About $5 million of equipment burned, including tapes and laptop computers, station personnel estimated."

Yipes! Time to ask: whats the plan at your station for off-premise backups of your traffic and business data? What about your hard-drive music libraries, commercials, imaging?

Be proactive and bring it up to your GM tomorrow morning. If your station already has a plan, a quick review of the procedures can't hurt.

Your station might be backing up (off-site) both traffic and the business end - but what about audio and programming? How often are those backups done? As a Program Director - think about how much time you've spent dubbing and fine tuning your music library alone. Time spent getting all the levels and segue points perfect. Something to ponder....

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