|Here is an Email received from Bob Souza on November 28, 2004
KMJ used to transmit from Kerman from 1941 until a year or two ago.
KMJ was 5000 watts non-directional day and night. KMJ now transmits
at 50,000 watts directional (signal beamed to the West) from a four tower
facility just northwest of Orange Cove, California. KMJ has retained
the Kerman facility as their back-up transmitting location and the tower
is over 600 feet tall.
KMJ moved to Kerman due to the construction of Hammer Field (Fresno
Air Terminal) in 1941. The KMJ transmitting facility was previously
located on the corner of Clovis Avenue & Kings Canyon Road where the
Sunnyside Bowling Alley existed. KMJ's tall Fresno tower was in the
landing path of Hammer Field and the War Department paid for the relocation.
The Kerman site included and thick concrete underground bunker that
housed a small broadcast studio stocked with emergency food and water and
a back-up generator. That "hardened" site still existed in the early
90's when I visited the facility with KMJ Chief Engineer Joe Mauk.
Former Fresno Broadcast Engineer