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12B Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 DUII~LIII, r~urd, Progressive, Reporter He has been broadcasting play by play since 1980 Mari Erin Roth antenna stretches 80 feet in a Staff Writer "40-foot limit" area. "The limitation was designed for buildings," said Trumbo, "I brought sports "not radio towers." The broadcasting into Quincy," restriction was due to the fact said Ron Trumbo of his actions that the fire truck at the time decades ago. Today the radio didn't have a ladder that could personality with a passion for go over 40 feet. sports rdns a "one-man "We fmally got on the airfor operation" bringing sports and the first time in 1994, three other entertainment to folks days before my construction from "Lake Almanor to permit expired," said the radio Graeagle" via the airwaves. "I station owner. don't think anyone else would What does a day look like for do what I do," said the a man operating a radio station seasoned announcer, single-handedly? Trumbo owns and operates "I start off working from 8 local radio station KNLF, New a.m. to 12:30," said Trumbo of Life Broadcasting 95.9. His real his live-on-air program. "Then love is sports announcing and I g home for lunch and head he does a great deal of it all back from 2 to 3. Then I work over. the county. Many locals sales; back on the air 5 to 6 p.m. would recognize his voice, as and then do some production well they should, since he has work and go home about 8 to been on the Plumas County midnight, if I'm not covering a airwaves and covering games ball game," said Trumbo. with "play by play" reporting There is lots of energy since 1980. expended from this man past "Nowadays many of the 50, and it's taking its toll. athletes on the field and on the "The hardest part is my court are the sons and medical issues lately," said daughters of kids I covered in Trumbo who described sports ages ago," skid Trumbo. navigating his way through the The way it began for the side-effects of medications sports enthusiast was he had intended to help him. been recording his own game When asked about how he coverage on cassettes at got into radio in the first place, matches in St. Helens, Oregon. this passion that has enveloped "We did tape-delay for two his entire adult life, Trumbo high schools up there," said, "It was an accident." Trumbo said, and would play Back in the days of CB radio, them back on the radio people always told him he had Saturday mornings, a great voice and that he The Quincy High graduate should get into radio. ended back up in rural Quincy "So I went down and tried almost four decades ago to help out and got in" said Trumbo of his parents with their family broadcasting school. The week market, located where Carey in 1979 that the "greenhorn" Candy Co. is now. The sports tried out, "There were 860 announcer noticed no sports auditions and six of them got coverage was offered on the into the broadcasting school," local station KPCO. said Trumbo. Trumbo suggested they try it Fresh out of school, Trumbo so they did. "When it aired, we worked for KLAC in Los had great response," said Angeles, the only country Trumbo. However, for reasons station at the time in the area. unknown, the following season He did remote broadcasts on the station manager did not the weekends for them.: ..... want to include the segment. "It was a lot of fun," said Trumbo took that as a cue to Trumbo. "It was a high-energy start up a cable system in town, station, but the pressure was "cable radio," said Trumbo. incredible." He began broadcasting sports The news job opened up in on a cable radio through the Oregon so Trumbo jumped on local cable company, which that and then when his dad got was offering television services sick he headed to back to locally at the time. Quincy to help out in the store. "We started the process with "I worked weekends for the FCC to get a radio station Ralph on KPCO and did the going," said the visionary. The morning show on Saturdays processes turned into a and Sundays," said Trumbo. bottleneck of applications at It's never been a good paying the FCC and then "we had a job for Trumbo, but it's spotted owl issue," added remained his preferred Trumbo. profession since he began. All Apparently the tower site the money comes from above the Chandler Heights advertising according to subdivision was "allegedly Trumbo, "which can make it within a mile of spotted owl tough. Small-market radio: you territory," said Trumbo. It took can't hardly givethese stations nine years and eventually a away anymore." But money is report stating no spotted owls not why he does it. in the area was received, but Donating time to cover the request was denied parades and special events all anyway, over the county has become the Trumbo started looking "norm" for this dedicated elsewhere and chose the space community member who has right behind the radio station been a part of generation after in downtown Quincy where the generation of healthy Plumas tower stands today. The radio County life. Ron Trumbo works on and off all day long at his radio County. Photos by Mari Erin Roth The production room at KNLF 95.9 is where many projects waves originate. "It's tough and it's long hours ... but it's still fun." 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