Over the weekend, we had some MAJOR technical difficulties. The 4 to 6 inches of Global Warming snow that landed in the area took out the power to our transmitters and broadcast facility for a significant chunk of time.
We lost the air, the web, everything.
The reason we got back on as fast as we did? A dedicated team of engineers and IT pros. Let's meet them, shall we?
First on the list is our engineer, Frank Zastrow.
Seen here impersonating The Unibomber
Frank is our resident MacGyver. If you need a wicked smart contraptions, but only have a bunch of old electronic junk laying around, Frank's your man.
Found in Frank's toolbox.
When he's not trying to fix the latest item that Chuck Lakefield broke, Franks enjoys fishing and screening Chuck's calls.
Next on our list is Neil Raddenbach, our IT guy.
Seen here being surprised by a camera.
Swap out Neil's "I" and "L" for an "O" and you have his gig spelled out. He's Neo from the Matrix, navigating our computer networks and fighting off the baddies that would try to corrupt them.
When Neil isn't protecting the Matrix, he's fixing up houses and hanging with his lovely family.
If Neil is Neo then Tyson Hinsdill is Morpheus.
See? Just like Morpheus, except, you know, more caucasian...
As our IT head honcho, Tyson tends to be on the road more these days getting our company's other markets up and running properly. Protecting our stretch of the Information Superhighway (remember when people called the internet that?) calls for a bit of travel on an actual highway from time to time. Still, he joins Neil in making sure that Central Wisconsin is running smooth when he's here.
When Tyson's actually home, he and his lovely wife have a sweet computer gaming lounge where they "pwn noobs".
Much as Neil and Tyson handle the hardware side of our operation, the software side of things is handled by Glenn Siegman.
This is the only known photo of Glenn NOT staring at a monitor.
As our resident software engineer, Glenn has been instrumental in keeping our websites in working order. When we switched to the Version 2.0 look that you currently enjoy, Glenn was there to make sure the transition was smooth. When stuff breaks on the sites, he's the guy to fix it.
When Glenn isn't staring at a monitor he's... Heck, I don't think he does anything else.
Our final behind the scenes guy who deserves some credit for all of his hard work this weekend is our Director of Interactive, Brad Ludwig.
Seen here being a good dad.
If it says .com, odds are, Brad had something to do with it. He oversees a staff of design pros and insures that our site are user friendly, attractive and functional. Given the amount of web traffic we have on a daily basis, that's a pretty tall order, but Brad delivers.
When he's not doing cool stuff with our websites, Brad is being a great dad for his son, Alex.
We DJ types tend to get the lion's share of the attention around here, but make no mistake about it. Our voices and blogs don't get too far without a great team of technical pros working behind us.
May you get some appreciation for your work today.