When the power went out last Thursday afternoon, the number of news sources accessible to many San Diegans dwindled down to one: radio station AM 600 KOGO.
TVs and computers stopped working. Cell phones struggled to make calls or get online. And much of the radio dial turned to static as at least a dozen stations vanished from the airwaves, in some cases failing to reappear until the next morning.
KFMB-AM and KPBS-FM, the region’s two other news stations, both went off the air, although KFMB returned by the evening. Until then, KOGO almost entirely dominated the local news world. Its staffers were a lifeline to many, piecing together what was happening during the blackout’s first minutes, when San Diego Gas & Electric remained incommunicado.