I posted this on another topic, but I think it applies here as well.
Well, I guess nobody here heard it, but Radio Free Burning Man was broadcasting just like it has since 1994. We were a legal, low-power station but we had live DJs playing music and information 24 hours a day when we were broadcasting, and our signal could reach most of the Playa. We deliberately mount only small speakers so we won't blast the neighbors in the immediate vicinity of the station, but otherwise you should have been able to pick us up on your boxes.
I was camped at the Nile Room, across from the Solo Collective and we did have a problem with Radio Electra, which was right across the street and made it impossible to pick up any other channel on our radio. Their exterior speakers were loud at times, but the guy who ran the place was nice enough to turn them down when we asked.
I could only pick up BMIR on the exodus on Tuesday and the information on traffic was consistently 30 minutes late -- telling people it was a good time to leave because traffic was moving when an accident had it all backed up, then reporting the accident after it had been cleared and traffic was moving again. In 2002, when RFBM shared the station trailer with BMIR and I contributed to both stations, it was worse. One the day we had the thunderstorm my campmates were warning others to get off high structures nearby. About ready to start my shift, I knocked on the door of BMIR only to find no one was there, and that was the case most of the time I stopped by the station that year. They were playing pre-recorded interviews and features.
Apparently there is some sort of backstage politics in the BM administration that cut RFBM out of the loop in favor of BMIR. I didn't start attending BM until 2002 so I don't know the reasons, but my impression -- and I have worked in radio before -- is that RFBM was much more professionally managed than BMIR. God help attendees if there is a real emergency, which was the reason BMIR was ostensibly created, and they keep running the station the way they have.