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FCC Still Accepting EAS Form One Due to HarveyPosted in Engineering on Aug 30, 2017
Asks all participants to fill it out asap
Paul McLane, Radio World
U.S. radio and TV stations were supposed to have filled out a particular form by now in advance of September’s national EAS test. But the FCC is extending the deadline because of Harvey.
“We are aware that some EAS Participants are currently responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey,” the commission posted on its EAS Test Reporting System web page.
False EAS Test Startles Guam ResidentsPosted in Engineering on Aug 15, 2017
As if tensions weren’t high enough in the United States territory of Guam, residents were startled by an activation of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) shortly after 12am on Tues. (Aug. 15). The alert originated from Inter-Island Communications religious teaching KTWG (801), which assured the public afterward that “the unauthorized test was not connected to any emergency, threat or warning.”
What Would Happen Without the Main Studio Rules?Posted in Engineering on Aug 09, 2017
Can stations with no local physical presence maintain community ties?
Dee McVicker, Radio World - July 26, 2017
A commissioner commenting on the FCC proposal to abolish the main studio rule brought up the example of a North Dakota station where authorities claimed “no one was home” when a train carrying dangerous chemicals derailed, jeopardizing the community.
Although the station owners have repeatedly said the story is not true — that the station had responded immediately and the local authorities simply had an outdated station phone number — this 2002 incident underscores an important issue.
In Lock Haven, Pa., WSQV(FM) and WBPZ(AM) are part of a business owned by the Schlesinger family that also includes a music store and a weekly newspaper, all operating from a classic Main Street storefront.
Can a station with no local physical presence maintain ties with its community, especially during an emergency?