By Paul McLane
Larry Wilkins, CPBE, published
the following in the Alabama Broadcasters Association Engineering Notebook
newsletter. I found it helpful and wanted to share, with his permission.
While the FCC has relaxed a
number of rules concerning logs, the requirement to maintain a “Station Log” is still in effect.
The station log must contain the following items:
1. Entries indicating the proper reception, relay and/or origination of all required
local/national EAS tests and alerts.
a) Stations should receive
and log a Required Weekly Test (RWT) each week from both required monitor sources and
b) Stations should originate/log a Required Weekly Test (RWT) each week.
c) Stations should
receive/relay and log the Required Monthly Test (RMT).
2. Entries indicating the proper operation of all
tower lights and include notes concerning any outage.
a) Stations should observe
the proper operation of the tower lights once every 24 hours either
visually or electronically, unless an automatic monitor system is...
By Paul McLane
Frameworks are being built under which our industry at large will
enjoy a longer-term, fruitful relationship with content creators.
By Paul McLane
He writes, 'We need to have not only overall
coordination of information, but coordination for the release of that
By by Brett Moss, Gear & Technology Editor
In our fast-moving times, with high-sugar diets, the attention span of preoccupied gnats and Twitterized communications, maybe it was just a matter of time before the events of Sept. 11, 2001, started to fade. Perhaps the more miraculous thing is that they stuck around in vivid memory as long as they did. Perhaps this is inevitable. After all, another “day that will live infamy,” one that scarred a prior generation, isn’t even a fuzzy memory for millions of us but a vague historical reference.
Everyone promises “We won’t forget,” but eventually we do.
I sense the shift while noting how local radio covers the anniversaries. For instance, listening to Washington’s WTOP this morning, as I always do (except, ironically, on the actual Sept. 11), I was a bit perturbed by “We’ll never forget” promises that felt robotic to me, delivered with a strange lack of context. The words “terrorism,” “terrorist,” “attack,” and the names of perpetrators such as Atta or bin Laden were wholly absent in the coverage I...
By Brett Moss
As anyone even remotely aware of sports knows, it’s football season. Not preseason but the actual season. For the pros it started yesterday evening, officially, with the Ravens in Denver to play the Broncos. College football started last week.
This past week the Radio World inbox has been filled with press releases touting sports radio’s coverage of the sport — not just on game day but practically every day. It would seem that there are few places in America where one cannot receive some kind of football programing.
WestwoodOne, formerly Dial Global, has 51 prime time (Monday, Thursday or Sunday night) regular season games available including last night’s game. It has 34 Sunday afternoon games and a Thanksgiving Day doubleheader.
It also has all of the playoff games and the Super Bowl along with supporting preview, wrap-up and analysis programs. WestwoodOne says it has been broadcasting NFL games for four decades.
A bit newer and with a larger menu is satcaster SiriusXM. It boasts that it has...