‘Cliff, the Radio Station Is on Fire!'
These presentations may be
less sexy than speeches about digital radio, the future of AM or IP audio. But
several Broadcast Engineering Conference sessions on “getaway” day of the NAB Show
will deal with a subject arguably even more important: safety.
for Safety” track begins with a discussion by Jerry Ehlers and John Peck
of Dialight Corp. on the use of LED lighting systems for aviation obstruction. They
promise to explain how LED obstruction lighting helps solve problems like hard-to-reach
failed lamps, FAA fines, complaints of light “spill” and RF interference, while also reducing
energy and carbon emissions, and lasting longer than traditional lights.
Robert Johnson of Narda Safety Test Solutions will
discuss new international guidance that can help improve RF radiation safety
measurements. He discusses
four major parts of an RF safety program: exposure control, access, training
A panel of speakers will discuss several
guides that are offered by the National Association of Tower Erectors, plus a
recent Telecommunication Industry Association standard
about gin pole use and tower rigging. Participants include Jim Coleman of Southern Broadcast
Services, Don Doty of Stainless and Dave Anthony of Shenandoah Tower Services.
Shank will relate the story of the day in 2011 that he heard the phrase “Cliff,
the radio station is on fire!” In fact, four stations had their facilities
destroyed in the blaze. His session is “Broadcasting Disaster Planning and Insurance:
How to Survive a Devastating Fire.” He’s with Ad Astra per Aspera Broadcasting
And Robert Curtis of
Curtis Engineering & Management Services will discuss how ANSI/IEEE RF
Safety Program Standards apply at radio/TV antenna sites, to help avoid common
violations that occur when workers such as aviation light technicians, tower
repairmen and electricians work too close to transmitting antennas. He promises
to show photos of common RF violations at AM and FM radio and TV broadcast
sites based on the assessment of 80 sites.
Stabbert of Cumulus chairs these sessions, which take place Thursday morning of