... edited by Barry Mishkind - the Eclectic Engineer
This was written by
Rod Zeigler as a
I won't hold my tongue on this one.
He has actually hit the nail on the head on a few things. Fully automated stations and satellators probably do not have anyone that can go on the air locally. Staffing has been cut back to the marrow in many places. These operations are left with sales people that would not have a clue if you put them in a studio.
So, yes, there are quite a few
broadcasters that are unable to serve the Public Interest, Convenience,
and Necessity. Many have been allowed to do this by waiver of
I appreciate the NWS and the fine
product that they broadcast, however, asking them to start giving
shelter information on a neighborhood, by neighborhood basis, or chasing
down representatives from various utilities for predictions of service
restoration is well beyond their mission. It is the mission of the local
You will also remember that in the
future and your listening habits will reflect this. More requirements to
cover emergencies will only be met with cleverer ways to circumvent them
by those so inclined. I would suggest he remember his problems, with the
broadcasters mentioned in his letter, when their licenses come up for
renewal and make his displeasure known to the FCC at that time.