... edited by Barry Mishkind - the Eclectic Engineer
Your comments on EAS, its current state, and what needs to be done.
When I was at Laredo, TX we seldom received an EAS test. Another engineer said that he never received them and thought that maybe their level was bad. LP1 and LP2 are in the same building, same owner. They told me that only 1 of their stations had EAS equipment.
EAS is a waste of paper. We receive weather warnings,
but ignore them. Frequently they may not even be seen until several
hours later. They are in English, and we are a Spanish station. Same
problem with child abduction, plus there is no recording or written
I remember the second winter that I
spent in Bloomington-Normal - probably the winter of 1967. We had the
biggest snow storm that I have ever enjoyed.
Obviously, I do not remember the exact words; but I have always thought that was one of the greatest acts of public interest that I had ever heard. There was no question in my mind that WJBC was exceeding their pledge to the FCC to serve the public interest. It made me proud to be involved in the broadcasting industry. I hope some of that dedication and responsibility still exists among broadcasters.
In those days, I made another observation. While most people were trying to figure out a way to get home, a lot of people that worked in radio stations were trying to figure out a way to get to work. Once there, they stayed and slept on the floor. Were those great times or what?
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