Greetings from the your friends out on the Desert...
Here are some things you might want to know about:
The FCC got most folks' attention this week with the $1 Million consent
Order with iHeart Media. The issue was the Bones-headed choice to run a copy of
the 2011 National EAS Test as a "bit." Fortunately, stations will not be fined,
largely due to the confusion created by the FCC Rules (11.51 and 11.52), and
failure of the FCC and the FEMA to clarify matters and solve the issue.
What made this example of mis-using the alert tones worse than all others was
that it came from a satellite-fed program and used the EAN code. Hence, it ran
on a bunch of stations (some reports say 70+) and cable systems far from the
site of the broadcast, creating alarm in many markets.
A close reading of the FCC Rules says stations must relay an EAN immediately,
but also must observe the alert's headers. This led to a short delay by some
stations during the 2011 Test, as the FEMA sent out the wrong timestamp. In
response, the FCC issued a Public Notice repeating the relay must be
immediately. So far, so good. No one - except broadcast professionals - ever
expected that someone would try to run the 2011 Test again.
By the way, all the recent babble about "strict time" and "fuzzy time" did
nothing but obscure the real solution: add a "virtual red envelope" to verify
EANs. Like the vaporware Part 11 re-write, this could have been quickly
implemented nearly four years ago - and would have prevented the spread of the
fake Test. Period.
NO MORE MR. NICE GUY
One of the little "secrets" of the Enforcement Bureau has been that many
fines were uncollectible merely because the EB waited too long to try to
collect. The Statute of Limitations ran out. A filing this week seems to
indicate the new EB Chief has another statement to make (in addition to no fake
EAS tests nor obscene images on TV): if you don't pay, we will ask the US
Attorney to file against you. As an example, a $17k suit just was filed against
Birach Broadcasting in Michigan. Others may follow - especially if the EB starts
moving the process along faster to prevent NOVs and NALs from "timing out."
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Do You Remember? This week in history:
- 38 years ago (1977) Star Wars exploded in movie theaters.
- 57 years ago (1958) Jerry Lee Lewis' child bride became known in London.
How old was Myra? ****
- 60 years ago (1955) the Chuck Berry recorded "Maybellene."
- 171 years ago (1844) Morse Code was demonstrated from Washington to
Baltimore with the famous line: "What hath God wrought?"
These events also might toggle a memory cell or two (!):
- 80 years ago (1935) Babe Ruth hit his last home run.
- 132 years ago (1883) the Brooklyn Bridge opened. It was immediately
offered for sale by Rich Wood.
**** Myra was 13 years old when she married
Jerry Lee Lewis. There was uproar - after three poorly attended shows, the rest
of the tour was cancelled. In the US he became blacklisted.
For all you over-precise folks, worrying
that you might miss the Leap Second later this month, here is something to worry
Some models of GPS receivers, including the Jackson Labs LTE-Lite GPSDO, had a
firmware bug and have already applied the Leap Second. So, even with all that
planning, you might be off by a second!
Solution: relax. Take a breath. Oops! The Leap Second has passed.
Meanwhile, you can read this "discovery," from John
Please enjoy your weekend!
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