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Greetings from the your friends out on the Desert...

Here are some things you might want to know about:

One of the most dangerous jobs in broadcasting is caring for towers and antennas. While many operators and crews are committed to safety first - personal experience with some folks like Tom Silliman being highly instructive - some are under-trained or under time pressures that could lead to disaster. On the other hand, the DTV build-out during the cellular boom cost too many lives.

The FCC is concerned about the safety of tower workers, especially with the demand for workers after the Spectrum Auction just ahead. A workshop on Thursday at 9AM EST (live at the FCC and streaming) should help companies understand "best practices" and ways to reduce potential problems during any construction or maintenance.

The Rules and Regulations have always been important - and not always easy to fully understand. For many, a question prompts a call to the DC attorney. While this is one way to avoid errors, sometimes all you need is specific information on specific topics.  The NAB Legal Guide, now it its Sixth Edition, is worth having on your bookshelf. If you would like some reasons to get yours, check out Ken Benner's comments. This book will not replace your DC attorney, but should let you use his time wisely.

The next regional EAS test is coming in two weeks. If you are not sure what it is all about, you might want to check the FEMA website.

What do you need?  What would you like to sell?  Check these out.

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Do You Remember?  This week in history:

Broadcast related:
35 years ago (1981) Kool & the Gang hit #1 with "Celebration."
44 years ago (1972) Al Green hit #1 with "Let's Stay Together."
76 years ago (1940) the caped crusader, Superman, was first heard on WOR(AM) in New York. Yes, "Up in the sky! Look! It' a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Superman!"
101 years ago (1915) ASCAP was founded.

And, there is also:
70 years ago (1946) the ENIAC computer was first demonstrated. With 17468 tubes and 150 kW power consumption, it cost the equivalent of $6 million today - and still was less capable than the earliest PC.
87 years ago (1929) penicillin was discovered.

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