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.
BE YOUR OWN LEGAL BEAGLE
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
comments. This book will not replace your DC attorney, but should let you
use his time wisely.
EAS TEST COMING
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
What do you need? What would you like to sell?
Do You Remember? This week in history:
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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RADIO - HOW STRANGE, HOW BIZARRE, HOW
If you have never been to the warstories section of the BDR, you are
missing some interesting sights and stories of what goes on behind the scenes.
Last week we invited you to
of the Engineering Follies file,
dealing with some of the crazier General Managers and Owners. We got
more than a few notes from the field - we added a couple, and will be
adding some more as time permits.
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