THE PUBLIC INFORMATION FILE
Among the most hated things broadcasters have to maintain, the FCC took the
next step in
requiring most stations in the top 50 markets to begin loading their Public
to the newly reorganized OPIF on the FCC site.
While stations with less than 5 employees and Non-comm stations are currently
and FCC intentions are still coming together, the Public Notice makes it clear
things on time will become even more important as time stamps will quickly
The FCC does indicate that they will give most stations six months to upload all
pertinent files to the OPIF site.
More information and link to
the demo site is here.
MOVING TARGET DATE FOR EAS
The FEMA has announced another regional NPT (National Periodic Test) for the
EAS system, ahead of a national test this Fall, and then said the date is under
Due to some issues in Washington Station, as of today, the regional test has
re-scheduled for 2:20 PM MDT (1:20 PM PDT) on Wednesday, June 15th. The
still is set for September 28th.
More information, including a link to the
FEMA live web broadcast of information
on May 13th is here.
WATCH OUT FOR airOS SECURITY ISSUES
Last week we talked about the computer security issue. This week it is
radios running a version of airOS. If you have any of these units in your
chain, for example, it is
worth checking to ensure your firmware is up-to-date and
FOR SALE/WANT TO BUY
A QEI FMQ-5000 transmitter is new to the list, as well as a change in
pricing on some
6 GHz STL antennas. Check them out at
Do You Remember? This week in history:
It was 15 years ago (2001) when XM got their satellite system in
(The official launch of the
service was on September 25, 2001.)
It was 34 years ago (1982) when "Ebony And Ivory" began a
seven-week run at #1 on the pop charts
It was 36 years ago (1980) when the Mt. St. Helen erupted.
It was 50 years ago (1966) when Bob Dylan was
called a "Judas" for electrifying "Rolling Stone."
(This was three years after Dylan walked off The Ed
Sullivan Show in a song dispute.)
It was 51 years ago (1965) when the FBI laboratory decided to decode the
dirty lyrics of "Louie Louie."
It was 52 years ago (1964) when the first Motown record hit #1: Mary
Wells with "My Guy."
It was 94 years ago (1922) when these stations were first licensed
by the Dept of Commerce:
(the actual First Day of Broadcast was not always the same as the
license date for the early stations.)
WCAY (now WTMJ-620)
WDAP (now WGN-720)
WDAM (consolidated into WEAF, now WFAN-660)
And here are some items that might also interest you.
It was 43 years ago (1973) when the Watergate hearings began.
It was 62 years ago (1954) when the landmark case of Brown vs Board of
Education was decided.
It was 212 years ago (1804) when Lewis and Clark set out to explore the
NW part of the US.
It was 212 years ago (1804) when air mail service began - but you could
only send between NY, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
It was 224 years ago (1792) when the New York Stock Exchange was formed.