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We are back from NAB Spring Show and slowly plowing through all the stuff I
brought home - and
all the email that stacked up. There is a lot of good stuff to share in coming
The NAB had over 103,000 in attendance this year. Of course, the shift from
broadcast is evident, with the tremendous number of non-broadcast booths. Just
to note one: a popular portable video company had several large booths, right in
the front (how did that happen?) featuring drones - a high interest product all
over the floor.
With the end of the Riviera, it will be interesting to see what and how the
LVCC proceeds with the space. They are slowly eating up all the available land
close to the site. Those of you who walked through the Westgate (formerly the
LVH .. .formerly the Hilton) noticed the construction - and the new emphasis on
TimeShare. Apparently the North Tower is already assigned for that next year.
Prices are sure to be "lofty."
THE LUNCH GATHERING
We heard that the hotel gave some folks the wrong directions to the Lunch
Gathering. Nevertheless, we had standing room only at the Westgate Buffet. It
was great to see so many folks come along, and Cary and Laura were listened to
intently during the Q&A period. Next year? We'll see.....
WALKING THE FLOOR
Both Alan and Barry have posted some of their thoughts and pictures from the
Show, with more coming. We also plan some commentary from another point of view.
Updates on those will happen thoughout the next week.
A Harris CD Link STL system and a BC-1H are among the new items this week.
And aomeone is looking for an old CRL processor and an LPB board. Sell or Buy
... listings are still free to individuals ... although tips are optional!
Find them here.
Not that NAB is over, maybe you are ready to attend to Spring Chores,
getting some important
projects under way. One is the annual NRSC meansurements for AM stations.
to check the paint on your tower, so if it needs painting, you can pick the
right time to
get it done.
Here is a link to some
folks to take care of your NRSC
Here is a link to some
tower folks who can check your paint, tower, guys, etc.
Here is a link to general
contractors ... for maintenance to keep you on the air.
Do You Remember? This week in history:
37 years ago (1978) the Blues Brothers first appeared on Saturday
51 years ago (1963) Little Peggy March hit #1 with "I Will
141 years ago (1874) Guglielmo Marconi was born.
93 years ago (1922) these stations went on the air after being 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.)
And some other items of interest:
2 years ago (2013) the Boston Marathon was disrupted by two Chechen
brothers and their bombs
29 years ago (1986) the Russian nuclear disaster at Chernobyl happened.
30 years ago (1985) CocaCola introduced "New Coke." (Extra credit: how
long did it take to restore "Classic Coke" to the marketplace?****)
35 years ago (1980) two 747's collided in the Canary Islands, killing
100 years ago (1915) the ill-fated allied invasion of Gallipoli began.
101 years ago (1914) Wrigley Field opened in Chicago.
... and if you really want to get technical: According to the German
mathematician Kepler it was 6991 years ago this week (4977 BCE) when the
universe was created. More recently, estimates of 14-16 Billion years
have become more accepted.
*** Three months after "New Coke" was released, Classic Coke was back on the
shelves and outselling New Coke. As you might imagine, the name "Edsel" was
Some of you know that John Oliver has some of the best rants on what is
He got a lot of international attention with his interview of Edward Snowden.
Here, he has
a great rant on Patent Trolls and the state of the law.
Most people assumed it was a touched-up, imaginary picture. But the XP
Wallpaper we have seen for 14 years or so is an actual picture.
The story/video of the picture and the photographer is here.
And, to repeat for those who got a bad URL:
Here is something for those of you who think your site is secure.
This is the next V-Mag "high speed" Main Exit gate at the Central Wastewater
Plant - when a drunk lady
went through it the other night in the
middle of the night. It doesn't appear that she even showed down.
This gate replaced the older steel gate that a drunk went
through it a year or so ago. Another new "high speed" is currently in the
process of being made.
Please enjoy your weekend!
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