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12/5/19

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

Here are some things you might want to know about:

C-BAND RULEMAKING DOES NOT LOOK GOOD FOR BROADCAST
As Karen Johnson points out, the FCC's current Rulemaking favors 5G over broadcast. And where does the auction money go? Apparently, not to pay for stations changing/moving dishes and receivers.

AM STILL MOVING ONTO THE FM BAND
The 2017 windows to allow AM stations to buy/move FM translators led to some 1,730 construction permits being  issued. Curious as to the progress? According to Chairman Pai, 615 have now been licensed, leaving quite a few more signals that may yet pop up on FM.

SPEAKING OF FM
There are plans afoot for Auction 106, featuring 130 allotment CPs (including 34 not taken from previous auctions).  Look for this to happen around NAB time in April.

WKRP KICK-BACK
A number of folks enjoyed remembering WKRP in Cincinnati and its depiction of radio of the time. While some of the things depicted were best described as using "artistic license" - such as the control room monitors that did not mute and the single cart machine - one person wondered why they did not play any 45s, but only LPs.

BDR SPOTLIGHT
This time the BDR Spotlight is on the new LBA CAMI
CAT -a way to produce revenue from an AM tower!

JOHN LYONS
New York Broadcasters are mourning the loss of John Lyons, one of the major broadcast engineers in New York City, who passed away from a heart attack last Friday at the age of 71. Most recently, he was instrumental in the work on the broadcasting facilities on the new World Trade Center.

50 OHMS?
Ever wonder why? Here is the story behind the coax specification.

FOR SALE
Among the most recent items listed there is someone offering some older gear free for the pickup. 
Those and other items for sale are on the ForSale Page.


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Some recent articles of interest:

 Non-Newsletter subscribers: Often, the latest info is in the Newsletter!


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PRODUCT NEWS

BLACK FRIDAY FOR BROADCAST

Broadcast Depot has extended their Black Friday sale through this week. There is some very interesting pricing on some equipment you may be looking for - as deep as about 50% off. Check out transmitters, microphones, headsets, room sound treatment, and more products.  Ends this week.

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Moreo information on other items can be found here.


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Do You Remember?  This week in history:

Broadcast related:
  2 years ago (2017) Cumulus filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Stock was $0.15 per share.
 24 years ago (1995) the FCC eliminated the Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit.
 39 years ago (1980) John Lennon was shot dead in NYC.
 40 years ago (1979) Eleven people were killed in a stampede outside Who concert in Cincinnati.
                               (WKRP in Cinncinnati devoted a story line to the incident.)
 47 years ago (1972) The Temptations earn their final #1 hit with "Papa Was A Rolling Stone"
 50 years ago (1969) the Altamont Festival ended the 60s in violence.
 56 years ago (1963) the Singing Nun reached #1 with "Dominique."
 96 years ago (1923) the first presidential address was on US radio. Which President? (See below*)
135 years ago (1884) Tesla's AC generators began to send power over long distances.

Also possibly of some interest:
 18 years ago (2001) Enron filed for bankruptcy.
 51 years ago (1968) the first computer mouse was demonstrated.
 78 years ago (1941) the date that has lived in infamy, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
232 years ago (1787) Delaware became the first State of the US, by ratifying the Constitution.


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* Calvin Coolidge was the first President to address the nation via radio!

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