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Greetings from your broadcast friends out on the Desert...
This is the BDR Newsletter Volume 13, #24 for January 12, 2022

Here are some things you might want to know about:

CDBS CLOSING TO FILINGS
The FCC has notified users that Consolidated Database System (CDBS) will cease accepting filings as of 5 PM Wednesday January 12th. The move has been anticipated, but pressing technical issues have prompted the transition at this time. The link to the Public Notice is here.

As part of the shift toward the Licensing and Management System (LMS), all filings that cannot be made on the LMS will need to be sent via email to audiofilings@fcc.gov. At the moment, the CDBS will remain available for searching for older filings, but is eventually expected to fade away as more material and data is built into the LMS.

A list of forms that will currently need to be emailed are included in the Public Notice. For those with questions, it may be advisable to consult your Engineering Consultant, DC Attorney, or the LMS Help Center at: https://www.fcc.gov/media/radio/lms-help-center.

NO FEMA EAS THIS WEEK
For most of the country, the RWT from the FEMA was scuttled by a software update. Just note it "failed" on your log.

HOW TO GET THINGS DONE
This week on the Lunch Gathering we want to explore some of the ways to be more productive without exhausting ourselves. Join us Tomorrow (Thursday) at 2 PM Eastern. Tips and tricks available. For the link, reply to this Newsletter or visit www.theBDR.net/TLG/

JOINT SBE/AES MEETING
The New York SBE 15 and AES chapters are having a joint meeting today at 3PM Eastern. The topic is Audio Streaming and the latest recommendations. Bob Orban, John Kean, Bob Katz join David Bialik.

You can join on their Facebook Page Live https://www.facebook.com/SBE15 or the AES Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/69458796689

RIF AT TV, TOO
Radio is not the only communications media that has suffered a lot of lost jobs recently. The TV industry has its share of issues, with reports that CBS is currently demanding more work from staff even as people and resources are getting axed.

STATION TOTALS
AM and FM station totals were reduced at the end of the year, but a big jump in translators and boosters raised the Grand Total.

5G BUFFER ZONES
The FAA and cell phone companies have set a buffer zone around 50 airports in the US to reduce the risk of interference with aircraft equipment when 5G is deployed on C-Band spectrum on January 19th. There is a debate over whether there will be a problem, but the FAA pushed hard to make the buffers larger until definitive measurements can be made.

REDUCED CONVENTION ATTENDANCE
CES Producer CTA reported a 75% drop in attendance from 2020. They said just over 45,000 people attended this month, while some 170,000+ were there in 2020.

AND ANOTHER CANCELLATION
This time it is NAPTE Miami cancelled due to the pandemic.

OPTILATOR GONE
There will be no more optilators.

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PRODUCT NEWS

The Telos Alliance
now has a V4.0 software upgrade for the Omnia.11, along with the Silvio Clipper, from Frank Foti. This free upgrade is available here - just register your Omnia.11 with its serial number. And join us at the Lunch Gathering next week as Frank discusses what is new!

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Kintroinc Labs has a change of leadership. Joshua King has taken over from his father, Tom, as President/CEO. No changes are expected in relation to customer services.

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More news from manufacturers (and links) are at: www.thebdr.net/manufacturers-news

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Do You Remember? This week in history:
Broadcast related items:

  • 32 years ago (1/13/1990) MC Hammer released his major hit "U Can't Touch This" ... and the pants that no one wears today!
  • 35 years ago (1/10/87) NRSC-1 went into effect to establish AM emphasis/de-emphasis curves and end the Modulation Wars.
  • 41 years ago (1/15/81) "Hill Street Blues" began its run
  • 43 years ago (1/13/79) The YMCA filed suit against the Village People over the hit single "Y.M.C.A." *
  • 46 years ago (1/10/76) C.W. McCall hit #1 on the charts with the CB song, "Convoy."
  • 48 years ago (1/12/74) Steve Miller hit #1 with "The Joker."
  • 50 years ago (1/15/72) Don McLean’s "American Pie" hit #1 for the first of four weeks.*** The single ran 8:36, requiring both sides of the 45 for the whole song.
  • 50 years ago (1/12/72) Al Green hit #1 with "Let's Stay Together."
  • 54 years ago (1/13/68) Johnny Cash performed the two shows that were recorded at Folsom Prison.
  • 59 years ago (1/12/63) "Go Away Little Girl" by Steve Lawrence hit #1.
  • 63 years ago (1/12/59) Berry Gordy started the Tamla Record Company with $800 borrowed funds**
  • 73 years ago (1/10/49) RCA introduced the 45 RPM record. It was probably less than a day later when the first radio engineer glued an insert on a 33 so the 45 could be more easily slip-cued on the air.
  • 112 years ago (1/13/1910) the wireless transmission of a live Metropolitan Opera was an experiment and publicity stunt conducted by inventor Lee de Forest.
  • 115 years ago (1/15/1907) Lee de Forest patented his Audion tube.

... also there are a couple of more newsy items:

  • 15 years ago (1/9/07) Apple revealed the first iPhone.
  • 22 years ago (1/10/20) AOL-Time Warner was formed.
  • 55 years ago (1/15/67) Super Bowl I saw the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
  • 58 years ago (1/11/64) The Surgeon General stated there was a definite link between smoking and cancer.****
  • 100 years ago (1/11/1922) insulin was first used to treat diabetes in humans.
  • 118 years ago (1/12/1904) Henry Ford set a land speed record - 91.37 mph - in a wooden car.
  • 121 years ago (1/10/1901) a drilling derrick near Beaumont, TX went down 1000 feet and produced an enormous gusher of crude oil, signaling the advent of the American oil industry.
  • 124 years ago (1/11/1908) President Theodore Roosevelt made the Grand Canyon a national monument.

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* The YMCA dropped the suit and made the song their unofficial jingle.

**One year later it was renamed Motown Records.

*** The single ran 8:36, requiring both sides of the 45 for the whole song.

**** United States Surgeon General Luther Terry knew his report was a bombshell. He intentionally chose to release it on the weekend.

WEDNESDAY BONUS

If you really have a lot of time, there are some interesting points here: "Where Did It All Start? A Chronological History of the Development of Radio"

And do not forget the video.

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