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This Week's Newsletter

12/2/2020 - Greetings from the your broadcast friends out on the Desert...
Here are some things you might want to know about:

Ajit Pai who got many plaudits for being supportive of broadcasters has resigned and will leave the FCC on January 20th. Depending on how the Senate deals with the Simington nomination, the new President will need to nominate another Republican to take Pai's seat, and elevate someone to Chair.

From 8000 retail outlets to mostly an Internet presence (with 400 stores run by franchisees), Radio Shack is back under new ownership. Mostly, Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV) specializes in online retail, and plans some familiar and some new products under the Radio Shack brands.

If you haven't gotten your NRSC measurements for your AM station, there is just one month left in 2020 for the annual certification. Need someone to do the job? Here are some folks with good reputations. By the way, this is also a good time to have frequency measurements for your key equipment. Although frequency stability is much better than in past years, time and changing values of components can cause frequency drift. A frequency check is good insurance.

Digital audio consoles are not so scary if we realize they do the same thing, just with different technology. This week, we welcome Tag Borland at Logitek to discuss how we went from analog to digital studios, and what we need to know in installing and maintaining digital consoles.

As always, we are gathering at 2PM EST (11AM PDT) and welcome you to join us. If you need the URL, just stop at and let us know.

Yes, last Thursday was Turkey Day ... and Family Day - even if by Zoom. But the presentation "A Century of Broadcastings: Facts and Myths" with Dr. Donna Halper and your modest Editor is still available. We do invite your comment: Watch it here.

This week includes a BE AM-1A transmitter and a pair of 88-108 bandpass cavities. Plus, someone is looking for an Optimod XT2 6 Band limiter and Texar Prisms. And, someone needs an Auditronic 2500 manual. There is no charge for most ads for an individual. More info and you can take a look at the various items here.
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This week only BROADCAST DEPOT has a 1/3 off deal on an AVRA studio video package. Information is here.

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LAWO users will appreciate their recent major VSM 2020-2 release, which is available now by download from the Lawo website.

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More news from manufacturers (and links) are at:
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Do You Remember? This week in history:
Broadcast related items:
  • 3 years ago (11/29/17) Cumulus filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Stock was $0.15 per share.
  • 25 years ago (12/1/95) the FCC eliminated the Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit.
  • 40 years ago (12/5/80) Flash Gordon, the movie, with a theme song by Queen.
  • 41 years ago (12/3/79) Eleven people were killed in a stampede outside the Who concert in Cincinnati.
    (WKRP in Cinncinnati devoted a story line to the incident.)
  • 48 years ago (12/2/72) The Temptations earned their final #1 hit with "Papa Was A Rolling Stone."
  • 51 years ago (12/6/69) the Altamont Festival ended the 60s in violence.
  • 55 years ago (12/4/65) The Byrds' hit #1 for three weeks with "Turn, Turn, Turn," a song Pete Seeger adapted from Ecclesiastes.
  • 91 years ago (11/29/1929) NBC's Chimes first were used - bong, bong, bonnng.
  • 97 years ago (12/6/1923) the first presidential address on US radio. Which President? ***
... and here are some other historical events of interest:
  • 19 years ago (12/2/01) Rising out of a major corporate scandal, Enron filed for bankruptcy.
  • 53 years ago (12/3/67) The first successful heart transplant was accomplished.
  • 65 years ago (12/1/55) Rosa Parks is jailed in Montgomery AL for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus.
  • 73 years ago (11/29/47) The U.N. voted to partition Palestine, setting off decades of conflict.
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*** Calvin Coolidge was the first president to deliver an address to the nation via radio.


Remember "Golden Eye?" The climax came at the Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico, featuring the huge (450-foot) dish under a 900 ton platform. The ultimate climax, though, came this week, after initial damage that put the observatory out of business progressed to complete destruction of the site. The pictures shown here are pretty amazing.

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