FCC Proposes Nationwide Broadband Public Safety Network 

The FCC has proposed setting aside spectrum for a new nationwide broadband IP emergency communications network.

War of the Worlds, Belgian Style 

Last week, Belgium got its own taste of the power of broadcasting to create mass public fear. And it was, just as with the Orson Welles broadcast, all in the name of art.

NAB Accepting 2007 Engineering Achievement Award Nominations 

Each year since 1959, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to an individual for his outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry.

Cooley to Keynote NAB Radio Luncheon 

Brian Cooley, the editor at large of CNET.com, will deliver the keynote address during the NAB Radio Luncheon, on Tuesday, April 17 during NAB2007 in Las Vegas.

FCC Eliminates Morse Code Requirements for Hams 

The FCC has removed the 5 words per minute exam requirement for General Class and Amateur Extra Class operator licenses.

Future of Music Coalition: Radio Consolidation Hurts 

The Future of Music Coalition (FMC) released a report called False Premises, False Promises: A Quantitative History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry that documents the effects of radio station ownership consolidation on musicians and the public.

FCC Appoints Members for WARN Committee 

The Warning Alert and Response Network (WARN) Act directed the FCC to appoint members to serve on the Commission's Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee. FCC Chairman Kevin Martin will chair the Committee.

SBE Announces 2006 Leader Skills Seminar Dates 

The SBE offers the two-part series in cooperation with instructor Richard Cupka. Both courses are being offered in Indianapolis in 2007.

ABC Reduces Transponder Power on AMC-8 

ABC Radio sent a letter to its affiliates stating that the transponder the company uses, transponder 23 on AMC-8, to deliver programming to ABC Starguide receivers will operate at a reduced power at various times until Jan. 3, 2007. After Jan.3, 2007, the power reduction will be permanent.

FCC Tweaks FM Allotment and City of License Rules 

In a Report and Order, the FCC has made some changes to its procedures for allotting and assigning channels, classes and communities of license for AM and FM broadcast stations.

SBE's Ennes NAB2007 Theme is Everything Audio 

The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) will again be the organizing partner with the NAB for the upcoming Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC) at NAB2007, to be held April 14 to April 19 in Las Vegas.

HD Radio Multicasts Must Carry EAS on Dec. 31 

With the coming of the new year comes an EAS requirement of which many FM stations may not be aware.

FCC Sets Agenda Media Ownership Hearing in Nashville 

The Federal Communications Commission has set the date and location for the hearing regarding media ownership: Dec. 11, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Belmont University.

New National Symbol for Emergency Management 

The heads of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Homeland Security Preparedness Directorate, and representatives of state and local emergency managers unveiled a new logo for emergency management

FRC Launches Interactive Public Safety Map 

The First Response Coalition (FRC) has unveiled an interactive 50-state map of the United States designed to provide residents in every state instant access to up-to-date local public safety news and information.

FCC Orders Economic Studies as Part of Media Ownership Rules Review 

The FCC will conduct 10 economic studies as part of its review of its media ownership rules

NPR Posts List of Recommended HD Radio Receivers 

Looking for an HD Radio receiver? NPR Labs has published this list of four recommended radios.

Senate Confirms Martin as FCC Chairman 

The Senate has confirmed Kevin Martin as commissioner and chairman of the Federal Communications Commission for a second term.

Content Depot Begins Service 

On Nov.1, 2006, the Public Radio Satellite System (PRSS) began distributing programming through its new delivery system called Content Depot.

Don't Sell Morning Drive Short 

The fear among sellers of radio is that this once sought-after daypart would lose much of its appeal and thus pricing power. If you can find higher-rated dayparts, why should buyers pay a premium for morning drive?

AAC Option Added to Eureka 147 

World DMB has released further details of its plans to create a choice of audio coding for digital audio broadcasting (DAB).

FCC Announces Next Public Hearing on Media Ownership 

The FCC's second public hearing on media ownership issues will be held in Nashville, TN, on Dec. 11, 2006.

Media Audit, Ipsos Plan Houston Rating Trials 

As part of the companies' joint effort to develop an electronic ratings survey system, the Media Audio and Ipsos are planning to conduct a market trial in Houston.

FCC Issues NPRM on Effects of Towers on Migratory Birds 

The FCC seeks comment on whether scientific evidence supports such a requirement and, if so, how it should be implemented. The FCC also seeks comment on other measures that might be considered with regard to the effects of towers on migratory birds.

Inventor of the Web fears for its future 

According to an article on the Broadcast Engineering magazine website, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, developer of the Internet’s World Wide Web, is concerned about his invention being misused.

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