Weekly Tech Reminders: Audio Editing, Tower Lighting & More

An excerpt from this week’s Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes
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The following is from the�Alabama Broadcasters Association�s�weekly e-newsletter, Monday Morning Coffee and Technical Notes. Thanks to ABA�s Larry Wilkins. To subscribe to the newsletter, email�lwilkins@al-ba.com.

2018 ITEMS

2018 appears to be a very busy year in the broadcasting arena. Here is a partial list of items that will be addressed in the New Year.

1. As of Jan. 8, broadcast stations will no longer be�required to staff or maintain a main�studio location. As a reminder, however, they will need to maintain a local or toll-free�telephone number and, until their local public inspection file is entirely moved online, must�maintain a hard-copy file at an accessible location in their community of license.

2. All full-power and Class A television stations repacked as a result of the incentive auction�must file a report in LMS by Jan. 10 detailing their progress toward completion of�the transition.�

3. The FCC will open a window for LPTV and TV translator stations displaced by the incentive auction to file displacement applications.

4. The FCC will open a window for AM stations to file for a new FM translator Jan. 25�31. This filing is only for AM stations that were not identified for rebroadcast by a�translator in either of the 2016 translator modification windows�or the 2017 cross-service FM�translator auction filing window.

5. March 1 is the deadline for all Radio stations to have their public files�uploaded to the�FCC online web site.�


Most radio stations are now using some type of digital audio workstation (DAW) software in their production rooms. There is a neat feature I discovered that makes the editing of the vocal track faster and sound a lot better.

It is called "punch and roll". If you are not familiar with this procedure here is how it works. If you are reading a piece of copy and you make a mistake, simply select the beginning of the phrase that you messed up, when you push record the file jumps back several seconds (selected in the setup) and begins playing back. The announcer can read along with themself, getting the pacing and voice inflection the same, then at the selected edit point, the software will automatically drop into record....you just keep reading.

This make the edit point sound natural with what came before.

Don Baarns with Red Baarns Audio


As we mentioned in the last newsletter, the Alabama State Emergency Communications Committee maintains an EAS map book which includes monitor assignments for all broadcast stations in the state. This database is to aid the committee in assuring that all EAS participants can receive the required National and State alerts/test.

We would appreciate you filling out this short survey and returning ASAP. You may email the report to Larry Wilkins or fax to 205-982-0015.

EAS Database survey

The SECC also maintains an ftp monitor server that receives reports automatically from EAS units around the state. This aids the committee is its efforts to insure that all National and State EAS test and alerts are distributed correctly around the state. At present we are monitoring 114 Sage Endecs. If you have a Sage Endec and are not set up to report to the server, please let us know. Television stations with DasDec may also send reports by adding the email alabamasecc@gmail.com to you weekly test report email user list.�

FCC Rules Review: Tower lightning

17.47(a)(1),(2): "The owner of any antenna structure which is registered with the Commission and has been assigned lighting specifications in this part shall make an observation of the antenna structure's lights at least once each 24 hours either visually or by observing an automatic properly maintained indicator designed to register any failure of such lights, to insure that all such lights are functioning properly as required; or alternatively shall provide and properly maintain an automatic alarm system designed to detect any failure of such lights and to provide indication of such failure to the owner."

17.48(a): "The owner of any antenna structure which is registered with the Commission and has been assigned lighting specifications referenced in this part shall report immediately by telephone or telegraph to the nearest Flight Service Station or office of the Federal Aviation Administration any observed or otherwise known extinguishment or improper functioning of any top steady burning light or any flashing obstruction light, regardless of its position on the antenna structure, not corrected within 30 minutes. Such reports shall set forth the condition of the light or lights, the circumstances which caused the failure, the probable date for restoration of service, the FCC Antenna Structure Registration Number, the height of the structure (AGL and AMSL if known) and the name, title, address, and telephone number of the person making the report."