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A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time this Wednesday, September 28, 2016. A secondary test date is October 5, 2016, "if necessary."
All EAS participants are required to participate in this nationwide test. This test will use the National Periodic Test (NPT) code, the location code for "All of United States." FIPS number: 000000; and will be issued via FEMA Open IPAWS.
There are two reports that must be filed with the FCC. One report is due by midnight eastern time the day of the test. Click below to see the forms and for more information:
The MAB is saddened to announce that past board member and owner of Barry Broadcasting, Ken Radant has passed away.
Kenneth Raymond Radant
January 1, 1936 - September 20, 2016
Ken’s radio career began in 1953, when as a senior in high school, he became a weekend disc jockey at WOAP in Owosso. He kept the job during his college years at Alma and Michigan State University, graduating from MSU in 1958.
Ken and Marjorie, his partner in life and WBCH, were married June 15, 1957. They moved to Hastings in 1958 after Ken accepted an air and news position at WBCH. He was made manager of the station in 1960, and the couple later purchased the station. Radant liked to say the W goes on all radio stations east of the Mississippi and the BCH stands for Barry County/Hastings. Those call letters served the station well when it decided to play country music, saying WBCH stands for World’s Best Country Hits.
First elected in 1968 to serve on the Barry County Board of Commissioners, Radant was reelected to seven consecutive two-year terms and chair for three terms. He was appointed by Gov. William Milliken and reappointed by Gov. James Blanchard as the state appointee to the Barry County Social Services Board, on which he served for 14 years. He was president of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and member of its board of directors for 45 years. He also sat on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters board of directors and the International Broadcaster’s Idea Bank.
A faithful and active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church since 1958, Radant served many years as a lay reader, treasurer, vestry member and on diocesan committees.
Ken’s funeral service will be at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (315 W Center St, Hastings, MI 49058) at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, with visitation with the family at 10 a.m.
Details of the arrangement are available here: http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Kenneth-Raymond-Radant-103964273
Stations: The FCC has released a new EAS Handbook (2016 Edition). A copy of the Handbook must be located at normal duty positions or EAS equipment locations when an operator is required to be on duty and be immediately available to staff responsible for administering EAS tests.
Download here: http://buff.ly/2bPW98j
MAB Washington Counsel David Oxenford has updated his Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters. The revised guide is much the same as the one that he published two years ago, formatted as Questions and Answers to cover many of the issues that come up for broadcasters in a political season. This guide is only that – a guide to the issues and not a definitive answer to any of the very fact-dependent legal issues that arise in election season. But we hope that this guide at least provides a starting point for the analysis of issues, so that station employees have a background to discuss these matters with ad buyers and their own attorneys.
Download the guide here.