Category: Engineering & ABIP

Reserve Your 2020 ABIP Inspection Now

Scheduling has begun for the 2020 Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP).  The MAB conducts these alternative inspections regionally from April to October. Every broadcaster wants to be in full compliance with FCC rules, but finding out that you are not in compliance by receiving an FCC fine, can be a costly learning experience. The Michigan Association… read more

Alpha Media’s Geary Morrill Joins SBE Board

At the SBE National Meeting held October 16 in Middleton (Madison), Wisconsin, Saginaw-based Alpha Media Regional Director of Engineering Geary Morrill was formally inducted to a 2-year term on the SBE Board of Directors.  This follows an announcement in August by the Society following a month-long ballot process with its members.  Morrill is a long-time… read more

WION Hosts 2019 SBE Picnic

On Thursday, August 15, 2019, WION Radio in Ionia hosted broadcast engineers from SBE Chapter 102 (West Michigan/Grand Rapids) and SBE Chapter 91 (Lansing/Mid Michigan) on the lawn of the radio station for Chapter 102’s annual picnic. The Mid Michigan group was invited by the West Michigan chapter to come and take in the event… read more

ATSC 3.0 Build Out Plans Announced for Top 40 Markets

At the 2019 NAB Show, a broad coalition of broadcast television station groups – including both network owned-and-operated stations and affiliates, as well as public broadcasters — today announced plans to deploy Next-Gen TV in the 40 largest U.S. TV markets by the end of 2020. The announcement includes Fox Television Stations, NBCUniversal Owned Television… read more

Sage Releases ENDEC Firmware Upgrade

RadioWorld reports that EAS equipment maker Sage Alerting Systems has announced a firmware upgrade for its ENDEC Model 3644.  The upgrade, #89-32, adds Blue Alert functionality. Blue Alerts are warnings about police that may be in trouble or are issuing a related emergency message. They are currently voluntary. The company adds, “The release notes also address… read more

The Importance of Assessing the Safety and Security of Broadcast Stations and Their Personnel

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, A topic not much discussed among broadcasters, but one that should be paramount in the future planning of all broadcast companies, is insuring the security of their stations and the safety of their employees. This is an issue on which all broadcasters should be focusing. Last month, the Wisconsin… read more

C-Band Satellite Registration Deadline Next Week

A reminder to broadcasters that next Wednesday, October 17 is the deadline to register C-Band satellite dishes. The FCC is exploring allowing additional users into this spectrum, and has warned that only registered users of the spectrum will be entitled to any protections against any new users who may be authorized. As previously published in… read more