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Top 5 Tuesday – Why Radio People Get Fired

Top 5 Reasons Radio People Get Fired:

5. Still haven’t figured out a way to block under-aged girls from calling late-night deejays

4. The good news is: you’re #1. The bad news is the demographic you nailed are all on Medicare.

3. Never tweet a joke about the station’s biggest automotive client where you refer to him as “…that bait-and-switch jalopy sheister.”

2. The automation software never tells the Program Director to “…suck it, you amateur.”

And the #1 Reason Radio People Get Fired:

1. The studio should never smell like the open bar at a Greek wedding.

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This Week in Radio History: 8/25 – 8/31

August 26 On this day in 1873 Lee De Forest was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the inventor of the Audion vacuum (radio) tube. More on the Founding Fathers of Radio…

August 28 On this day in 1922, WEAF in New York City aired the first radio commercial. It was for a Queensboro Realty and cost $100 dollars for 10 minutes.

August 29 On this day in 1958 – Alan Freed’s “Big Beat Show” opened at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. Alan Freed is the Cleveland DJ who coined the term “Rock and Roll”. More about Alan Freed…

August 31 On this day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama bringing catastrophic devastation. The only New Orleans radio station to stay on the air with only temporary interruption was WWL-AM. More about Katrina and WWL-AM…

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Pandora to Ditch 40-hour Listening Cap on Free Mobile Music Streaming

Good news for Pandora listeners. That 40-hour-per-month listening cap that was announced back in February is being lifted so you can start enjoying unlimited music streaming once again starting on September 1st.

The cap announced six months ago was actually the second one Pandora put in place in order to cope with increasing royalty costs. CFO Mike Herring said that other cost-controlling techniques like skip limits have allowed the company to lift the listening cap, and improved relationships with advertisers mean that those unlimited free listening hours can still be monetized.

  • List of apps for music streaming

When the second cap was announced earlier this year, Herring noted that listening usage dropped by around 10 percent. While he doesn’t expect a massive spike in listening hours once the cap is removed for the second time, usage is hoped to increase.

Pandora is one of the top Internet Radio services online today, but with Apple’s iTunes Radio moving into its territory along with other popular music streaming services like Songza, and even paid apps like Spotify and Rdio, it’s unclear whether or not Pandora will be able to keep its top spot among the competition.

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Don Imus is Still Radio’s Top Cowboy

I took some time this week to watch Don Imus’ radio show on Fox Business Network. (And yes, I realize the irony in saying I’m listening to radio on the TV.) I have been a fan of Imus for a very long time and in my view, he can do little wrong. I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea and surely over the years he has been too controversial for some and offensive to others. But, if there is anyone who typifies how a radio personality should conduct himself, it’s Don Imus. Read more and I’ll explain. (Photo Credit: © WABC-AM/New York)
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Chicago’s WGN: Shake Up and Make Over

Juding from reports like that at chicagotribune.com, it’s a little bit of both. Under new managerial direction, the famed powerhouse station. “Paying tribute to a legacy station whose lineup was purged several years ago in a largely unsuccessful bid to reinvent itself, WGN is returning to its own radio roots,” writes Robert Channick for the Tribune. (Right: Garry Meier from WGN/Chicago. Screenshot: www.wgnradio.com)

WGN will debut the new lineup on September 3 which will including putting back some famous Second City personalities like Steve Cochran and Kathy & Judy. Bob Sirott and his wife will be probably be doing a midday show and Garry Meier will remain in afternoons. Then there’s current morning man, Jonathon Brandmeier who is being moved to a web destination called wgnfm.com.

That’s what I love about today’s technology. In the old days, if you had a contract and the station was done with you, you usually sat on the beach and waited it out. These days management can create a website and banish you to it.

There are more familiar personalities coming back for to fill out the schedule. Judging from this first burst of activity, fans of WGN are about to get a great station back.

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New Orleans Saints

NFC South: Saints Come Marching Back!

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The NFC South is one of the newer divisions in the NFL, but one of the most successful, evenly matched and certainly one of the most fun to watch.

Every team in the division has played in a conference championship and every one has played in a Super Bowl.

Since 2002, when the division was formed, every team has won the division at least twice, so it’s a very evenly matched division.

In terms of entertainment value, from a fan’s perspective, the NFC South has some of the most exciting and wide-open, pass-happy offenses to watch.

By the way, did you see where Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton said Tampa Bay secretly believes starting quarterback Josh Freeman can’t play, and that they are grooming rookie Mike Glennon to take over pronto?

“Josh Freeman has proven to me that he can’t play,” Tarkenton said in a radio interview with WDAE.

What do you think? Is Josh Freeman bogus? I mean, the guy did throw for over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns last year.

And can the Saints, with newly returned coach Sean Payton, break Atlanta’s stranglehold on the division? Will they at least finish better than last year’s 7-9?

Here is what I think, based on training camp and preseason film, as well as extensive interviews with league sources.

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This Week in Radio History: 8/18 – 8/24

8/20 – On this day in 1920 the first commercial radio station, 8MK, later WWJ in Detroit, began broadcasting daily. More from this day… (Screenshots: bbg.gov)

8/21 – On this day in 1968 Russia once again began jamming broadcasts of the Voice of America radio after a five year cessation. More from this day…

8/24 – On this day in 1946, The Pacifica Foundation was incorporated in the State of California. Pacifica operates several “listener supported” Radio stations across the U.S. More from this day…

More: Radio History for Any Day

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Inventions are Interdependent

microphoneThe first microphone was a telephone transmitter invented by Emile Berliner for Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. The invention of radio, spurred the invention of better quality broadcasting microphones.

The computer is another good example of a complex invention that required the energy of many inventors to create. In fact, the computer is actually a collection of many different inventions.

Lee Fleming and Olav Sorenson describe the process in their article The Dangers of Modularity, “Start with a simple premise: Inventions result from the combination of components (either physical things or ideas) in new and useful ways. As a gross simplification, one might think of the automobile as an amalgamation of various preexisting parts, including the steering wheel and gears of a bicycle; the wheels, axles, and general structure of a horse-drawn carriage; and the internal combustion engine. The interdependence of the components has an enormous effect on the pace and complexity of the innovation process.”

Illustration Mary Bellis - Microphone used in Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone.

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Dusting Off the old CB Radio for Highway Use

The State Troopers in the state where I live just announced they were introducing new low-profile vehicles. In other words: they’ve changed the playing field in this cat-and-mouse game we play while on the highway. Sure, I’m an upstanding citizen but I have been known to fudge on the speed limit from time to time. My cell phone is great for emergencies but with a CB Radio, I’ll have real-time information from other drivers about “A Kojak with a Kodak.” Read more. (Right: Actor Telly Savalas as ‘Theo Kojak’, 1973, Public Domain)
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Public Safety Networks Report

E911 Location Failures – What’s up?

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The popular belief is:

[When you dial 911, your call ends up in a massive modern control room like environment that could be easily mistaken for NASA with all the latest bells and whistles that tells the 911 call taker exactly who you are, what you're calling about, and your precise location]


Well, that might be the way it works on TV and in the movies, but the fact of the matter is the majority of 911 centers or PSAPs in the United States (about 80% of them in fact according to NENA) are only 2 to 4 answering positions. While the large “mega-centers” do exist in cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, they are certainly the smallest percentage.

Likewise there’s a mass misperception by the general public on the technology that a 911 call taker has at their fingertips. To those of my readers that are in the industry, it’s no great secret that the only “information” that is received on a 911 call is a telephone number, and the local equipment uses that phone number to query the telephone company database for the subscriber information resulting in the address. While that’s technology that is useful for residential fixed endpoints such as land lines where a telephone number equals a physical street address, that method of location discovery is completely useless for a device that is mobile by nature such as a cellular telephone.

Since cellular phones can be used anywhere in the country, when they make a 911 emergency call the number that is displayed initially at the 911 center, is a special number that is actually representative of the tower that is handling the call. This is known as “Phase I” location reporting. This number is called a pANI (pseudo Automatic Number Identification). While this provides the 911 call taker with a very general area that the call is coming from, it is initially used for determining what 911 center needs to get the call. All cellular calls, that’s right ALL OF THEM, initially arrive at the 911 center with Phase I location information.

While the call taker is working the call, about 8 to 15 seconds later, the 911 equipment makes a second query on the pANI number received, and by this time the cellular network should have been able to determine a more precise location of the caller, and returns that information along with subscriber data in what is called Phase II location information. Depending on the technology used to locate the device, the information is also assigned a reliability or accuracy score.

When the planets are all in alignment, and the 911 gods are shining down upon the network, this can produce fairly accurate location information, and in fact the FCC mandates that carriers provide this level of location accuracy on a certain percentage of calls. Now that you have the background information, here’s the earth shattering news that was published earlier this week in a letter to Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn by CalNENA president Danita L. Crombach, ENP.

The letter cites several alarming factors that came to light after a study of real-time data over a two-year period by public safety analytics company Public Safety Network. The data focused on the amount of cellular phone calls that had received Phase II data by the completion of the call.

The report focused on four areas within the state, San Francisco, San Jose, Bakersfield and Ventura County and noted that statewide, 45% of wireless 911 calls lacked Phase II data, with some areas such as Ventura County lacking that critical location information on more than 50% of the calls. Was it a particular carrier worse than the others? Not really, although some were better and some were worse the problem was consistent across all five major carriers (AT&T, Metro PCS, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) and the report shows that even under the best scenario accuracy never surpassed 64% in December 2012.

Public Safety Networks Report

There’s quite a bit of speculation why these numbers indicate the problem is getting worse. While no specific hard analytical data was collected to define the root cause of the problem, it’s generally accepted among experts in the industry that to specific phenomena contribute to the problem. The first is the fact that cellular device saturation in the United States is estimated to be at 103%, meaning a device for every person in the country, plus a little. That first factoid directly leads to the second, where people are using their devices more and more inside of buildings and what the report calls “urban canyons”.

iStock_000002375961Small.jpgThe urban canyon actually has two negative effects on cellular location discovery. The first is the fact that GPS signals typically need to be what’s called “line of sight” and therefore do not penetrate steel and concrete rendering them ineffective indoors. The second problem affects the backup location discovery mechanism typically used known as TDOA (Time Delay on Arrival). In layman’s terms, this is the time it took for the signal to travel between the transmitter (the cell phone) and the receiver (the cell tower). Given that radio waves travel at the speed of light, the distance between the two becomes a simple mathematical calculation. Using this information from two or more cellular towers, and old-fashioned radio triangulation can be used to pinpoint a transmitter’s location with surprising accuracy. Unfortunately cellular radio waves “bounce” off of buildings and do not travel in a direct line. These signal reflections, if severe enough, can actually increase the distance traveled skewing the calculation.

Bottom line, more people are carrying cell phones, therefore more people are making 911 calls from their cell phones, and people are within buildings during the work day. Add all of that together, and you come up with a decrease in accuracy statistic. Not because the problem got worse, but because more people are using the problematic method.

Now while this specific report covers California, one would imagine that this same phenomenon exists in every major metropolitan city across the US. So while communication habits have drastically changed with the multitude of smart devices now available at our fingertips, if we’re going to continue to enjoy an accurate level of public safety communications, the Federal Communications Commission is going to need to step in, and as the report states, “issue all necessary orders” to correct this problem.

So just bring this into full circle, if you have an enterprise PBX, and you feel that your cellular phone is a suitable replacement to addressing E911 within the enterprise, based on the information in this report you may want to think that over again.

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