Drones for Reporting

As floods and wildfires ravage the country this summer, it's quickly apparent that a new tool at the disposal of newsrooms across the country can help illustrate the scope of a story such as floods, wildfires and more.

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FCC Order Regarding State EAS Plans


On April 10, the FCC released its decision regarding filing EAS plans on line.  According to the FCC, “The Commission takes steps to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) by establishing the Alert Reporting System (ARS). The ARS will create a comprehensive online filing system for EAS by combining the existing EAS Test Reporting Federal Communications Commission FCC 18-39 2 System (ETRS) with a new, streamlined electronic system for the filing of State EAS Plans….”

The decision includes issues beyond simply the electronic filing of state EAS plans.  Depending on your state, this could result in some changes to your plan.  You may want to forward a copy of the decision to your state SECC. 

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Radio Station Apps Evolve At Exponential Pace.


Inside Radio

Over the air listening may continue to define the bread and butter of traditional radio, but mobile apps continue to beef up what broadcasters offer their audiences. While live streaming, on-demand content, social media and contesting have now become status quo in the app arena, evolution is a constant, as radio groups continue to extend their brands far beyond the airwaves.

In the modern-day radio world, there are perhaps three technologies that are reshaping traditional audio: smart speakers, podcasting and station apps. Inside Radio regularly reports on all and in fact, has offered readers three in-depth features covering the latter over just the past two years. That demonstrates just how rapidly app tech is evolving—and advancing.

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