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FCC Accepting Late Filings of ETRS Form One

Original deadline was Wednesday, July 3

Broadcasters who may not have met last week’s July 3 deadline for filing their ETRS Form One for the upcoming nationwide National Periodic Test of the emergency alert system are still able to file late, though the FCC’s ETRS team said in an email correspondence that any late filings “should be done right away.”

All EAS participants are required to renew their identifying information annually via the ETRS Form One, with a separate filing for each EAS decoder, encoder or units that combine decoder and encoder functions.



ETRS Form One

EAS Participants are reminded of the FCC requirement to update the information on Form One of the EAS Test Reporting System (ETRS). This must be completed before July 3rd, 2019. Filers must use their registered FCC Username that is associated with the FCC Registration Numbers (FRNs) for which they will file.

The ETRS form one is to prepare for the National EAS Test (NPT) scheduled for August 7th, 2019. It will be fed via the Primary Entry Point (PEP) network at 2:20 PM (Eastern Daylight Time). It will not be fed on the IPAWS network.



Spotify mimics the radio with a news and music playlist for drivers

All it’s missing is weather and traffic

Askley Carmen, The Verge

Spotify’s launching a new playlist called Your Daily Drive that will incorporate news podcasts. Starting today, US users will be able to listen to music they already enjoy, alongside new music recommendations, with some news podcast content sprinkled in. Anyone can access the playlist, regardless of whether they’re driving.

The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Public Radio International will provide the news audio clips. News and music will update throughout the day, unlike the platform’s other popular playlists. For instance, Discover Weekly only updates once a week, and other personalized playlists like Your Daily Mix only update once a day.



Next National EAS Test Is August 7, and Comes With a Twist

Lauren Lynch Flick, Comm Law Blog

Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) formally notified the FCC that FEMA has scheduled the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) for August 7, 2019 at 2:20 p.m.  FEMA states that this year’s test will differ from the nationwide tests that have been conducted over the past several years in that it will be issued through the National Public Warning System, composed of FEMA-designated Primary Entry Point facilities, to test the readiness of the EAS to function in the absence of Internet connectivity.

In other words, the August test is dependent on the ability of EAS to operate without a ‘net, reaching EAS Participants solely by over-the-air means. The initial report from FEMA and the FCC following the 2018 Nationwide EAS Test noted that almost 60% of participants received the test announcement first via the Internet-oriented Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), a significant increase from 41.9% in 2017.



Tuning in to the evolution of car radios

CBS News

It's the perfect "California Dreamin'" fantasy: Riding in a Mustang down Sunset Boulevard with the car radio going. Almost from the beginning, the radio has been our traveling companion, playing the song of the open road, or helping pass the time when the road isn't so open. From pop hits to preachers, and pretty much everything in-between, the car radio has been part our lives for almost 100 years.