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How a Radio Station Works : Radio Station Operation: Emergency Alert System

How a Radio Station Works : Radio Station Operation: Emergency Alert System


Alright, so that wraps it up for our session
here at Valley Free Radio. So things to remember are don’t forget. Watch your levels on the
board. Secondly, turn your mic off when, every time you’re done talking. Because it’s always
hilarious when you’re discussing things with your friends and everybody’s hearing it and
you don’t think they are. A third thing that we really didn’t cover at all is the Emergency
Alert System or EAS. You need to know about that if you’re a DJ at a studio that has EAS
in the studio. Our EAS is located at the transmitter site. So we never, we don’t even know, when
EAS is going off and it’s overriding our broadcast. It just happens. And it spits out a little
piece of paper that says that our EAS is functioning. It went on at such and such time and went
off at such and such a time. However, most stations have EAS systems that are actually
in the studio and you need to know how to work it. So we can’t show you that because
it’s somewhere else. So, thanks for listening to Valley Free Radio.

12 comments on “How a Radio Station Works : Radio Station Operation: Emergency Alert System

  1. @endotox1

    So is your station a third tier EAS station? Without the ability to Originate an EAS activation? I wonder how the local gov "Knows" the EAS situation in the local area and which stations they can use to get out a warning in case of danger?

  2. @Zachstar2000 Since I'm assuming they're not a local or state primary/relay source, they are not allowed per FCC rules to actually originate an EAS activation in the first place. The local government or emergency management agency, as well as the FCC, has designated local and state primary and relay sources in addition to backups, in which case they would be the first to receive messages from government officials, and stations such as this would simply rebroadcast them.

  3. @cks1001 It's not an FCC violation to not broadcast weekly/monthly tests manually if they don't receive them from stations they monitor, in which case they would have 60 days to determine the fault and repair it. Stations such as this don't have to do anything; their work consists of making sure they received tests from both their monitored sources, which are automatically rebroadcast.

  4. @tigerhop: Yeah, I know. Like when I'm somewhere on vacation, I wanna hear something FROM the area not something I can hear back at home anyday like satellite or my iPhone.

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