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(2/21/2011 3:24:37 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Not all radio stations have news personnel or even any partnership with a news provider so without EAS those stations either aren't going to air any news, or worse, are going to go with rumors. It's not hard to override EAS and for stations without a news department or someone with a background in news, it is better than nothing at all, especially in a small community where there are few sources of information.
- Robert Jackson
(2/21/2011 2:18:26 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
It is entirely the station's own fault. They have of the option of setting their equipment to hold or ignore that type of alert. What about all of the stations that do not do news? Should their listeners be left oblivious to the fact that roads are closed? Most stations will get the alert and talk about it on the air without broadcasting the buzzaps, and that works great.
- Radar
(2/21/2011 12:55:47 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
To Kevin: the great North Dakota myth has been debunked repeatedly, yet obviously some still believe it. The truth is that the local emergency managers charged with activating the system didn't know how to do it and didn't contact the stations because they were relying on their own out-of-date phone book. If the government still believes that this is a necessary safeguard then the government should pay for the R&D AND the implementation of it; not simply mandate that others pay for a system that
- George
(2/21/2011 12:30:01 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The system will certainly save lives IF it's allowed to do its job in the absence of people at a station! When I hear stations running basketball games while the automation plays music at the same time for two hours, I PRAY they have a good EAS box JUST in case anybody IS listening.

Per incident MANUAL overrides fix the problem of the system interrupting live emergency broadcasts.

Warnings should NEVER take a backseat to any other non-emergency related programming.

"Voluntary cooperation" is the LAST thing that should be allowed on stations, too. If a station doesn't want to serve the public interest, GIVE UP THE LICENSE!

The problem with NOAA freqs. is the problem with NOAA transmitters going down during an emergency, while their digital feeds stay up.

- John Van Pelt
(2/21/2011 12:04:12 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I seem to remember the story of a city in North Dakota. The radio stations in town failed to activate the EAS when a train full of nasty chemicals derailed outside of town. Turns out, there were no human beings who knew what do. All the stations were automated. No local news, no local board ops, nothin'. Saved some money but didn't save any lives.
- Kevin Vance
(2/21/2011 8:17:48 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The "new" EAS is simply another waste of money...MY MONEY. The EAS is notorious for failing. During every hurricane season in Louisiana the EAS has failed. It fails, not because of the technology, but rather the people. The old system was just fine. This new system will also fail, be slow and with the computer voices be incorrect. If the FCC wants to mandate this "junk" then let the FCC pay for it. All of this new technology will do nothing. I have said for years, use the NWS frequencies and technology for all EAS messages and let us buy NWS receivers, $39.95 as opposed to $2100.00....
Big savings!

- Harry Hoyler
(2/20/2011 8:13:15 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
This is short-sightedness at its finest. The EAS mission statement is to remain in place "if" there is some sort of catastrophic event. Luckily, the most catastrophic events we have are severe weather. The EAS system as it is functions without the need for a human board op in most cases, and rightfully so as more and more radio stations are pre-recording or VoiceTracking content. Stations can only report breaking news if someone is there to report it. Dismantling such a system as the EAS would be like getting rid a first aid kit because "no one can remember the last time we used it," or getting rid of fire extinguishers because "the building has never caught on fire."
- The Great Cassandra

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