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(5/10/2012 6:57:24 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
@Saul Levine (SMS ba.broadcast): AT%T and Verizon didn't even show up at the NAB/House meeting! They probably smelled the stench of Bob "The Booble" Struble on the NAB suits! I love this waste of time!
- LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(5/10/2012 6:55:47 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Sept 7 2011- a massive blackout wipes out power for more than 4 million people in Southern California. The majority of the commercial radio stations in San Diego go down with the blackout- most dont resume broadcasting until the blackout is over. The stations that werent taken out with the blackout are painfully ill-equipped to do any meaningful reporting. The cell networks stay up throughout, allowing locals to communicatelisten to the local Public Radio affiliate...via their app.
- Michael Anuka
(5/10/2012 6:49:37 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Easter 2010: a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits San Diego. None of the local radio outlets had the resources or live bodies in on a Sunday to do any meaningful reporting on the event until 20-30 mins after the fact. And by then, all of the info was widely available via Twitter, local news blogs, etc. I had already seen the USGS report (via a link on Twitter) before any local radio coverage kicked in.

- Michael Anuka
(5/10/2012 4:45:14 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
The utility to have Radio capability in mobile phones
is so obvious that it seems silly to even begin to state them. What is difficult to understand is the
magnitude of conversation about a feature that costs THIRTY CENTS. Even if someone does not feel the need to use such a feature, a charge of thirty cents (one time only) makes the issue insignificant.
If thirty cents is so significant to some people, lets
direct our attention to the billions of dollars in wasted spending by Government.

- Saul Levine
(5/10/2012 2:44:14 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
sorry for the reality distraction: FCC has mandated Amber Alert, emergency notification, sms notification via cell phone. they know that everyone carries a phone. no one carries a am/fm radio. and no amount of NAB politics will change that. no one in radio is keeping up with network, computers, technology, etc.
- rick
(5/10/2012 1:42:07 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Re: "Your comments reveal you as a cellular insider. If you're not, you're certainly anti radio but are you anti public safety, too?"

Mike, you sound very much like a Republican when someone challenges the party line - the challenger must be unpatriotic. Don't suppose it's occurred to you that someone could love the radio industry, and yet be vocal about it pursuing a dead-end route.

While you stuck with the old ways, hoping for business to rebound, there were many in the industry calling for drastic changes to bring radio up-to-date. I can pull quotes from 2002 asking how radio groups were going to pay for the insane buying spree that consolidation wrought. We now know; cuts, cuts, cuts, and more cuts.

It's been one misstep after another. It's time to pay the piper.

As for the safety issue, while we do have a few times when radio stations stay on-air to issue warnings, there have been multiple times when nobody's in the studio (or programming continues, just playing the hits). As recently as March 3, 2011, when Hawaii was on an early morning tsunami alert, the response by radio was pitiful - and that was even with Cox Radio on its "Emergency Coverage."

Perhaps the radio industry should start a public service campaign that's similar to what's done with smoke detectors? "Are your emergency radio's batteries fresh?" At least then we could spend time trying to improve radio's product, instead of chasing down a fantasy like forcing telcoms to add a chip in THEIR smart phones.

- Ken Dardis
(5/10/2012 11:04:13 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
@Mike F: So, you are admitting that no one listens to their terrestrial radios anymore. The cellular industry is working on their own EAS system, so this "safety issue" is just a ruse for Struble/NAB to backdoor HD Radio chipsets. I chuckled when I saw that comScore "study" two years ago that was sponsored by Struble that consumers would pay and extra $42 for HD Radio equipped cell phones. That "study" never showed up in comScore's database. The recent JD Power study on HD Radio is also an iBiquity ruse. There are a number of FM equipped cell phones, which is driven by consumer demand. This all smells of iBiquity, especiall when they tried to force HD RAdio into Satrad receivers. THERE WILL BE NO MANDATE! LMAO!!!
- I love this!

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