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(12/18/2012 12:01:10 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Well said, Eric.

Hopefully the December 10 cover story on RADIO
INK, "Surviving SANDY" will find some desk tops the corner window offices. Giff

- Dave GIff Gifford
(12/18/2012 11:20:30 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
"Brazil: HD Radio Test Results"

"After extensive testing of Both HD Radio and DRM, the Secretary of the Ministry of Communications Electronic Communications, Genildo Lins, said the tests of the two technologies have had poor results, especially high power FM... That being duly noted, results show a 112 KW EIRP analog station with a 1.12 KW digital carrier that is unusable 6 miles from the transmitter site in some areas."

(12/18/2012 7:13:04 AM)   Flag as inappropriate content
I only heard two syndicated shows - Mark Levin on Friday and Monica Crowley on Saturday. Both said from the heart how horrible it was, then ended every sentence with a 'But. . .' and went on to rail against democrats trying to score points off a tragedy with their gun control ideals. Levin called them 'A disgrace.'

It was disappointing. I didn't want conflict in those 24 hours. I didn't want a debate on gun owner rights. But they have no act without hating the other side. It's boring.

- Godzilla
(12/17/2012 5:39:35 PM)   Flag as inappropriate content
Americans have been slaughtering each other at industrial levels and with ever-better technologies for decades. The U.S.A tops the world in gun-related murders, accidental killings and suicides.

When an event of the nature of what transpired on Friday is revealed, the nation recoils in horror and disgust. Even while individuals and affected communities mourn, there is still an inbred (and some would argue "necessary") response of coping or "carrying on".

Commercial radio stations continuing with (mostly) standard broadcast routines does not reflect with any particular callousness or lack of awareness that powerful values and ideals have just been severely challenged. But, not decimated. Rather, a coping mechanism has been engaged - usually, I suspect, with some forethought.

Even as radio attempts to move through these days with a commonality of regular programming, it can be certain that this vicious and insane act will not be far from anybody's mind.

Whether the debate has now gathered a momentum that can carry it to a reasonable and useful conclusion - and remedial action - remains to be seen.

Radio will have every opportunity to contribute to the debates and engage in the arguments that are sure to follow.

As a foreigner and invited guest, I can only comment on what is a typically American scenario.
People kill people. Guns kill people. But, in all the western democracies, Americans with access to automatic weapons kill more people than in any other country. And it is American who will decide what happens to address that fact. Or, it will be Americans who will be doing more of the mourning in future.

- Ronald T. Robinson

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