10.08.2009 05:10 AM
SBE EAS Committee Gets New Chairman
Freinwald is stepping down from the board of the Society of Broadcast Engineers
due to term limits and also leaving his post as chairman of the EAS Committee
for the same reason.
That was one of the nuggets of news to come out of the national SBE meeting
Wednesday in upstate New York.
Freinwald, who is identified as closely as anyone in the industry with EAS (and
who is a past recipient
of Radio World’s Excellence in Engineering Award), says he’s
served on the SBE board and chaired the EAS committee for a decade. But he will
continue working with the committee, “as will others” under the new chairman,
Ralph Beaver. Beaver operates Media Alert based in Tampa, Fla.
To sum up the latest regarding FEMA’s 180-day “shot clock”--the turnaround time
in which stations will have to install equipment that can handle the new Common
Alerting Protocol--Freinwald said that clock will probably start ticking away
in mid-2010 and that equipment manufacturers have said they will have enough
supply. The new equipment will be easier to work with, once station personnel
are trained on it, he predicts, because it will be networkable and
IP-addressable. -- From Radio World’s Leslie Report