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RF Shorts - September 11, 2009

  • • Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich criticized area TV stations for their lack of coverage of the largest fire in the county's history. In an article on

    "Surely informing the public of life and safety measures, evacuation centers, is more vital than the wall-to-wall coverage that we've seen of the custody fights for Michael Jackson's and Britney Spears' children," Antonovich said.

    Residents in areas affected by the fire also criticized TV fire coverage while TV stations defended their coverage and pointed to their use of new media such as web sites and Twitter to disseminate fire information as alternatives to TV transmitters.
  • • Some people appreciated TV broadcasters' coverage of the fire. TV transmitter engineer Dennis Doty overheard one Mt. Wilson firefighter comment that the firemen depended on off-air TV newscasts to get updated fire operations information when they were on the fire line and in their camps.
  • • In case you hadn't noticed, portable DTV sets are now available on-line and in retail stores at prices around $129. Target has had portable battery operated 7-inch DTV receivers on sale at less than $100.
  • • If you are wondering how the fire has changed the Mount Wilson area, see Susan McAlister's Images from the Angeles Crest.

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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.