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emergency services radio system, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently granted an
extension of the VHF/UHF narrowbanding deadline and noted that the County’s case met the high
standard for the granting of a waiver.
The FCC deadline for organizations to restrict their bandwidth use is January 1, 2013. Noting the progress
St. Johns County has made in transitioning from VHF band to an 800 MHz system, the Commission
stated that strict application of the narrowbanding rules would force the County to spend significant time
and money to narrowband a system it intends to abandon shortly thereafter. At the request of St. Johns
County, the FCC also granted similar waivers to all municipalities within the County.
“In granting the deadline waiver, the FCC acknowledged the significant amount of time and resources we
have dedicated to planning and executing the transition to a modernized intergovernmental radio system.”
said Carl Shank, St. Johns County Fire Rescue Chief. “Interoperable and reliable communications will
greatly improve the capabilities and safety of all St. Johns County emergency services providers to better
serve our residents and visitors to this area.”
St. Johns County entered into a contract in December 2011 to purchase eleven radio towers and an 800
MHz intergovernmental radio system capable of supporting and providing interoperable communications
between all public safety agencies and government services. The new system is projected to be
operational within the first 90 days of 2013. The extended FCC deadline of June 30, 2013 provides ample
time to complete construction, installation, and testing of the new system. The FCC noted that the new
radio system will significantly upgrade the County’s communications capabilities, improve the safety and
reliability of public safety operations, and better serve the public interest.
Source: St. Johns County BOCC
I couldn’t believe my ears Monday morning when I tuned in to see what was happening. Did I have the wrong radio station? Had the circus commandeered our precious information resource ? What the hell???
I expected to hear Ft Collins news talk radio station 600 KCOL to be pumping out information about the High Park Fire: You know the stuff we residents need right now during a raging wild fire. The latest evacuations, escape routes, where is the Red Cross located? Where can I eat? Where can I sleep?. Is there a medical team , my aunt is having a hard time breathing? Where are are some clean clothes? What roads are open.? Is my house still standing.? Little things like that.
Instead I got the idiot team of Al Malmberg and Sue Sutton acting as though they were on vacation in Disneyland. Worse they were having endless banal jokes about duct tape, her husband, their weight as though the city was not on fire at all. Their insensitivity and and complete lack of broadcast news professionalism is the reason for this column.
This radio station failed so completely to be there for Ft Collins in its greatest time of need, the entire morning show should be fired. The GM should be fired. And Clear channel the corporate vampire should absolutely lose it license to operate this radio station.
When I called Sue and Al, they were insulted that I dare question their programming decisions. They absolutely did not understand why they should suspend all programming and help the community while it burned. That is the chief criteria for an FCC license: Be good stewards of the airwaves we entrust in you. They could have taken calls, brought in volunteers, gotten out information, listened to the fire scanners. Did they do any of that? Hell no. They twiddle twaddled each other. These two are the worst kind of incredibly stupid broadcasters. So thoughtless.
When I talked to the Managing director of the FCC in Washington, he launched an immediate investigation of Al, Sue and KCOL. Nicky Shears the special agent in charge of Colorado called me. She was incensed by the morning show. ” I have been listening and they are not doing much on the fire. I understand your concerns and the concerns of the city. Frankly we are concerned. Every 15 minutes they give very brief update” she said. ”We are taking the KCOL situation very seriously and it will not end here, I assure you.” she said.
What could the FCC do. ?? Suspend the KCOL license, yank the million dollar investment from Clear Channel and hand it to a real community minded person for $1.00. They could do that.
Since KCOL radio in Fort Collins Colorado has clearly violated the spirit of broadcasting, the FCC will likely enact some law that will force the local radio station to go on the air and help with the disaster.
To make matters even worse KCOL pumped out Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and other haters all day and night and never addressed the fire at all.
Jann Scott’s Journal
Now we have Educational access TV which is highly censored by the school board and de facto the city of Boulder. Of course the FCC nor the Boulder city council have any say in the Internet, this column, anything said or performed on Jann Scott Live my internet TV show.
Youtube of course censors based on this thing they call community standards. Read> if they don’t like what you say you are gone from You Tube. This happens quite a lot with You tube, but is rarely reported.
The supreme Court will be taking up a case where they will discuss whether or not you will be able to say bad words on Broadcast TV after 10pm. It will probably pass.
But we still walk on thin ice in this country when it comes to freedom of speech. There are all sorts of people, groups and group think that frown on it. Twitter, You tube and Face book are 3 powerful media outlets who control how you interact. The are all dangerous.
But I have seen enough to be wary. Especially the Hitler Youth of Social media. People like Andrew Hyde and his ilk who seek to control media. Or that Red Head writer. They drink the cool aide. meaning they are the cry baby controls.
from the not so free speech capitol