Mixed Reviews On National EAS Test
November 10, 2011

Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET, the first-ever national test of the Emergency Alert System took place, but a number of discrepancies were reported across the country. According to The New York Times, the issues primarily were reported by cable and satellite TV subscribers. Different cable subscribers reported hearing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" play instead of the EAS test, or their cable box simply switched the channel to QVC, or the test never appeared at all. Others reported the test happening minutes after it was scheduled to, or lasting longer than it was slated for.

However, part of the reasoning behind the national test was to try out this very issue: to see how well the system would work when triggered nationwide at the same time. "We always knew that there would probably be some things that didn’t work and some things that did," a FEMA official told the Times.

A statement was released yesterday from the multiple government agencies overseeing the test, saying, "This initial test was the first time we have tested the reach and scope of this technology and additional improvements that should be made to the system as we move forward. Only through comprehensively testing, analyzing and improving these technologies can we ensure an effective and reliable national emergency alert and warning system."

The agencies added they are looking forward to working with media companies to "improve this current technology and build a robust, resilient and fully accessible next generation alerting system that can provide timely and accurate alerts to the American people."

NAB EVP of Communications Dennis Wharton said in a statement, "Our initial feedback is that most radio and television stations ran the Nationwide EAS test successfully, although some isolated glitches may have occurred. We look forward to continuing to work with our federal partners to diagnose and improve the EAS system."




 
Breaking News
Nielsen Mid-Year Report: Overall U.S. Music Consumption Up 14%
July 2, 2015
Report: Facebook In Talks With Major Labels
In Brief - July 2, 2015
July 1, 2015
American General Media Names Picazzo Stevens PD At KAGM & KDLW/Albuquerque
Brandi Young Named SVP Of Sales For iHeartMedia Phoenix
Cumulus Media & Audioboom Announce Strategic Partnership
In Brief - July 1, 2015
June 30, 2015
iHeartRadio Takes Flight With Virgin America
Meredith Gardner & Josh Kahn Promoted To VPs of Digital Marketing & Product
In Brief - June 30, 2015
June 29, 2015
Alpha Media Louisville Names Otis Program Director/Afternoon Host At WDJX
Broadcasters Foundation Of America Names Dan Mason Co-Vice Chairman/Treasurer
JJ Kincaid Set To Wake Up Denver
BMG Acquires Verse Music Group
In Brief - June 29, 2015
June 26, 2015
eQB NOW
Sirius XM Agrees To Pay For Recordings Released Before 1972
Cumulus Names Troy Hanson PD At WKQX/Chicago
Brandon "Buster" Satterfield Joins Atlantic Records
June 25, 2015
Taylor Swift To Put 1989 On Apple Music
WLTW/New York To Celebrate 15 Years Of Broadway In Bryant Park
Report: Six Main Causes of Lost Quarter Hours
June 24, 2015
iHeartMedia Austin Names Zach Dillon Program Director For KHFI
Music News
Demi Lovato Is Feeling "Cool for the Summer"
Quick Hits: Rihanna, Taylor Swift / album sales, Prince
Rockers Breaking Benjamin Land Their First #1 Album
Quick Hits: Rihanna, Robin Thicke, Apple Music, Prince
Chris Brown, Beyoncé Top BET Award Winners
Quick Hits: Shinedown, Rob Thomas, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Kings of Leon
Yes Bassist Chris Squire Passes Away
FMQB Photo Pass: Rush
Quick Hits: Demi Lovato, Jessie J, Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival
Beyonce & The Weeknd Headlining Made In America Festival
Quick Hits: Pharrell & Adele, Eminem / Southpaw soundtrack, Legacy of Hope concert
Quick Hits: Apple Music, Chris Brown
Quick Hits: Billboard 200, BET Awards, Smashing Pumpkins, Tyga, Riot Fest, The Neighbourhood, Marina and the Diamonds, Roger Waters
Disturbed Ends Four-Year Hiatus with Immortalized
Quick Hits: Janet Jackson, Nickelback, Tove Lo, Rod Stewart, Grateful Dead, James Horner, Hollywood Walk of Fame
FMQB NOW

Brian Mack, PD
WXXL/Orlando

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!