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Re: Old dogs...old tricks

At 01:11 PM 4/23/2003 -0400, Dan Billings wrote:

> > No, but the engineering staff at WXKS-AM/Kiss108FM is entitled to one.
>The power change can be accomplished with a simple computer program that can
>also record meter readings.  WCLZ had such a system for their AM six years
>ago.  Someone checked both the meter readings and the computer print-out to
>make sure things were operating correctly.  It was possible for something to
>go wrong and for the station to operate illegally for a day or so (though I
>am not aware that ever happened) but by checking on things daily, any
>problem would be caught quickly.
>-- Dan Billings, Bowdoinham, Maine

Dan, I don't know if you've ever worked as an engineer for a commercial 
outfit, but from this post my hunch is that you haven't.  If you have, my 
apologies then.  :-)

Anyways, lots of times as an engineer you are specifically told NOT to do 
things - even if they're prudent - because management doesn't want to risk 
finding something wrong that might cost money to fix.   It's an idiotic 
mindset, but it's very common.

However, if you pass a friendly note - as I have just done this morning, 
since I know some of the crew there - to the engineer then he/she now has a 
means of going to management and saying "Look - we have a problem whether 
you like it or not and it has to be fixed!"    Of course, mgmt may still 
choose to ignore the problem.   And in such a case I would not stand in 
your way if you attempted to inform the FCC with the intent to "bust" 
them.   However, I feel obligated to at least give the engineer a chance 
before bringing down any thunder on them...since you can bet mgmt will 
blame the engineers if the FCC visits, even if it's mgmt's fault.

Aaron "Bishop" Read             aread@speakeasy.net
FriedBagels Consulting          AOL-IM: readaaron
http://www.friedbagels.com      Boston, MA