Getting your First Class ticket (was: Music Till Dawn on WEEI)
Thu Feb 28 07:18:20 EST 2008
I had one friend go to Sarasota and he told me it was pretty much 3
weeks on the beach. He was given the answer key the day they all went
to Miami by bus. I believe the school was know as REI. There was
another in Pasadena and one in Chicago as well.
I went the other route using a correspondence school in Cleveland.
They actually went over my work and it wasn't a scam. What I had
problems with a couple of whiz kids at the then WTBS made things easy.
My having the first phone got me in the door. My first TV shop was
with a station that never went on the air WREP Channel 25. To this day
I don't know exactly what happened. The studio was finished on
Commonwealth Ave in Allston and they had a contract with the Celtics.
They ran out of money and never even aired a test pattern.
They vanished and a few years later WXNE got the allocation.
On 2/27/08, Sid Schweiger <email@example.com> wrote:
> >> Many jocks back then went to the school in Sarasota, FL that had the
> Miami FCC office on the payroll.<<
> That's the conventional wisdom. It's also most likely an urban legend. It
> was never necessary to pay anyone off to pass the old First Class or Second
> Class Radiotelephone exams. The FCC, very unwisely, used only a few fixed
> sets of questions on all their exams. The license mills ran on the theory
> that when their students came out of the exams, they would go back to the
> license mill's HQ and write down every question they could remember. The
> schools then taught their students to memorize the answers to the questions.
> This practice was carried out, in the open, for many years, but the FCC
> never did anything about it, except for prohibiting exam takers from
> removing any papers from the exam room, until they decided in the mid-1980s
> to abandon licensing requirements for broadcast stations altogether.
> And those of us who didn't attend a license mill will recall that the
> questions weren't that difficult anyhow, if you had a basic understanding of
> tube and transistor electronics, although when I took the test in the 1970s
> there were all of two questions on the Second Class exam element dealing
> with transistors, and one on the First Class element.
> Sid Schweiger
> IT Manager, Entercom New England
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