EAS in Mass

Kevin Vahey kvahey@gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 18:59:07 EDT 2011


On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:55 PM, Gary's Ice Cream <gary@garysicecream.com>wrote:

> Had a nice talk with a someone in the tech world at Comcast (she used to be
> "Joe & Andy's producer at the old 98.5, WROR) and she said that there is a
> software upload for some Tivo's that will stop an EAS test from
> interrupting
> a playback of a recorded show.  Call customer service for more info (you
> may
> have to have the call accelerated to a supervisor who is more familiar with
> the situation).  But yes, Comcast is running EAS tests once and sometimes
> twice every day for gawd-knows whatever reason.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: boston-radio-interest-bounces@tsornin.BostonRadio.org
> [mailto:boston-radio-interest-bounces@tsornin.BostonRadio.org] On Behalf
> Of
> Larry Weil
> Sent: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 3:49 PM
> To: Boston radio e-mail list
> Subject: Re: EAS in Mass
> On Oct 25, 2011, at 3:04 PM, Gary's Ice Cream wrote:
> > Who is in charge of EAS in Mass?  Comcast is sending "weekly required
> tests"
> > every night at between midnite and 1am..it causes chaos to TIVO and other
> > devices.  Now they have begun sending one daily at 3pm as well. Their
> > coordinator says that it only sends it when necessary - but he doesn't
> know
> > what he is talking about.
> Weekly tests originate with the station/cable system, not with the EAS
> people.  So the blame here is squarely on Comcast, unless they are
> originating from the station that you are watching on Comcast.  I know from
> my former employment at a Boston TV station that the general manager at the
> time got quite upset that an EAS test was aired by Comcast during the first
> segment of the 11 PM news on the first day of sweeps a few years ago, and
> probably a few less-than-nice words were exchanged between him and someone
> at Comcast.
> Larry Weil
> Lake Wobegone, NH

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