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                     THE CGC COMMUNICATOR
                           CGC #729
                    Monday, March 13, 2006
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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor
                     <r.gonsett@ieee.org>
   Copyright 2006, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)
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  PAYOLA IS BIG NEWS
  FCC Commissioner Adelstein is quoted as saying:
  "The New York Attorney General investigation is piling
evidence on top of evidence of the widespread abuse of the
public trust.  Given the voluminous documents pointing to major,
systematic violations of FCC rules, the penalties should be
commensurate with the crime.  We can't let any violators get
away with a slap on the wrist."
  He is talking about payola, and in this regard the Commission
has just issued a unanimous Public Notice on Video News Releases
and a fact sheet on payola.  In the Notice, the FCC said the
payola rules are grounded in the principle that listeners and
viewers are entitled to know who seeks to persuade them with
programming.
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-264230A1.doc
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  BONILLA CHAPTER XX - CGC READERS RESPOND
  Judging from our incoming mail, a number of CGC
Communicator readers have been following the Bonilla proceeding
closely.  Almost all of the letters express great displeasure,
frustration, or both, at the FCC's dismissal of the Lazer/Emmis
vs. XHBCE-FM case.
  While Lazer and Emmis have the right to appeal the
Commission's decision, it is not known if they will do so.
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                          RANDOM NOTES
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  FEWER ENGINEERING GRADUATES IN THE U.S.
  According to MIT's Engineering Our World newsletter for
  March 3, 2006:
  o  While 40% of all bachelor's degrees in China today are in
  engineering, only about 5% of those are in the U.S.  (In fact,
  as a nation, we graduate 50% more M.B.A.s than S.B.s in
  engineering.)
  o  In terms of engineering bachelor's degrees per capita, we
  grant only 75% as many degrees as a country as we did in 1985.
  o  One-half of students intending to major in science and
  engineering in this country drop out of those majors after their
  freshman year of college, according to a National Academy of
  Engineering study.
  http://mit.edu/engineering/enews/
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  HOWARD STERN HEARD TOO OFTEN IN THE FM BAND -
  AND A PUSH TO MOVE HIM TO 87.9 MHZ
  "You're driving down the road, calmed by the soothing sounds
from your favorite Christian radio station when, all of a sudden,
Howard Stern hijacks your radio."  So opens this story from the
Philadelphia Daily News.
  According to the account, a push is now underway to move
the default frequency of Sirius and XM Satellite receivers to
87.9 MHz - this to avoid leakage from their FM modulators into
the over-the-air FM band and 88.1 MHz in particular.  Any such
push would, of course, raise the possibility of aural interference
to TV Channel 6, so the use of 87.9 is not necessarily a panacea.
  http://www.philly.com/mld/dailynews/living/14073609.htm
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  ARCHIVAL QUALITY GOLD CDs & DVDs TO THE RESCUE
  Many consumers and businesses will lose valuable data
because of the mistaken impression that conventional silver CDs
are more or less permanent storage devices.  While typical discs
may achieve a several year life span (and storing the discs in
cool/dark/dry places will extend their lifetimes), genuine
archival discs are definitely needed.
  One attractive solution to the "data rot problem" is Kodak's
new "Preservation CD-R" and "Preservation DVD (-R)" discs.
According to the marketing agent for these products, the new
discs and CDs use a 100% 24K gold reflective layer and special
substrate formulations to yield expected data lifetimes of up
to 300 years for the CDs, and 80-100 years for the DVDs.
  See CGC #723 for background information on data rot, and
the following URL for specific info on the new Kodak products:
  http://www.earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Gold_10_PMA_06.doc
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  A PRE-CONVENTION CONVENTION
  Think of it as a mini-convention before THE convention.
Broadcast equipment supplier SCMS is hosting a pre-NAB Road Show
complete with equipment from Aphex to Tascam, a complimentary
dinner, and the presentation of a technical paper.
  The Road Show visits San Diego on Wednesday, March 15, at
the Embassy Suites, 601 Pacific Highway, downtown, and is being
held in cooperation with the San Diego SBE.  The event runs from
4:00 - 7:30 PM with dinner served at 6:30 (a South of the Border
buffet).  Drop by when you can and stay as long as you like.
Details available at the URLs below.  Please RSVP by calling
Doug Tharp at (866) 673-9267.
  http://www.sbe36.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=72&Itemid=1
  http://www.scmsinc.com/03082006.htm
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  NEXT 11-YEAR SUNSPOT CYCLE COULD BE MUCH STRONGER
  Sun-spawned cosmic storms that play havoc with earthly power
grids, HF communications and orbiting satellites could be 50%
stronger in the next 11-year solar cycle than in the last one,
scientists said recently.
  http://tinyurl.com/rsfyy
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  WASHINGTON, D.C. CELLPHONE LAW LARGELY IGNORED
  It's been eighteen months since Washington, D.C. police
began issuing citations to violators of an ordinance restricting
the use of cellphones by motorists, and last year 6,018 drivers
received $100 fines for ignoring the law.  But in spite of
relatively aggressive enforcement, the practice of talking while
driving now shows no sign of abating in spite of an initial
drop in the practice shortly after the law went into effect.
  http://tinyurl.com/gcmjb
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  ON THE PATRON SAINT OF TELEVISION
  To commemorate the upcoming retirement of Sherman George
from UCSD-TV (K35DG), La Jolla, an innovative artwork has been
created.  It depicts Saint Clare of Assisi, Patron Saint of
Television, as seen on a classic 50s era Philco Predicta TV.
The artwork owes its origin to Adriene Hughes, as assisted by
Jon Miller, both of the UCSD Media Center staff.
  Clare took the veil of religious profession from Saint Francis
of Assisi at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi - this
according to catholic-forum.com.  It is said that toward the end
of her life, when she was too ill to attend Mass, an image of the
service would display on the wall of her room - thus, her link to
television.
  Incidentally, Predicta TVs are still being manufactured;
Sherm purchased one about three years ago and says it continues
to delight all who see it.  In any event, enjoy the marvelous
Saint Clare artwork.
  St. Clare Artwork:
  http://earthsignals.com/add_CGC/Images/Adriene_Hughes.jpg
  St. Clare Reference Material:
  http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintc03.htm
  On Purchasing Predicta TVs:
  http://www.predicta.com/index.shtml
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              AM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20060223ABL  KCAA 43995  BROADCASTING MANAGEMENT SERVICES...
            E   1050 KHZ                LOMA LINDA, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BP-20060302ACD  KPRZ 54461  NEW INSPIRATION BROADCASTING CO....
            E   1210 KHZ               SAN MARCOS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR AMENDMENT TO A CONSTRUCTION
  PERMIT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BNP-20051027ABP     NEW  160737     MARK C. ALLEN
                E   1470 KHZ           CATALINA, CA
  Engineering Amendment filed 03/06/2006
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  AM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BL-20060224ACN    KMPC  61647    ROSE CITY RADIO CORPORATION
              P   1540 KHZ               LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover.
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              FM RADIO - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE GRANTED
  BMLED-20060106AAA    KQVO  8175    STATE OF CALIFORNIA,
                 E   97.7 MHZ     SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
                                        CALEXICO, CA
  License to modify.
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20041013ABR   KPRI  51503  COMPASS RADIO OF SAN DIEGO, INC.
              E   102.1 MHZ               ENCINITAS, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities.
  Engineering Amendment filed 12/15/2004
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR MINOR CHANGE TO A LICENSED FACILITY
  GRANTED
  BPH-20041014AFB  KLQV 51164  UNIVISION RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION
             E   102.9 MHZ               SAN DIEGO, CA
  Minor change in licensed facilities (DA to non-DA).
  Name-change amendment filed 11/22/2004.
  Granted 2/28/2006
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR AMENDMENT AMENDMENT RECEIVED
  BRH-20050801DRV     KSCF  59816     INFINITY RADIO INC.
                E   103.7 MHZ            SAN DIEGO, CA
  Amendment filed 03/06/2006
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  FM STATION APPLICATION FOR LICENSE TO COVER GRANTED
  BLH-20060113ABU   KBIG-FM 6360   AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC
               E   104.3 MHZ              LOS ANGELES, CA
  License to cover.
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                TV - LOCAL ITEMS FROM THE FCC
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  LPTV AUCTION 81, WINNING BIDDER APPS ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  The long-form applications for the winning bidders in the
Low Power Television Auction No. 81 listed below have been found
acceptable for filing, but the Commission may return or dismiss
any application if it is found, upon further examination, to be
defective or not in conformance with the Commission's rules....
  CH-2, Palm Springs, GULF-CALIFORNIA BROADCAST COMPANY
  CH-8, San Bernardino, JOHN R. POWLEY
  CH-56, Palm Springs, JOHN R. POWLEY
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-549A1.doc
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  TELEVISION APPLICATION FOR MODIFICATION OF LICENSE
  ACCEPTED FOR FILING
  BMLCT-20060302ACB   KDOC-TV  24518  GOLDEN BROADCASTING, L.P.
                E     CHAN-56               ANAHEIM, CA
  Modification of license: BMPCT-20040128AHX, callsign KDOC-TV.
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