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Paul McLane
7/5/2011 2:20:00 PM 

<p>&#160;</p> <div><i><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Paul McLane is editor in chief of Radio World.</span></i></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters has negotiated a “group price” on behalf of stations that choose to buy Sage Alerting Systems gear from dealer SCMS.</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">I’m continuing my efforts to let you know how broadcasters are doing at converting their Emergency Alert System hardware to comply with the Common Alerting Protocol deadline (see links to other stories below). So I checked in with OAB President Vance Harrison. </span></div> <div style="margin-left: 0in;">&#160;</div> <div style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Oklahoma has 24 television stations and 189 radio stations. All of its TV and most of its radio stations are members of OAB. The </span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">organization’s EAS/CAP technical policy is led by </span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Britt Lockhart, chief engineer for Clear Channel in Oklahoma City, and Roger Herring, VP of operations at KTUL(TV) in Tulsa.</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Though the association is not underwriting the station purchases, it expects about half of Oklahoma’s broadcasters will take advantage of the group pricing it reached with SCMS.</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> “Most stations are in the process of ordering the necessary equipment,” Harrison told me. </span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div style="margin-left: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">He said the process largely has been a smooth one. </span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">“We have had only a few glitches in the implementation of the system and hope to be running up to speed by the end of September of 2011.”</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Write to me with a status report on your station, group or association efforts: pmclane@nbmedia.com.</span></div> <div><strong><br /> </strong></div> <div><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Related:</span>&#160;</strong></div> <div><a href="http://radioworld.com/default.aspx?tabid=75&amp;entryid=183"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Clear Channel Plans Tiered EAS Conversion</span></strong></a><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> (June 29, 2011)</span></strong></div> <div><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /> </span></strong><a href="http://www.radioworld.com/article/eas-conversion-update-bible-broadcasting-network/23801"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">EAS Conversion Update: Bible Broadcasting Network</span></strong></a><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> (June 24, 2011)</span></strong></div> <div><strong>&#160;</strong></div> <div> <div><a href="http://www.rwonline.com/article/townsquare-media-chooses-digital-alert-systems/23396"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Townsquare Media Chooses Digital Alert Systems</span></strong></a><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> (April 29, 2011)</span></strong></div> </div> <div><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><br /> </span></strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><a href="http://radioworld.com/article/state-association-helps-stations-buy-eas-gear/23771"><strong>Conn. State Association Helps Stations Buy EAS Gear</strong></a></span><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> (Feb. 25, 2011)<br /> <br /> </span></strong></div> <div><a href="http://www.rwonline.com/article/107960"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Idaho Funds CAP-Compliant Equipment</span></strong></a><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt;"> (Oct. 14, 2010)<br /> </span></strong></div> <div><strong>&#160;</strong></div> <p>&#160;</p>

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