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Paul McLane
8/3/2011 3:45:00 PM 

<p>&#160;</p> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">Where does CBS Radio stand in the process of updating its EAS gear to comply with the pending regulatory deadline for CAP compliance? </span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">I asked Senior VP of Engineering Glynn Walden, as part of my blog series on how radio companies are handling EAS.</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">“Dan Mason and CBS supports radio’s EAS role in supplying emergency information to the American people,” Glynn emailed me back.</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">“Our participation helps fulfill radio’s obligation to operate in the public interest.”</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">Walden said CBS has ordered all necessary EAS equipment for its 130 stations, and most of the units have been delivered. </span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">As you know from other RW stories, some organizations are pressing to have that deadline extended, but CBS will be ready regardless.</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">“The equipment is being installed and we expect no problems having all of the CBS stations CAP-compliant before the Sept. 30 deadline,” Walden said. CBS is using Sage Systems gear from its preferred vendor SCMS.</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">Any special considerations or problems at CBS?</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">“Most stations had the older Sage equipment,” Walden concluded, “and the installation of the new CAP-compliant Sage box was almost as simple as unplug the old unit and plug in the new one and set up the options</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">.”</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">Tell me about your company’s EAS compliance situation. Write me at pmclane@nbmedia.com.</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div>&#160;</div> <p>&#160;</p>

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