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Paul McLane
8/17/2011 2:03:00 PM 

<p>&#160;</p> <div><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">Paul McLane is U.S. editor in chief.</span></i></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">Add Educational Media Foundation to the list of broadcasters who are ready, or soon will be, for the EAS CAP compliance deadline. EMF includes the K-LOVE and Air1 Radio Networks.</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Vice President of Engineering Sam Wallington tells me, “We’re about 99% complete.” He said the organization had four more sites to go as of a week ago. </span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">The company is using Sage Alerting Systems gear, all purchased from dealer BSW. Key technical decisions have been made by engineering advisor </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">Alan Guthrie, Director of Engineering David Shantz and Wallington. </span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">Their CAP conversion process has involved about 290 installations, mostly its own stations but also including a few affiliates for which EMF agreed to install the gear. Including purchases made for future facilities, Wallington said EMF's team has purchased about 300 boxes.</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">“</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">The largest challenge was adding IP capabilities to the sites.&#160;Fortunately, thanks primarily to Alan Guthrie’s vision a number of years ago, we had already been working toward that goal prior to the CAP decisions, giving us a head start.”</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">He added that he doesn’t see the need for a deadline extension.</span> <span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">“</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">As an industry, we’ve known this was coming for a number of years, and should have been planning and budgeting for it. As a result, an extension seems unnecessary.”</span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">In recent weeks I’ve shared the comments of a number of engineers about CAP readiness at their companies, including staff at Clear Channel, CBS, Cumulus, Entercom and Cherry Creek Radio. You can read those on our <a href="http://radioworld.com/blog"><b>blog page</b></a>. </span></div> <div>&#160;</div> <div><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman">I’m interested in hearing from you too, including your thoughts on the need for an extension. Drop me an email at pmclane@nbmedia.com.</span></div> <div style="text-autospace:none">&#160;</div> <div style="text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;Times New Roman" new=""><br /> </span></div> <p>&#160;</p>

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