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Sweet Inspection, Alabama!

Here’s a no-cost way to raise your awareness of compliance issues

There’s a two-day seminar coming up that you might want to check out if you’re interested in the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program or just want to raise your awareness of compliance issues. 

The seminar is offered by the Alabama Broadcasters Association Engineering Academy but it’s open to engineers from anywhere in the United States. And while its content is designed for current or prospective ABIP inspectors, any broadcast engineer who would like to keep up with rules and regs is welcome. 

ABIP is a joint program between the FCC and state broadcast associations; its purpose is to help your station identify problem areas in your legal and technical operations and fix them before you are confronted with an actual FCC inspection. 

The in-person seminar will be held in July in Hoover, Ala. The first day provides a review of the program including online public files, EAS and engineering reports and documents. The second day features mock inspections at local radio and TV transmitter sites.

The seminar is offered at no charge by the ABA (a $50 deposit is refunded upon attendance). And SBE members can receive recertification credit.

The instructors are John George, ABIP inspector for South Carolina and Georgia, and Larry Wilkins, Alabama ABIP inspector and director of the ABA Engineering Services. Larry also is the director of the academy and a past recipient of the Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award, a good friend to engineers everywhere and a devotee to lifelong learning. 

For info and registration go to and click on the Engineering tab.

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