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Despite Some Technical Glitches, EAS National Test Successful

The results are in for the first nationwide EAS test held Wednedsay by FEMA.

All New York City radio stations were scheduled to participate in the 2 p.m. test. However, Cumulus’ WABC and WPLJ were unable to air the less than a minute test, due to a technical glitch.

New York State Broadcasters Association President David Donovan tells FishbowlNY the snafu was the “signal for EAS coming into ABC.”

Overall, Donovan says the test was successful for New York stations, cable and satellite providers.

Donovan says considering this was only a test, it was the perfect time to get the kinks out.

“What we really need to do is work on that last link,” Donovan says.

He believes all TV stations were able to air the test without any issue, although he was examining possible problems on RCN cable systems.

One constant, though, the audio quality was not great. Donovan admitted that it sounded “crackly.”

Station engineers, and others, will begin a process of analyzing data to determine how to proceed.

“This is going to take days and days,” Donovan says. “We’re going to have to pull out our pocket protectors.”

Once the information from the EAS test is compiled, Donovan says, it’s possible that FEMA could order a restart at a future date.

“You don’t predict Washington,” Donovan cautions.

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