Radio Broadcasting Glossary – E

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Engineer – the technician responsible for maintaining and fixing the radio station’s equipment such as consoles, microphones and transmitters.

(E) Ethnic Radio – Ethnic radio programs typically broadcast in different languages from major metropolitan areas across the U.S. They are produced locally and cater to the cities with the highest concentration of the respective ethnic communities.

Eavesdropping – is the act of surreptitiously listening to a private conversation. Federal law makes interception, or eavesdropping, of any communication a crime unless done by or with the consent of one of the parties to the conversation. Criminal interception is punishable by five years in prison or $10k.

EAS Test – An Emergency Alert System is a real-time test of the system to insure the audio link between each station works properly. This replaced the old Emergency Broadcast System (EBS.) EAS is an electronic system which uses the radio infrastructure to alert the general public to emergency situations including weather, safety and homeland security. It requires certain smaller, less important radio stations to give their programming over to larger, more important stations for the purpose of information dissemination.

Emergency Broadcast System – was an emergency warning system in the United States, used from 1963 to 1997, when it was replaced by the Emergency Alert System.

Edit – To delete or add on a recording, tape or video.

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