The vast majority of news media is in the hands of just a few corporations. Fake news is rampant. We did not have this problem prior to the change in ownership laws in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that allowed mega corporations to own 500 stations or more. In order to stop fake news and allow a diversity of opinions and positions to be presented in the news media, we need to restore the ownership laws that were in place for broadcast prior to 1996 by revoking the ownership rule relaxations in the 1996 Telecommunications Act.
While I was in high school (about 4 decades+ ago), I operated a pirate AM radio station on 1200 Khz. We’d always end our transmission with a sign-off then cut the transmitter. I had a Sony Earth Orbiter radio that I used to monitor our transmission and one night, after I cut the transmitter, I heard the last perhaps 1/2 second of our transmission on the radio as if it had been reflected back from some distant location. The thing is at 100 watts, our range was quite limited. With a high quality communications receiver you could hear us maybe 15 miles away, with the average radio maybe 3-4 miles. Not nearly far enough to account for the delay.
While there are many instances of echo on YouTube, it’s usually by not even 1/2 second but more on the order of 1/15th of a second, more of a reverb than an echo.
I have read of accounts of long delayed echos of as much as 30 seconds.
I have heard theories that it might involve a conversion from an electromagnetic wave into an acoustic wave in the plasma of the ionosphere and because the acoustic wave travels much slower, and then if by the same mechanism translated back into an electromagnetic signal, because the acoustic transmission was much slower in than the speed of light, especially in the tenuous plasma, that a relatively short path could account for the extreme delays.
I personally find this theory a bit convoluted and can’t help but wonder if perhaps something more direct is involved, something involving the nature of time perhaps not being strictly linear as we commonly think of it. Perhaps there are loops or vorticies in time.
Tonight I am very saddened to hear that next Friday, July 15th, 2016, will be Dr. Leon Berman’s last Shake the Shack show on KEXP.
He will be leaving the program, Cuzzin Mike Fuller will continue the show, however, I can’t imagine it being the same or nearly as comprehensive musically as it has been under Dr. Berman’s leadership.
Dr. Leon Berman had this quote on his page, “I grew up thinking the voice of Pat O’Day was God”. Folks, Pat O’Day is radio done right in my book, and in his sober life a hell of a nice guy and so I can’t think of a better radio guy to emulate.
There is no explanation given in KEXP‘s website, in fact not even any notice that he is leaving, only found out listening to the show tonight.
Art Bell shared on his Facebook page a second reason he left the air. He is suffering from COPD. This is the same thing that killed my mother, also a long time smoker. I find it especially sad since he has a couple of young daughters to raise.
He did say he would try to do some “fill in” shows.
It was announced tonight that Midnight In The Desert is going to be back on one of the major stations that carried it when Art Bell was the host. I’m glad to hear this. I think she is doing a good job.
With respect to audio quality, I’ve found that bringing the level down on the codec and then bringing up the master volume to compensate results in better quality.
I was not optimistic about the ability for another host to pull it off with respect to Midnight in the Desert, but I have to say Heather Wade is capable of a decent interview.
She doesn’t have the voice of Art Bell, nor the sense of humor. But she is intelligent and scientifically literate and able to ask good questions of the guest so I am finding her not unpleasant to listen to, unlike the competition.