Originally Posted by skylab
Seems like this test was an epic fail. The media sure has covered it up.
I'm not sure where
the fail occurred but it was at the national level.
[insert the name of your favorite federal agency here]
The tone triggering seemed to ripple through the system OK but the audio of the actual alert got lost before it got to the primary stations.
The way it's supposed to work is the audio of the national "alert" is diseminated to the primary stations [for Cincinnati these are WLW-AM and WARM-FM] and the other stations in the area retransmit that audio. Neither station was receiving and retransmitting any audio so the rest of us heard and relayed the silence.
I also don't know what the mechanism is for getting the audio to them since I don't work for them.
This system works just fine locally several times a year as we are alerted to weather watches & warnings this way. In that case we provide our own video/audio alerting instead of retransmitting relayed audio.
We're not "covering up" anything. Maybe [insert the name of your favorite federal agency here] is...