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Aaron Read RIPR

If you follow RIPR on Twitter...and if you don't I highly recommend it; even if you're not really a Twitter fan, we post all sorts of cool stuff on there....then doubtless you've noticed that not long ago we created a system that automatically tweets links to the audio of our local newscasts.  

Our Intrepid Engineer is a little intimidated by Alexa
James Baumgartner RIPR

Rhode Island Public Radio, in conjunction with our webcast provider, StreamGuys, has created a new Alexa Skill just for RIPR!  To activate it for your Echo or Echo Dot, just go to this address:

http://alexa.ripr.org

Your intrepid engineer can be a bit, err, intimidated by how much Alexa can do...especially how much it can insert itself into your personal life...but even he can't deny that it's pretty cool.  Just say:

"Alexa, open Rhode Island Public Radio."

Tonight during Marketplace (6:30-7pm) there will be about 10-15 minutes of dead air on RIPR.  All our FM signals will be off, and the webcast will be down.

Providence, RI – This week on the Engineer's Corner we talk about power. Not so much "fight the" as "emergency backup"! In fact, this week we're installing a new power generator for our 88.1FM (WELH) transmitter facility. You might've noticed we had issues with a lack of reliable power for almost three days during Hurricane Sandy; we had a generator but it just didn't have the features and capacity we needed.

So in advance of winter storms, falling trees, rime ice and downed power lines, we're putting in a Kohler RES14a propane generator with three 100lb tanks. Yes, the same company that makes excellent faucets for your kitchen, also makes excellent generators, believe it or not.

Those iconic words, coupled with the tell-tale "brraaaaap... brraaaaap...brraaaaap" data tones, are widely known as the EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM, or EAS. Like its predecessors the Emergency Broadcast System and CONELRAD (CONtrol of ELectromagnetic RADiation), EAS is - at its core - a means by which the US Government can disseminate emergency information to the public at large in a short amount of time.