PRSS Collecting Station Perspectives on 6 dB Boost Takeaway

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As announced in December, on Thursday, February 26, 2015, the PRSS plans to remove a 6 decibel (dB) boost that was added to analog and digital outputs a year ago (visit: or see original message re-printed below). In our system message, we pointed out that stations will have to manually adjust their receivers’ livewire port to compensate for the decibel takeaway and included instructions for doing so.

Since making the announcement, we have been informed by a station engineer that our proposed solution presents a challenge due to his role as the technical expert for several stations that are geographically dispersed.

It is our hope and intent to ensure this 6 dB boost takeaway not impede or overly impact the broadcast operations of our interconnected stations, and we are striving to make it as unobtrusive as possible. We have several options under consideration, but it is essential that we first understand the extent and scale of this issue and your feedback will help us with this goal.

Therefore, if you or your station(s) expect to be unduly burdened by this action, we are asking you to please send an email as soon as possible to Erich Shea at with the following information:

-    Your name
-    Your contact information, including phone and email
-    The station(s) you represent
-    The reason why this action poses an unavoidable conflict for your station
-    Any other pertinent information you’d like to share

** All responses must be received by close of business on Monday, February 2, 2015, in order to be taken into consideration. **

Send your replies, with information tied to each of the above bullets, to Erich Shea at

If you have any general questions or comments, please contact the PRSS Help Desk at or call 800.971.7677.


(Original message sent out December 18, 2014)  PRSS to Remove 6 dB Boost in February




Posted: January 21, 2015