Archive • February 2014

FCC Announces New “Rules” for Closed Captioning

posted February 22, 2014

Bungled captions may seem amusing, but advocates of better rendition of speech to text on television point out that errors relating to, say, natural-disaster emergency plans can endanger the lives of people with hearing impairment.

The FCC has adopted new rules that will require broadcasters to perform much better closed captioning with television and Internet programming. Performance Tom Wheeler, the recently appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. And that is a fundamental failure of the telecommunications industry and federal regulators, he implied: “Reliable and consistent access to news and information for deaf and hard-of-hearing communities is a right,

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They don’t make ‘em like this…

posted February 3, 2014

marimba queens

Imagine if this had been lost to posterity. They don’t make em like Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens, any more. Here they are sometime in the early 1940s on a Soundie in the extraordinary Prelinger Archives (on the Internet Archive @ archive.org). You can select from three versions there, depending on what you have

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