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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Engineers around the country are reviewing today’s first ever nationwide Emergency Alert System test, which aired on radio and television stations and systems at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

If you heard it on KMOX, you heard multiple alerts with double audio, not exactly what FEMA and the FCC had in mind. CBS St. Louis Market Chief Engineer Joe Geerling says,  “The basic part of the test went fine. The box interrupted, played audio, completed its task and shut off and gave control back to the station. The audio that came in the middle was where one of the problems was.”

He says other stations reported no problems airing the test, while some around the country also got the double audio, or no audio at all.

Geerling says the audio problems may have affected KMOX because it’s a “Primary Entry Point”, which gets the signal directly from Washington and distributes it to other stations in the region.

He says they’re trying to find out if the problem was in the receiver at KMOX or in Washington.

Geerling says after the engineers send their reports in to Washington, and they’re reviewed,  there may be another test.

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