Thursday, February 15, 2007

Don't let this glitch in time black out these broadcasts

If you've been keeping current, then this Tech News and Reviews report won't surprise you: Daylight-saving glitch threatens mini-Y2K. I hope you'll take a stitch in time to avoid suffering adverse effects (like these or these) or miss hearing and sharing in my March 14 radio broadcasts.

The February 28 and March 28 Lisa Tolliver Show segments, which will air at high noon, Eastern Time on New York Radio WVOX 1460 AM and, won't be affected, but my back-to-back March 14 broadcasts could. (On March 14, I'll be hosting SCORE Radio: Counselors to America's Small Business at 11:30 AM, DST (Eastern) followed by the Lisa Tolliver Show at noon.)

Here's what's happening. Spring's dead ahead, and one of the season's rites has been revised.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) has mandated a schedule change to stretch the daylights out of North America's energy resources. Consequently, in the United States and Canada, Daylight Saving Time (DST) will arrive three weeks earlier and leave one week later this year than we're used to.

Clocks will spring forward one hour on the second Sunday this March (at 2:00 A.M. on March 11, to be exact) rather than on the first Sunday in April. Then on November 4, time will fall back one hour at 2:00 A.M.

Why do this? WebExhibits provides this quickie explanation: "Daylight Saving Time gives us the opportunity to enjoy sunny summer evenings by moving our clocks an hour forward in the spring." The site also digs deeper, shedding light on why Benjamin Franklin originated the concept in 1784 and on the subsequent history and logistics of Daylight Saving Time worldwide.

Why tamper with the Daylight Savings Time-table? Associated press (AP) reports: "Congress decided that more early evening daylight would translate into energy savings."

AP and other sources discuss the problems this might present and suggest solutions. If you're not ready for March 11, then they can help you get set.

I'm gearing up, too. For example, I'm downloading updated intelligence for my smartphone and other gadgets, dusting off the atomic clocks my father gave me, and preparing media messages to ensure my audiences won't snooze and lose out on anything.