scott pham

10:13 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Missouri Drone Journalism Program to reconfigure goals after FAA letter

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As many news outlets have reported over the last eight months, KBIA's Content Director Scott Pham is the founder of the Missouri Drone Journalism Program, which studies the use of drones (think less military, more toy helicopters) for journalistic purposes. The program has hit a snag, as the Federal Aviation Administration has sent the program what amounts to a "cease and desist" letter, at least until the program gets what the FAA deems proper certification based on the somewhat limited restrictions the FAA currently has for the devices. Pham explains further in his blog post on the subject, linked below. He defended the project's activities thus far, but also sees limited application for journalism agencies like KBIA under the FAA rules as applied here, at least until new restrictions are put in place in 2015.
Through the eight months the Missouri Drone Journalism Program has operated, we've flown under the guidelines the FAA has set down for remote control aircraft. Those guidelines are generally as follows: a pilot may not fly above 400 feet, over populated areas, or near airports. A pilot may not fly beyond his range of sight,...
8:16 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Columbia NBC-affiliate KOMU purchases online-coupon company

KOMU purchased the mid-Missouri franchise of The Holos Network

Local NBC affiliate KOMU has purchased The Holos Network, a daily deals company that offers online coupons.  

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Business Beat
5:42 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Keeping cows cool: serious stuff

The "Thermal Aid" app, on an iPhone.
Scott Pham KBIA

It’s going to seem like this week’s show is all about keeping cows cool, and it kind of is, but keep in mind this is a serious threat to agriculture in Missouri, and thus, the overall economy in the state.

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Business Beat
6:27 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New app aims to help connect Columbia Transit, riders

A screenshot from Columbia Transit, a new iPhone app for the Columbia bus system.
Dave Oster Rockupied

This week: an app may help the Columbia Transit system deal with an unengaged ridership. Plus, Harvest Public Media looks at the lasting impact of the Homestead Act.

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Business Beat
5:44 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Talent pool not yet caught up with local tech industry

Outside of Museao, the shared workspace owned by the League of Innovators

This week on Business Beat: an active tech industry in Columbia is seeing a talent deficiency in some areas. Plus, a jump in home sales in Mid-Missouri.

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Under the Microscope
5:05 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

How to be happy

Gary Robinson, a jeweler by trade, brightens the lives of some by doubling as an electronics repairman.
Scott Pham KBIA

On today’s show, we’ll hear about an unlikely place to get small electronics repaired, and learn more about the key to being happy.

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