When they are performing maintenance, like over a Saturday night/Sunday AM, no they do not need to notify the FCC. If their facilities are damaged or unable to go on air and must be silent, they have to file paperwork to notify the FCC why and how long, to be approved for an STA (Silent Temporary Authorization).
Concerning EDS tones the whole industry has become such a shit show I can't tell you if they require it or not anymore to ID after them. WXRT engineers (most engineers are contract players these days) and probably scheduled them to go off at 12 Midnight. The rules for announcing Top Hour calls and city of license has changed so much too. The FCC is such a mess and a ghost of the past. In the 1980s and before that, they actually enforced interference calls, pirates, broadcast logs were checked, transmitter levels were enforced. Through the 90s and into today the FCC is a federal money maker and the only interference they will check is for airplanes (don't need planes falling out of the sky) or cell phone towers beng messed with (they are money makers). Once in a while you will hear about a rogue CB'er transmitting with more power than legally allowed for Ham operators having his gear yanked and issued a crazy high fine, or busting a retailer for selling ham gear that is designed which can be easily modified to go into the CB band.
Thanks for the kind mention!
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