FCC Clarifies Backfill Policy 

One of the new policies requires broadcasters to add nondiscrimination clauses to their advertising contracts. At renewal time, a certification will have to be made in Form 303-S that all advertising contracts contain such clauses.

Contributor Pro-File: Jake Robinson 

This month: Meet Jake Robinson, manager of engineering and IT for Cumulus Media of Indianapolis and Louisville, KY.

Field Report: Vorsis AP-2000 

The Vorsis AP-2000 is a five-band AGC/compressor and 31-band limiter with specialized algorithms for bass and voice band processing. Its output feeds will accommodate just about any flavor of FM/HD Radio operation.

Field Report: Ultrasone Pro 750 

Wearing headphones every day as a radio disc jockey and recording musician, there are a few things I require in a good pair: great sound, comfort, durability and serviceability. The Ultrasone Pro 750 headphones measure up to all my requirements.

Still moving forward on HD Radio 

Despite the slow and steady process of the HD Radio evolution, which has included some bumps along the way, there have been some recent innovations pushing the progress forward.

New language for advertising contracts 

One of the new policies requires broadcasters to add nondiscrimination clauses to their advertising contracts. At renewal time, a certification will have to be made in Form 303-S that all advertising contracts contain such clauses.

New Products 

New products from AKG, Harris, Drawmer, Vorsis, NKK Switches, Soundwave Research Laboratories/Crowley and Tripp, Nautel, Loopmasters, Hosa Technology, Rode, APT, Event Electronics, Image Line Software, Arrakis, MXL Microphones, Mackie, Klein + Hummel, Sennheiser Electronic, ATI Group, Middle Atlantic Products and Yangaroo.

Sign Off 

Looking back with photos from KHSL 1290 from Dino Corbin and a sample of how many people make up radio engineering departments.

Bullet-proof facilities 

As part of the group charged with the responsibility of maintaining a broadcast facility, engineers have the added responsibility to ensure the stations continue operating through all types of emergencies.

Kudos on EAS 

Several readers share their views on the method and status of updating the emergency alert system.

Field Report: P.I. Engineering X-keys Desktop 

The X-keys Desktop is a practical and fun device that makes lengthy, repetitive and routine keystrokes as simple as a push of a button.

Review of political broadcasting rules 

Station personnel involved with programming, sales and traffic should be aware during this election season that decisions about what ads to run, when to run them and how much to charge have broad implications under this regulatory scheme.

STL white spaces? Apparently so. 

Because the frequencies in the 700MHz band are being auctioned for new uses, these frequencies will no longer be available for auxiliary uses, such as wireless mics. This was further reinforced by the FCC's recent ruling to ban wireless mic use in this spectrum.

Ground systems 

The average ground system is quiet, dependable and retiring, performing its work efficiently, without demand for attention. Unfortunately, too many stations try to economize when installing or maintaining ground systems.

Field Report: Armstrong X-1000B 

While he was at first reluctant to consider Armstrong because he was not familiar with the company's products, Terry Suggs' extensive search showed that Armstrong offered the best in pricing and packaging. The transmitter was shipped within a week and installation was seamless.

Sign Off 

Looking back with photos from WOCB AM/FM Cape Cod, an ad from Metrotech, and looking ahead with consumer electronics' forcasting.

Inside IPv6 

We are now running out of available IP addresses under the current addressing scheme called IPv4, which is limited to a maximum of 4,294,967,296 addresses. This may seem like a lot of addresses, but consider that according to ICANN, the available IPv4 addresses will run out by 2011.

Sign Off 

In November, Arcadia Publishing Co. of Charleston, SC, will release Images of America: Knoxville's WIVK by Ed Hooper. This book delves into the history.

How is HD Radio really doing? 

We can all see that HD Radio appears to be moving slowly ahead. Recent news headlines of sub $100 receivers and the first portable (albeit far from being as portable as an Ipod) receiver are good steps to making HD Radio accessible

FCC Will Extend CPs for Small Businesses 

When the construction permit changes hands, the new owner may be extend the period of the permit if certain conditions are met.

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