Tower maintenance 

There are very few jobs in broadcasting where one can start at the top; but tower maintenance is the one where it is best to start at the top and work down.

Meet Kevin McNamara 

Meet the professionals who write for BE Radio.

Good sound or sounds good? 

Satellite radio is here. Five years after the FCC issued the two licenses, this service, anticipated by some and feared by others, is a reality.

Shaping radio today and tomorrow 

The start of NPR | ITC Digicenter | Satellite radio expectations

Local ownership rules in play 

The FCC is expanding its pending radio multiple ownership rulemaking proceeding to include a comprehensive examination of all aspects of the FCC's local ownership rules.

Meet William Harrison 

Meet the professionals who write for BE Radio.

HD Radio: Making the grade 

At the end of November, the National Radio Systems Committee released its report recommending that the FCC authorize Ibiquity Digital Corporation's FM In-band On-channel digital radio broadcast technology as an enhancement to the current analog FM broadcasting system in the United States.

Understanding the DMCA 

What's behind the claims of costs of the DMCA, the RIAA and AFTRA.

Streaming costs and benefits 

As online listening increases and costs follow, the decision to stream is no longer simple. After all, streaming is very different from the traditional broadcast model.

Solid-state tower lighting 

For towers that require incandescent lighting, regular tower-light inspection and maintenance is a task that tower owners must undertake. The annoyances lie in changing a burned-out lamp, affording the cost of a tower climber, timing convenience of the failure.

Shaping radio today and tomorrow 

American Electronics Labs FM-12KD and FM-25KD | WHAS-AM, Louisville, KY | Sample and Hold

New Products (Jan 2002) 

AETA Audio | Andrew | Audio-Technica | AVCOM of Virginia | Broadcast Tools | Comrex | Crown Audio Dalet | Digigram | Eventide | Helicon Vocal Technologies | IDT Impact Developpement | MGE UPS Systems | Nagra/Castlewood Systems | Neutrik | NTI (Neutrik Test Instuments) | O.C. White | Raxxess | RCS | Samson Technologies | SBS | Sennheiser | Simpleaccess.net | SoftWright | Sound Devices | Switchcraft | Waves

Field Report: Aphex 204 Aural Exciter and Optical Big Bottom 

The 1RU device has two independent channels, each with six front-panel controls. Read this review to learn more.

Storage Area Networks 

The concept for Storage Area Networks, or SANs, was born out of the need to protect the most essential byproduct of a workstation or network server - the data. SANs serve one purpose: to aggregate data storage resources to a single repository. Centralization of data is more reliable and allows a higher degree of scalability than other distributed network models.

Top loading, part 2 of 2 

Part One described the events leading to the development of top loading of broadcast AM antennas. This part continues with details of the types of top loading and discusses the use of the FCC's Rules in planning a top-loaded antenna system.

Something to celebrate 

At this time of year it is customary to look back at the events of the past and look ahead to the possible future.

Open for business 

Since the Telecommunications act of 1996, groups all over the country started staking out dominant market shares. By 2000 times were good. Owners and managers were making money and servicing their debt load in a strong economy. What a difference in a year.

Taking stock 

It's been a year to remember - or perhaps to forget. Wall Street witnessed figurative and real collapses, and radio has felt the ripples generated from that.

Class C-0 FM implementation 

In November 2000 the Commission created a new FM channel classification to join Classes A, B, B1, C, C1, C2 and C3. Use of the new class - Class C-0 (C-Zero) - permits upgrades of existing stations and new allocations based on the reduced spacing protections, which will apply when Class C stations are converted to Class C-0.

Field Report: Computer Concepts Epicenter 

At a first glance, Epicenter might seem like just another audio routing switcher, but behind the front panel and flashing lights, there's a lot more going on.

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