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The WABC, New York, main air studio 8A shown here was featured on the August 1979 cover of Broadcast Engineering. It was operated with the announcer and the engineer in the same room. The console is a Rupert Neve custom-designed console, built to meet the needs of the station at the time.

The custom consoles throughout the facility were designed with simplicity in mind. All unnecessary input switching was eliminated, with the first 10 faders dedicated to sources. The last two faders were switchable and were used to access other control rooms, the ABC Radio Network or remotes.

The upper right portion of the console features monitoring selectors for each set of headphones or speakers, with corresponding level controls. The centered UV meters are switchable to air, program or cue. The switches on the left control a relay air switcher that determines which control room is on the air. The center eight indicators show such things as bulletin, EBS alarm, carrier off and program outage. The overbridge has a clock, timer and end cue indicator, as well as telephone lamps and mic on lights. The controls on the announcer's side are similar to those on the engineer's side but arranged differently to allow announcer comfort.


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Revenue rankings by stations owned
Overall revenue is important, but revenue per station shows business efficiency. While BIA reports the data in overall revenue, we divided revenue by the number of stations owned and ranked the groups in the their respective order.

BE Radio rank Group Owner/Operator Revenue per station ($) # of Stations # of Markets BIAfn rank
1 Emmis Communications 12,328,571 21 7 8
2 Viacom International 11,431,976 183 41 2
3 Bonneville International Corp. 9,437,500 20 6 12
4 Greater Media 7,551,389 18 6 14
5 Jefferson-Pilot Communications 7,367,647 17 5 16
6 Susquehanna Radio Corp. 7,125,806 31 9 11
7 ABC Radio Inc. 6,925,862 58 29 5
8 Sandusky Radio 5,820,000 10 2 22
9 Spanish Broadcasting System 5,550,000 23 8 15
10 Cox Radio Inc. 5,283,951 81 18 3
11 Hispanic Broadcasting Corp. 4,574,545 55 15 10
12 Radio One Inc. 4,485,891 64 22 7
13 Entercom 3,923,798 104 19 4
14 Inner City Broadcasting Corp. 3,351,471 17 8 23
15 Beasley Broadcast Group 2,689,535 43 11 17
16 Clear Channel Communications 2,645,396 1,231 190 1
17 Journal Broadcast Group 1,922,917 36 8 19
18 Lotus Communications Corp. 1,912,500 24 7 25
19 Saga Communications Inc. 1,667,917 60 11 18
20 Salem Communications Corp. 1,638,253 83 36 13
21 Citadel Communications Corp. 1,528,585 205 41 6
22 Entravision Communications Co. LLC 1,206,604 53 23 20
23 Regent Communications Inc. 1,043,033 61 13 21
24 Cumulus Media Inc. 1,041,296 243 52 9
25 NextMedia Group 870,089 56 11 24

Source: BIA Financial Network Inc.




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