Let's Automate! 

Part 1 of our Special Report.

Classic Transmitters 

Radio broadcasting in the U.S. has a rich history, and great stories have been told and written about call letter origins, news coverage, format development, programming and promotion snafus, and all the famous TV celebrities who got their starts in radio.

The World's Largest Battery 

Part 3 of our Special Report.

The Case of the Modulated Maytag 

Part 2 of our Special Report.

Trends in Technology: Audio Storage and Delivery Systems 

Just about every feature we have appreciated in the broadcast cartridge has been replaced by a more flexible and better-sounding alternative.

Keeping Digital Clean 

Digital audio has provided radio with a means to deliver a higher-quality sound without requiring significant additional cost.

The useful folded unipole 

One of the advantages claimed for the folded unipole is its broad bandwidth. However, years of experience have shown that this can vary greatly depending on several factors, mainly overall tower height.

RF Combiners 

Transmitting several frequencies from a single broadband antenna system requires the use of a combining system, or combiner, composed of RF filters and interconnecting transmission line. Generally, a combiner can be categorized as branched (star point) or balanced (constant-impedance). These types may use band-reject (notch) or band-pass filters.

IBOC: A Look From Every Angle 

It's a cool Monday morning; the first in October, in fact. After opening your office, and after downing the requisite two cups of coffee, you turn on your computer and open them: The dreaded capital budget spreadsheets.

More on IBOC Antennas 

The article titled "Transmission: Implementing IBOC" in the October 2001 issue of BE Radio is very informative, but one concept in it may need further clarification.

Facility Showcase: Inside XM Satellite Radio - The Start of Something Big 

You have seen several large radio facilities in the pages of BE Radio, including those for Clear Channel Denver and Sirius Satellite Radio. When they were completed, those facilities were the largest radio facilities in existence in North America. As is usually the case, once a milestone is achieved, the challenge to exceed it is made.

Trends in Technology: Recording Sound 

If you have a storage room full of old cart machines, portable cassette decks and reel-to-reel machines collecting dust, you are not alone. Seasoned broadcasters may find it difficult to let go of the past, but welcome the new choices of the digital recording machines on the market today, which have replaced their old analog counterparts.

Targeted ad insertion 

The question of "How can I make money Webcasting?" has taken on the new twist of "How can I afford it?" Ad insertion systems, which were originally an evolutionary step toward creating new revenue sources, are now in the spotlight as a means to manage these new fees.

2001 Salary Survey - Write-in Comments 

The Salary Survey contained additional questions that allowed respondents to comment on radio issues.

2001 Salary Survey 

As the face of radio broadcasting evolves, industry professionals are faced with many decisions, including determining a fair salary.

Trends in Technology: Loudspeakers 

If you ask most jocks/announcers what type of loudspeakers they would like in the control room, you might hear a response like “lots of power so I can feel the music.” If you put this query to the station engineer, you're just as likely to get a different response with specs on sensitivity and power handling.

Get into the Production Groove 

The phrase “radio production” is a catch-all phrase used to describe any event that is not created live on the air. Production reaches farther than commercials and includes non-commercial production work such as station imaging and promotion, and feature program origination.

Digital STLs 

Until the last few years, the narrow bandwidth (300kHz) of the 950MHz radio channels, which was adequate for the audio and technical standards of the all-analog world, was insufficient to handle the much greater bandwidth of the digital signals of newer generation, AES3-compliant studio equipment.

The 2001 NAB Radio Show 

When the NAB Radio Show returned after the demise of the World Media Expo, New Orleans played host to the event. That show was well attended, and New Orleans proved itself to be a worthy convention city. Four years later, the NAB Radio Show makes its way back to the Big Easy.

Digital Audio Workstations 

One would think that by now all radio stations and audio production studios have replaced their analog reel-to-reel tape recorders with some type of digital editing system. Many have, but surprisingly, my visits to different facilities have revealed that there are still many that haven't upgraded to the latest technology.

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