Long-form radio programming was once a staple part of radio entertainment. GAP Digital, a recording facility near Chicago, thrives on creating long-form radio dramas and talking books for radio.
The first step in achieving consolidated facility efficiency is to relocate all the radio stations owned by a single company to one central location. The primary design issue for any radio station is the organization of the programmatic elements in a way that promotes efficient operation. Addressing the station's needs from the beginning will avoid costly mistakes later.
Ibiquity has completed tests for its FM IBOC system, and tests for the AM version are currently underway. What interests most broadcasters is understanding the test objectives. At this critical point in the acceptance of IBOC, stations should be aware of the efforts being made to develop a workable and realistic system.
Part 1 of our Special Report.
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.
Part 3 of our Special Report.
Part 2 of our Special Report.
After nearly 20 years of working in radio, being involved in the design process of Westwood One's Washington, DC, studio facility was something of a departure from my experience. I learned that sound isolation, sound deadening and noise elimination are not necessarily a primary focus. In some cases, background noise can be a good thing.
Just about every feature we have appreciated in the broadcast cartridge has been replaced by a more flexible and better-sounding alternative.
Digital audio has provided radio with a means to deliver a higher-quality sound without requiring significant additional cost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the face of radio broadcasting evolves, industry professionals are faced with many decisions, including determining a fair salary.
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.
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.
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.