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This is the on-air studio of WFMT Chicago in 1983. WFMT was, and still is, a classic music station with cable distribution of its programming throughout the United States.

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The reel-to-reel tape recorders in the foreground are Revox PR99s; those in the background are Studer A80RCs. The turntables are Technics SP-15s with Audio-Technica tone arms. The console was custom built by the chief engineer at that time, Al Antlitz. The cassette recorder is to the right of the console.

The panel below the cassette recorder and the displays above are for audio routing switcher control, designed and built by Gordon Carter, the current chief engineer at WFMT.

There were also Apt Holman phono pre-amps not seen in the picture. The CD player (behind the word update) was manufactured by Philips/Magnavox, and the microphone is an AKG D-202. Steve Reeder, a WFMT announcer, is at the controls.


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Top 25 Radio Owners by Revenue per Station

Radio magazine 2003 rank Owner Avg. Revenue per station (Radio magazine) ($000) 2003 BIA Total Revenue Rank Radio magazine 2002 rank 2003 BIA Estimated Revenue-Owner ($000) Owner # Stations Present Owner # Markets
1 Infinity Broadcasting 12,199 2 2 2,269,025 186 42
2 Emmis Communications 11,528 10 1 311,250 27 8
3 Greater Media 9,125 13 4 173,375 19 6
4 Jefferson-Pilot Communications 8,197 16 5 147,550 18 5
5 Susquehanna Radio 7,571 11 6 257,400 34 10
6 Bonneville International 6,593 12 3 230,750 35 6
7 Cox Broadcasting 6,237 3 10 474,000 76 18
8 Spanish Broadcasting System 6,180 15 9 154,500 25 7
9 ABC/Disney 6,093 5 7 444,800 73 44
10 Sandusky Radio 5,930 25 8 59,300 10 2
11 Radio One 5,665 7 12 368,250 65 22
12 Univision Communications 4,592 8 * 330,650 72 23
13 Entercom 4,370 4 13 454,475 104 19
14 Inner City Broadcasting 3,412 24 14 64,825 19 8
15 Clear Channel Communications 2,914 1 16 3,535,060 1,213 189
16 Beasley Broadcast Group 2,871 17 15 120,600 42 10
17 Journal Communications 2,042 21 17 77,600 38 8
18 Citadel Broadcasting 1,893 6 21 399,438 211 46
19 Salem Communications 1,807 14 20 168,050 93 35
20 Entravision Holdings 1,718 19 22 89,350 52 21
21 Multicultural Radio Broadcasting 1,632 22 * 76,705 47 22
22 Saga Communications 1,524 18 19 120,375 79 14
23 NextMedia Group 1,206 23 25 72,377 60 11
24 Regent Communications 1,180 20 23 88,515 75 14
25 Cumulus Broadcasting 1,036 9 24 311,780 301 60


BIA ranks owners by total revenue. Radio magazine has taken this data and then divided it by the number of stations owned, to provide a ranking based on individual station average performance, which shows the revenue efficiency of each owner.

For comparison, we have included the BIA ranking, the owner's 2002 Radio magazine ranking and the average revenue per station.

* - Not ranked in 2002.

Source: Data from BIAfn's Media Access Pro




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