Here are some of the prevailing ideas and themes from NAB2006.
Bridge Ratings released its updated projections of consumer use of various forms of radio and digital media, and the results look good for radio -- at first glance.
I happened to flip through the 148-page Crutchfield catalog when it opened to page 23 and I saw a JVC car stereo with an LED readout that says HD RADIO. Could it be that this was the moment that so many people have dreamed about?
CES was a chance to show people that terrestrial radio was just as important today as it ever was. Unfortunately, digital terrestrial radio missed a major opportunity to shine.
While the reasons for establishing the HD Digital Radio Alliance are valid, the Alliance should have been launched at least two years ago when the first digital receiver was sold.
While radio waits for the mass rollout of receivers with HD Radio capability, personal electronics devices are bypassing terrestrial radio completely.
The various flavors of IBOC were common topics at the recent fall conventions. While many choose to deny it, the HD Radio rollout is here.
While there are still many opponents to the Ibiquity system, even these people are beginning to acknowledge that the system is here and is seeing acceptance.
Radio has its work cut out for it because HD Radio is the best-kept secret.
Let NRSC-5 determine the basic operation of the system, which it has done. The added features and enhancements are needed, but they can wait until the next standards-setting announcement.
Do you get the respect you deserve? If not, there's only one person to blame.
Three terms can summarize most of the discussion heard at the convention.
I steered the sales people at a couple of local electronics dealers to terrestrial, digital receivers without using the terms IBOC, HD Radio or the dreaded high-definition radio and was told the that the receivers did not exist, that stores had head units but not the receiver unit or that the store had no plans to carry these units.
The Norman Lear Center study of media coverage of the last election has prompted Senator John McCain to introduce a localism bill, which is causing waves.
While a single digital transmission standard has not yet been adopted by the FCC, the industry has already begun moving to IBOC. Despite this, HD Radio isn't the only game in town.
The lines between audio and data are blurred further every day. Recent technology and product introductions take this even further.
You may not like what you see and hear with the current activity in analog and digital radio, but you can follow those who are making a new path, take an active part in clearing a different path or stay where you are and be left behind.
The biggest competitor seems to be satellite radio, which I admit is not a revelation, but there really isn’t a compelling reason that satellite radio should be viewed as such a threat.
Radio market shares may appear to be stable, but while the percentage of an audience listening to a station remains the same, the size of that audience is shrinking.