Radio magazine is written by radio industry professionals for radio industry professionals. Radio magazine delivers in-depth technical expertise with the most-respected editorial content.
The magazine's roots go back to 1959 when Broadcast Engineering magazine was first published. The publication covered radio and TV for many years, but by 1993, the two industries had diverged enough that separate publications were needed to cover both well. In 1994, the first issue of Radio magazine was published.
Radio magazine covers the technology of radio broadcasting for engineers and managers at radio stations, networks and recording studios.
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John Battison, P.E. (Bio)
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Chriss Scherer, CPBE CBNT - editor
Scherer has been the editor of Radio magazine since 1997. Before joining Radio magazine, he was the chief engineer at stations including WMMS-FM, WHK-AM, WZJM-FM, WJMO-AM and WZAK-FM in Cleveland, WYCL-FM in Boyertown/Reading, PA and WEBE-FM in Bridgeport, CT. He also worked as a contract engineer or staff engineer at stations in Miami including WVCG-AM, WHYI-FM, WTMI-FM, WQAM-AM and WKIS-FM. During this time, he was also a contributing author to Radio and Broadcast Engineering magazines.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He is certified as a Professional Broadcast Engineer and a Broadcast Networking Technologist by the Society of Broadcast Engineers. He is a past president of the Society, and has also served three terms as a member of the board of directors and four years as the chairman of the SBE National Certification Committee.
He is active in the local SBE chapter for Kansas City and served as chapter chairman of chapter 59 for three years. He was previously chairman of Cleveland chapter 70. He is active with the Kansas City section of the Audio Engineering Society and serves as the section secretary.
Scherer is a regular presenter or panelist at NAB, The Radio Show, AES and other conventions.
He has experience in many aspects of radio in addition to engineering, including on-air, announcing, operations and production.
In 1987, Scherer graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor of music degree in music engineering technology.
In 2004 he wrote the foreword to the book Career Opportunities in Radio from Ferguson Publishing.
Erin Shipps - senior associate editor
Erin Shipps began as associate editor of Radio magazine in July 2007. Previously she was the associate editor with Gas Engine Magazine, Farm Collector and Steam Traction magazine, and copy editor for Motorcycle Classics, which are all published by Ogden Publications in Topeka, KS. She had been with them since November 2005.
She is a 2005 graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism, emphasis in magazines. She also has experience in radio, having worked at KHCA in Manhattan from 2001 to 2002.
Jeremy Ruck, P.E., - technical consultant, RF and transmission systems
Ruck is the principal engineer of Jeremy Ruck and Associates. He is based in Canton, IL. He was previously a senior engineer with D.L. Markley and Associates. He joined that firm in 1990. His employment began as a cooperative-education assignment. A Peoria native, he graduated from Bradley University with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering degree. While at Bradley, Ruck specialized in RF and transmission lines, high voltage power systems and control theory, and served as the chairman of the student branch of the IEEE. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois.
Ruck started in broadcasting at the age of 15 working at a local CATV facility as a maintenance technician. Prior to joining Markley, he also worked as a maintenance technician at a local video production house.
For the past several years, he has also been a speaker at the Madison Broadcaster's Clinic in Wisconsin, at the Indiana Broadcaster's Association, and other related conferences.
Ruck is an avid ham and has held the call-sign of WM9C since 1988. He has served two terms as the president of the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club. He is involved in civic and fraternal organizations as well as his church, and is the trustee of the Bradley University Amateur Radio Club.
Doug Irwin, CBPE DRB AMD - technical consultant, HD Radio and technical operations
Doug Irwin is a veteran broadcast engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. The majority of his career was spent working in San Francisco, where he was the director of engineering for Clear Channel's stations from 2000 through 2003. After working for Clear Channel in Seattle in the same capacity, he joined the CC/New York City engineering staff in 2007 as the chief engineer of WKTU. Since 2008 he has also been the transmission systems supervisor for the New York market, handling all aspects of transmission for some very successful and iconic stations there, including Lite-FM, Z100, Q104.3 and KTU.
He is certified as a CPBE by the SBE, with the DRB and AMD specialist certifications. Additionally, he is certified by Cisco Systems as a CCNA.
Irwin has been a contributor to Radio magazine since 2001. His writing has been recognized by the Society of Broadcast Engineers in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 by receiving the SBE's Best Technical Article, Book or Program award.
Steven Bell - associate publisher
Bell is a 30-year on-air radio veteran, who currently carries an air shift at KCFX-FM (101 the Fox) in Kansas City. He is also a 10-year sales veteran with Radio magazine. After joining the Radio magazine staff in in 1994, Bell was promoted to the position of national sales director in 2002. After a two-year absence from the publication to work in Prism Business Media's Buyers Guide department, he returned as the national sales director of Radio magazine in 2006.
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John Battison, P.E., CPBE - Former technical editor, RF
John Battison was awarded the prestigious honor of Radio Engineer of the Year by the NAB in 1998; a distinction worthy of his contributions to radio engineering. The SBE bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award to him in 2006. In 2011, that award was renamed renamed the SBE John H. Battison Award for Lifetime Achievement.
A former editor of Broadcast Engineering magazine, Battison has been involved in broadcasting for more than 60 years. He is a Consulting Engineer and Registered Professional Engineer in Washington, DC. He holds amatuer radio license W8KUC.
In 1961, Battison penned an editorial calling for the creation of a new broadcasting technical organization. This rally lead to the creation of the Society of Broadcast Engineers in 1965. Battison served as the Society's first President.
He is the Former Director of Education of the National Radio Institute, Former Director of Engineering for the Ohio State University Radio and TV stations and organizer of the five famous WOSU Engineering Conferences. He is also the former owner/operator/builder of KAVE-AM-TV, Carlsbad, NM.