The Top Radio magazine Stories of 2008 

Radio’s most-viewed stories from this past year.

HD Digital Radio Alliance Markets Through Down Economy 

Broadcasters take their own advice and maintain an advertising presence and staying in front of consumers.

RIAA Takes New Tact with Song Piracy 

Instead of going after song pirates, the RIAA wants to work with ISPs to thwart the efforts.

DHS Seeks Input on IPAWS Support 

FEMA is implementing projects to modernize and integrate the existing Emergency Alert System and National Alert and Warning System programs to provide a national-level all-hazards warning system.

CEA: Consumers Want Green Electronics 

One-third of consumers expect to make eco-friendly CE purchases within two years.

House Report Investigates FCC Problems Under Martin 

A bipartisan investigation was begun because of allegations that Martin abused FCC procedures by manipulating or suppressing reports, data and information.

FCC's Martin Pushes Free Internet, With a Catch 

The outgoing commissioner's plan is to auction spectrum with a mandate to set aside part of it for free Internet use.

Appropriate Use of EAS? 

The EAS was activated in Lubbock, TX, to warn residents of a telephone scam phishing for bank account information.

CEA Revises Holiday Forecast 

The forecast actually bears some good financial news.

Ilounge Poll Puts HD Radio on Top for Iphone Features 

IBOC was put ahead of desired features including a larger screen and alternate controllers.

FCC Extends Sat Radio Deadline for Third-party Access 

The Nov. 28, 2008, deadline has passed. The new deadline is Feb. 27, 2009.

IAAIS Develops Accessibility Standards for HD Radios 

The IAAIS wishes to generate early adoption of the standards by many manufacturers so that many different units will be accessible and simple to use for all radio users.

BIA: Radio Revenues to Continue Decline in 2009 

2008 will likely end -7 percent below 2007, and 2009 looks no better.

FCC Extends IBOC Power Increase Filing Deadline 

The FCC seeks comment on FM digital power increase and associated technical studies.

Housing Registration Opens for 2009 NAB Show 

The convention runs April 18-23, 2009.

NAB Opens Service to America Awards Call for Entries 

The deadline for entries is Feb. 6, 2009.

FCC's Adelstein Calls for PPM Investigation 

Adelstein believes that minority listeners are not being accurately sampled, which threatens media diversity.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Positive on HD Radio Captioning 

Survey shows that a majority of this group would buy unique radios and watch broadcasts at home or in cars.

With New Administration Comes Change for Broadcasters 

Following the election, several political posts may set a new direction for broadcast interests, including a new FCC chairman.

NPR Labs Weighs in on IBOC Coverage, Interference 

Recent publication and distribution of NPR Lab's Digital Radio Coverage and Interference Analysis Research Project (DRCIA) seems to reiterate a point once made by renown physicist Albert Einstein, when he suggested we ought to "make everything as simple as possible - but not simpler."

FCC Adopts Rules for Unlicensed Use of TV White Spaces 

The unlicensed devices must include a geolocation capability and provisions to access an online database of the incumbent services.

CPB Accepts New Grant Applications 

The CPB has approved funding for the digital conversion of 697 public radio transmitters.

Radio History: 'War of the Worlds' 70 Years Later 

The famous radio broadcast created a nationwide panic the night before Halloween.

Opposition to FCC Nov. 4 White Spaces Vote 

The NAB, RTNDA, NCTA and Dolly Parton, along with broadcasters, cable providers, public policy and government watchdog groups also have letters in to the FCC, urging them to delay the vote.

AWRT Adds Two New Student Chapters 

Howard University and Spelman College join the ranks of AWRT student chapters.

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