As the new technical editor for Radio, I’d like to introduce myself, say hello and also ask a few questions.
First, which are the topics that are most important to the typical broadcast engineer? I’d suggest that they can be summed up by the following:
• In what ways can I make my job easier, and prove myself more important to the boss and my colleagues?
• What’s the future of the broadcasting business going to be like?
• What interesting things are going on at other stations (war stories)?
We can actually break the first question up in to several separate ones:
• What can I do to keep my work life more under my control?
• How can I show the boss that I’m the expert?
• How can I help the enterprise make/save money?
Those items are of importance whether you work in commercial or public radio.
The second question begs the following:
• Is broadcasting going to continue to be a viable way in which to earn a living?
• Why do there not appear to be many young people taking up the business?
The third question really gets down to the fact that we are interested in news. Information gathered easily and quickly has been one of the real benefits of the Internet. Naturally, broadcasters are interested in what is going on in their field—and that’s why war stories are so important. You want to hear that someone else “has it as bad, or perhaps even worse” than you do. It’s human nature.
All three questions lead to topics that we’re going to cover in the magazine, on our website and in our other offerings. Looking forward in my new role with Radio, let me describe the approach that I want to take. When we present technology it will be for one of the following reasons:
• To introduce beginners, or those who fulfill many roles at the station, to the everyday technology of radio broadcasting, or
• To the technical veterans, we want to introduce new technology and let you know how to use it
• To all readers—how to make your job easier and your role more valuable
As an author, I can tell you that one of the difficult parts, at the start, is determining the audience for whom the article is to be written. I know from prior feedback and correspondence that many readers are either beginners or they are one of the proverbial wearers of many hats at a radio station and simply need to know the “how” and not necessarily the “why” behind some technique I have described. On the other hand, as a lifer in this field, I’m interested in the newest technology.
Radio is for all interested in the technology of radio broadcasting, and we want to keep you coming back for more. I welcome your feedback and I’d love to hear about ideas for stories or even columns. We’re creating this magazine for you — so the more feedback we get, the better the outcome is likely to be.