Considerations for Radio On-Demand

Lots on offer in this month's issue, ranging from ransomware attacks and emergency preparedness October 20, 2017

My desktop folder for the October issue of Radio magazine is nearly 75 MB, clearly indicative of the fact that we have a complex edition for you this time around. One thing missing is the Salary Survey — it’s coming next month. The location is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YSTRNS7. Take a few moments and complete it, please!

This month in Trends in Technology, we’re looking at a myriad of vendors and services that are in place to help you monetize your online offerings, which, although they probably only account for a small fraction of your station’s revenue, are important because they are growing. Besides, your station needs to be available by whatever means match a listener’s preference. Often, that will be digital today.

Our Facility Showcase this month looks at a small, internet-only station called Rancheria Radio, custom-built for the Miwuk tribe in northern California by RadioDNA. Quite a few broadcasters in Europe started online only, and later added over-the-air radio transmission. One wonders if and when that will occur stateside.

How would your station react to a ransomware attack? We have an extensive article on how San Francisco’s KQED radio and TV responded to just such a thing in June. Enough time has passed that the work-arounds developed, and the lessons learned, can be discussed. Fortunately things are back to “normal” there now, although it is a new normal. This is an article every radio engineer should read; if you have a separate IT department, share it with them, too.

This month’s edition isn’t devoid of plain old radio topics, though. Jeremy Ruck is back this month, with an article on the unfortunate and accidental generation of intermodulation products (in the FM band). Just how are these products generated, found, mitigated and then measured for compliance? If you have an FM at a shared communications site, by all means read this.

The FCC announced its third set of AM revitalization rule revisions in September, this time focusing on reducing the obligations associated with conducting proofs of performance measurements and updating the requirements for Method of Moment proof of performance studies. Lee Petro has the finer details for you.

Dennis Sloatman has our Tech Tips column this month. Is it possible to measure too many parameters with your remote controls? You might say “yes” but I’m of the school, like Dennis, that says “no.” It’s best not to have to wonder what’s really going on at that remote site — far better to get on your smartphone or laptop and simply look at it. Dennis discusses some ideas about the monitoring of generators. After the hurricane season we’ve just been through this article should hit home for everyone.

And, of course last but not least, the Wandering Engineer is back this month, taking on the topic of Blue Alerts. While no one would say these alerts aren’t important and useful, the Wandering is wondering if by using the EAS system for more and more alert messages, its original, simplistic feature set isn’t being lost. See if you agree.

 

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