Top Online Articles of 2009

December 31, 2009

As a year draws to a close we like to look back and review the events of the past 12 months. What we see is a mix of good and bad. Still, the look back helps us look ahead.

As part of this look back, we pulled the statistics for articles accessed at We focused on three areas: the site overall, Facility Showcase articles and the Radio Currents. We post a great deal of information online at, and it's interesting to see what you access when you visit the site.

Being that today's newsletter is being delivered on New Year's Eve, we decided to dedicate this issue of the Currents Weekly E-mail to our own top article lists.

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-- Chriss Scherer, CPBE CBNT
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Overall Site


Variation on the Shielded-Loop AM Antenna

A variation on the antenna's construction.


Reporting a Tower Light Outage to the FAA

When a tower is not properly lit because of a light outage, the tower owner is required to notify the FAA. Here's how you do it.


NAB Opens 2009 Marconi Radio Award Nominations

Marconi Radio awards are presented to stations and personalities exemplifying overall excellence in radio broadcasting.


Tips on RS-232, serial data, and satellite dish tune-up

Serial data explained Even though there are faster and easier ways to connect data devices, many older protocols, particularly RS-232, live on. I have


Tower inspection and climbing

At one time, tower climbing and inspections were something that everyone and anyone could do. In today's safety-conscious world, it pays to play by the rules and do it right.


Engineer's Notebook

The Radio magazine magazine Engineer's Notebook includes tips, tricks, electronic symbols, FCC info, conversions and calculations for engineers, managers and owners.


Today in Radio History

Radio magazine brings you the important dates in history that relate to radio broadcasting.


Radio 2009 Calendar Wallpaper

Need a calendar for your computer desktop? Download ours and always be up to date.

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Facility Showcase Articles


Clear Channel Rochester Moves

A studio move sounds simple, but because the city was reimbursing Clear Channel for the move, the city had to review the bids.


WOON explores the science of getting small

Moving WOON-AM from storefront to little house took less than three months.


A Clear Consolidation

Bringing together five New York City FM radio stations with long histories of being in their own studio space is no simple task.


New Hampshire Public Radio

Although the timeline for the construction project was to be on the air from the new facility by Dec. 31, 2008, in an almost unheard of turn of events, NHPR originated its first broadcast from the facility at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15.


WILQ rebuilds transmitter site

In the wee hours of the morning the logging truck was hot-wired and taken for a ride on top of Bald Eagle Mountain, the location of WILQ's transmitter site. The driver proceeded to drive the truck straight through the front of the building, using the front door as a target.


Great ideas in studio design

Sometimes when confronting design problems it is helpful to have access to other engineers' approaches to the same or similar problems.


Eye on Radio

What does one do when asked to design and build a TV studio right in the middle of his radio station? Run with it. That's exactly what Cumulus Media-owned WQKC-FM did.


Cumulus Cincinnati reinvents by rebuilding and reusing

In our current economy, planning and executing a major project is becoming increasingly difficult. We must find new and clever ways to build and improve our facilities.

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Top Currents Articles


Los Angeles Fires Approach Mt. Wilson Transmitter Site

A tower camera at the Mt. Wilson Observatory shows the flames approaching.


SBE Introduces SBE University

The first course offered by the SBE University is AM Antenna Modeling.


House Moves on Local Radio Freedom Act

The Local Radio Freedom Act resolution was introduced by Reps. Gene Green (D-TX) and Mike Conaway R-TX).


Rehr Resigns as NAB President and CEO

David Rehr joined the NAB in July 2005 to succeed former NAB President/CEO Eddie Fritts, who held the post for 23 years.


Work to Restore On-Air Signal Begins after WSPA-TV Tower Collapse

A trail has been bulldozed to the site and heavy construction equipment is in transit to the location so work can begin.


State Broadcast Associations Appeal KWVE EAS Fine to FCC

The groups plead that the error was unintentional and the fine does not serve the public interest.


CSB School of Broadcasting Ceases Operations

All 26 campuses are affected. While the school was facing challenges in the student loan market, the closure was forced by the school's lender, National City/PNC Bank.

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Top Currents Articles (cont.)


FCC Allows AMs to use FM Translators

The change allows AM stations to use FM translator stations now licensed or authorized in construction permits that have not expired.


FCC Dismisses KWVE EAS Fine

While the monetary fine is set aside, the station is still being admonished for the error.


Performance Rights Act Passes Senate Committee

If signed into law, the bill will require terrestrial broadcasters to pay a performance fee on music played over the air.


WAEB Tower Falls, Guy Wires Cut

Some speculate if this vandalism is related to the vandalism at the KRKO tower site in Washington.


House Judiciary Committee Approves Radio Performance Fee

This bill will remove the exemption from paying a copyright performance fee on music that terrestrial radio stations currently enjoy.


KRKO Towers Felled by Vandals

While an ecological organization has claimed responsibility, the FBI isn't so sure.

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