December 2007

December 2007


Engineered for business

Why do radio engineers choose their career in radio engineering? We obviously have the aptitude and the skills for the job, but there are other reasons. I think many engineers will tell you that they do their job because it's not really like work. It's like getting paid to practice a hobby.


Performance evaluation

With HD Radio, it's important to monitor and measure the time alignment and level alignment between the analog modulation and the MPS, and stations will likely want to monitor the RBDS on the analog channel along with PAD data for both the MPS and SPS. Fortunately, there are now multiple monitoring devices made specifically for HD Radio, and each of these devices gives the end user options about which parameters are to be measured, and how the device is to alert the user once a problem is detected.


Sleek, fast and ready to move

In early October of this year, MRN Radio, the voice of NASCAR, crossed the finish line by moving to its new studio facilities. While one advantage of this move was that the facility did not support a 24-hour on-air operation, it was not simply a move across town. The studio moved 500 miles.


Tips on rack mounting, RE-20, studio head room, and tape machine maintenance

Remote rack mounting, tape machine maintenance, studio headroom and from the Tech Tips Mailbag.


Project management

The project management professional (PMP) has only recently become a specialized credential recognized in a wide variety of businesses. In fact, many companies now consider formal project manager training and certification for new hires or employees seeking to grow within an organization.


FCC issues surface in presidential race

Only a month or two before the 2008 presidential nominees face off in primaries, and less than a year before the general election, top candidates from both major parties are discussing key issues affecting communications policy.


New Products (Dec 2007)

New products from HHB, Mackie, LEA International, Avlex, LAN International, Audioquest, Dielectric, DM Engineering, Disc Makers, Neutrik, Crown Broadcast, Coaxial Dynamics, Ledtronics, Winmedia Software, Axia Audio, New Avionics, MXL Microphones, Nott, Editshare, Adobe Systems, Audio Precision, Wireworks, Newer Technology, Lavry Engineering and Belden.


KRK VXT Series

For KRK groupies, these are a home run. Their brand ancestry is definitely audible. The company has retained the good from their previous mid-level lines, while improving other facets of their design. However, for broadcasters these boxes pack a lot of punch for a modest price. And the limiting circuit and ready-to-mount abilities make them good candidates for the control or production room.

Field Report: Mackie 642-VLZ3

The big differences with the 1642-VLZ3 are the mic preamps and the EQ sections on the console. Mackie totally redesigned the mic preamps for this line.


Sign Off

WXVW studios in 1968, a Texar ad from 1988 and current vs. future mobile phone usage.


Currents Headlines from the December 2007 Issue

The online headlines from the December 2007 issue of Radio magazine.

Radio Currents Online - Nov 26 - Dec 2, 2007

The technology, business, people and product news of the radio broadcast industry updated every day.

Radio Currents Online - Dec 3 - Dec 9, 2007

The technology, business, people and product news of the radio broadcast industry updated every day.

Radio Currents Online - Dec 10 - Dec 16, 2007

The technology, business, people and product news of the radio broadcast industry updated every day.


Contributor Pro-file: Dan Israel

During his 25 years of production, Dan Israel has produced and engineered for NBC-Universal, CBS, ABC Sports, ESPN, NFL Films and HBO.

December 2007 Advertiser Links

Links to the advertisers in the December 2007 issue of Radio magazine.

2008 Buyers Guide Advertiser Links

Links to the advertisers in the 2008 Buyers Guide of Radio magazine.

Engineer's Notebook

The Radio magazine Engineer's Notebook includes tips, tricks, hints and formulas for radio broadcast engineers. Radio magazine covers radio broadcast technology - transmission, digital audio, streaming, digital audio broadcasting - for engineers, managers and owners.