February 2008

February 2008


The new digital radio

The big news from CES for HD Radio was that a portable chipset was finally unveiled – at least for FM. This is one significant part of the HD Radio rollout that has been noticeably absent. Once implemented, it will provide a necessary element for HD Radio acceptance, putting a digital radio receiver in just about any portable device.


NPR Sheds Light on HD Radio Coverage

The big news from CES for HD Radio was that a portable chipset was finally unveiled – at least for FM. This is one significant part of the HD Radio rollout that has been noticeably absent. Once implemented, it will provide a necessary element for HD Radio acceptance, putting a digital radio receiver in just about any portable device.

2008 CES: More HD Radio Than Ever

Using every square inch of the three halls at the LVCC, CES 2008 overflowed to the Sands Convention Center and into the ballroom at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel as well.

Reaching Parity with Satellite Radio

Satellite radio has the edge over HD Radio. It's been available longer, and it had a huge marketing push across multiple types of media since its inception.


Remotes via IP

In the January Trends in Technology I discussed the difference between TDM and IP in the context of a station's STL system. I asserted that with a LAN


Salem Omaha rebuilds

Salem Communications owns three stations that serve the Omaha market: KCRO-AM, KGBI-FM and KOTK-AM. Each station has a history that goes back many years, and the stations'' previous studios had seen a major part of that history. Salem acquired the three stations in 2004 and 2005, and it was known early on that new facilities were a necessity.


Toast of the Nation

We want our listeners to experience Toast as one program. When the broadcast moves from location to location, we don't want the audience to feel a jarring change. Our Boston venue is the David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee College of Music, while our new West Coast venue, Yoshi''s in San Francisco, is a 400-seat nightclub. But the audio teams managed the sound so that we created one program out of many parts.


Tips on wall-wart power supplies and leftover 6' cords

Wart remover, the spaghetti alternative, and send a tip, win a book.


Radio broadcasting and 700MHz

The FCC is auctioning what may be the most important spectrum allocations of our time. This portion of spectrum will be available as a result of the FCC mandate for traditional analog broadcast television to migrate to the new digital HDTV system by Feb. 17, 2009, specifically the portion previously occupied by channels 60-69.


LPFM rules and proposals released

The news is generally good if you are an LPFM licensee, but bad for FM licensees who plan to make facilities changes that threaten displacement of an existing LPFM station.


New Products

New products from Sony, Arco, K-Sun, Henry Engineering, RF Signs, Allen and Heath, Yellowtec, Tapco, Panamax, Schmart Board, Audio Science, Rapcohorizon, Harrison by GLW, MXL Microphones, Liquid Compass, Audix, Wirecad, Blue Sky International and Netia.


Field Report: Adobe Audition 3.0

Obviously, Audition 3 is far from lacking when it comes to creating top-quality audio. Whether a musician, voice-over artist or radio producer, Audition 3 is pushing the envelope by expanding creative possibilities, making affordable features efficient and available.

Field Report: Denon DN-C640

The Denon DN-C640 is a true professional CD player and the network functionality adds to the experience. The response on playback is tremendous. It took less than a half-hour to have the unit up and running on the network and most configurations were done without using the manual. Intuitive design and user functionality make this CD player a useful tool in any broadcast facility.


Sign Off

Hurricane Camille, KPO San Francisco and cell phone ownership.


Currents Headlines from the February 2008 Issue

The online headlines from the February 2008 issue of Radio magazine.

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February 2008 Advertiser Links

Links to the advertisers in the February 2008 issue of Radio magazine.

Contributor Pro-file: Mark Krieger

In addition to his responsibilities at WJCU, Krieger is a contract engineer in Cleveland.