January 2008

January 2008


Problems and solutions

In the eyes of broadcasters, December was a busy month for the FCC. Broadcasting is just one small part of the FCC''s concerns, so when several significant rulings are made at once, broadcasters naturally take notice. Two recent actions deal with broadcast ownership while another deals with programming localism. Now that the FCC has acted, there are more questions raised than answers provided.


A break from Tradition: Using IP for an STL

A station's studio to transmitter link (STL) is an integral part of its mission-critical transmission system, linking the site that generates the program material to the transmitter location itself. As such, the quality and reliability of STL equipment has always been of paramount importance. One critical aspect of an STL system has historically been lack of contention in its use.


Built Right

For the Saga Communications stations in Asheville, NC, the need to update the facility that had more than 30 years behind it set the steps in motion. While a modern facility was the goal, the Asheville project provided Saga with the opportunity to implement some new technologies and try some new approaches. In the end, a necessary rebuild provided a showcase for the station and the group owner.

Automation Server Performance Enhancement

The keys to the revenue-producing potential of a facility are performance, reliability and ease of operation of the computer-based audio system (CBAS). Here are some ways to improve performance and reliability of the CBAS in a facility. Ease of operation I''ll leave to the vendors.


Tips on rack maintenance, efficient rack use, power distribution, and deeper racks

Rack maintenance, efficient rack use, power distribution and deeper racks.


Don't become a statistic

There are many lists extant of precautions to take before working with high voltage pieces of equipment. Lethal incidents may be more often caused by completely unexpected circumstances than from pure, careless accidents.


FCC Adopts Protections for LPFM

In a move designed to enhance the long-term viability of low-power FM stations and encourage new voices, the FCC has adopted and proposed additional rules, which will afford LPFM stations quasi-primary service status and provide other benefits.


New Products

New products from Asentria, Behringer, Broadcast Electronics, Calrec Audio, Centrance, D.A.V.I.D., Digital Alert Systems, DM Engineering, Falcon Electric, Golden Acoustics, HHB, Hosa Technology, Kaltman Creations, Ledtronics, Marantz, Meyer Sound, MGE UPS Systems, MXL Microphones, NTI, OMT Technologies, Orban, Rane and Turnkey Media Systems.


Field Report: Enco Systems DAD

Southern California Public Radio operates both KPCC in Pasadena, CA, and KUOR in Redlands, CA. The two stations broadcast throughout Los Angeles County,

Field Report: Burk Watchband

Watchband more than exceeded the expectations of Nasau Vermont: Not only can all 14 stations be monitored from one location, but the group can also monitor all the stations plus its competition from any location that has network access.


Sign Off

A Collins 12H console at WFMS Indianapolis, Pete Fornatale at WFUV and America's techiest cities.


A reel shock

I was shocked at your story on Otari. Shocked. Almost fell out of the chair. You mean to tell me that 20 years have gone by and I still have three of


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Contributor Pro-file: Jeff Krinock

Starting as a student board operator 10 years ago, Krinock has co-produced and directed Film Week with Larry Mantle as well as various other live and taped shows.

January 2009 Advertiser Links

Links to the advertisers in the January 2009 issue of Radio magazine.