July 2008

July 2008


The business of engineering

As an engineer, you likely have a passion for solving problems. You see a challenge, identify possible solutions, formulate a strategy and get the job done. But while most engineers have excellent troubleshooting skills, many do not have the best business skills.


Feel the Power

From generator and UPS back-up to alternative sources, facility power is often-overlooked but mission-critical.


Upbeat Digs

Today, WNYZ, which covers Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Northern New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut, brings a new beat to the tri-state area.


New Products (Jul 2008)

New products from Broadcast Tools, Cynocast.com, Drawmer, Har-Ken Specialties, Henry Engineering, Lectrosonics, Mackie, Presonus Audio Electronics, Rycote Microphone Windshields, Samson Technologies, Sealevel and STIL Designs.


The Public and Broadcasting updated

The new edition was released in connection with the FCC's ongoing localism proceeding and is intended to serve as a preliminary instruction manual for members of the public who want to raise issues with the FCC about station performance.


Tweaking the antenna system

The last link in the broadcast chain under the control of the broadcast engineer is the transmitter and antenna system. From then on quality of reception is left in the hands of the listeners. Thus it puts the onus of transmitting the best possible signal on the station engineer.


Field Report: Centrance Micport Pro

Capturing audio material is sometimes best done using a laptop or desktop computer, and sound equipment is sometimes hard to lug around or unavailable. The Micport Pro tags along easily in a computer carrying case. Just snap on your favorite microphone and hit record.

Deva Broadcast Band Scanner Pro

For me, the attraction of this device was that it was a quick FM measurement tool I could fit in my laptop bag. It was something I could use to make a cursory measurement before I committed the serious hardware to the job.


Tips on alternative power supply, road rack wiring, and rubber belts

Alternative power supplies, road rack wiring and rubber belts.


Sign Off

Looking back at McCurdy Radio Industries from 1974, Marvin Collins on the job at WUSH in 1956 and how today's youth are listening to radio.


Currents Headlines from the July 2008 Issue

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

Radio Currents Online - Jun 30 - Jul 6, 2008

The technology, business, people and product news of the radio broadcast industry updated every day for the week of June 30 - July 6, 2008

Radio Currents Online - Jul 7 - Jul 13, 2008

The technology, business, people and product news of the radio broadcast industry updated every day for the week of July 7- July 13, 2008

Radio Currents Online - Jul 14 - Jul 20, 2008

The technology, business, people and product news of the radio broadcast industry updated every day for the week of July 14- July 20, 2008

Radio Currents Online - Jul 21 - Jul 27, 2008

The technology, business, people and product news of the radio broadcast industry updated every day for the week of July 21- July 27, 2008

Radio Currents Online - Jul 28 - Aug 3, 2008

The technology, business, people and product news of the radio broadcast industry updated every day for the week of July 28- August 3rd, 2008


Contributor Pro-file: Barry Thomas

This month: Meet Barry Thomas, Vice President of Engineering, Lincoln Financial Media.

July 2008 Advertiser Links

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