The NAB Radio Show allows the radio industry the opportunity to
shine on its own without being lost in the shadows of other media
segments. Its core focus is on delivering audio entertainment to a mass
audience. However, the event goes beyond the borders of traditional
radio by integrating information about non-traditional radio topics,
such as streaming and a station's online presence.
The event returns to Seattle this year, which was a successful
location for the convention four years ago. Discussions before the show
always speculate as to the success of the event, but the true measure
of a show's success must be measured by the individual
The sessions and show floor offer something for almost everyone
at the station. BE Radio's NAB Radio Show preview provides plenty of
useful information to help you get the most from the
Insight on sessions
By Chriss Scherer, editor
The NAB Radio Show continues to carry the misconception that it is
only a sales and programming convention. The reality is that there are
three full days of technical sessions. Unfortunately, the complete
schedule does not appear in all the promotional materials for the show,
making it difficult for engineers to show their managers that attending
the convention is important for the technical staff as well.
In addition to the technical program, there are other sessions in
the management track that cover radio technology. Between the exhibit
floor and the sessions, attendees will have plenty to do to keep busy
for three days.
The Technical Workshops concentrate on radio transmission for analog
and IBOC digital systems. Each full-day workshop features speakers who
are recognized as experts in their field. The sessions provide
practical and theoretical information that should help attendees
improve their stations today and prepare for the changes tomorrow.
Workshop attendees also receive a certificate signifying their
attendance. Attendance may also be used to earn SBE recertification
Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
AM/FM Antenna Certification Workshop
AM Session Description: The first part of the workshop will
cover the RF components of AM directional antenna systems, bandwidth
optimization concepts for AM transmission, keeping an AM directional
antenna system in good repair and tactical troubleshooting for AM
AM Segment Presenters: Ron Rackley, vice president, du Treil,
Lundin and Rackley; Benjamin Dawson, president, Hatfield and
FM Session Description: The two parts of this segment are
FM Antenna System Design and Implementation Basics, which
addresses antenna-bay spacing, array factors and array-factor design,
terrain effects, cavity filter systems and directional antenna pattern
development and design criteria; and FM Antenna Maintenance,
which will focus on antenna inspection requirements, antenna repair,
tower access plans, the effects of tower movement on antenna
performance and antenna lifetime, FM signal strength measurements and
FM Segment Presenters: Tom Silliman, president, Electronics
Research Inc.; Bob Surette, manager RF engineering, Shively Labs.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Digital Radio Certification Workshop
Session Description: Produced in cooperation with Ibiquity
Digital, this workshop will highlight the status, station benefits,
implementation and latest cost information about IBOC. Presenters
include representatives of companies that offer IBOC equipment. They
will discuss options and estimated costs of transition.
Presenters: Ibiquity Digital Rollout Strategy and Status, Scott
Stull, director, broadcast business development, Ibiquity Development,
Field Testing and Regulatory Update Glynn Walden, vice president
broadcast engineering, Ibiquity
Wireless Data Business Opportunities Pat Walsh, vice
president wireless data business development, Ibiquity
Wireless Data Opportunities in a Mobile Environment Bill
Whikehart, senior technical specialist, Visteon Tom Wroblewski,
strategy and implementation engineer, Lincoln Mercury Engineering
Manufacturer Implementation Panel I Moderator: Jeff
Detweiler, Ibiquity Panelists: Eric Wandel, ERI; Bill Gould,
Manufacturer Implementation Panel II Moderator: Jeff
Detweiler, Ibiquity Panelists: Bob Surette, Shively; Dave Chancey,
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
AM/FM Transmitter Certification Workshop
Session Description: This three-part workshop focuses on
maintenance issues at the transmitter site. The session workbook is a
reference that can be used long after the session. The workshop will
also feature a session on preparing a transmitter site for IBOC.
Basic Troubleshooting will concentrate on diagnosing
practical transmitter problems and developing a logical strategy to
correct these problems.
A Discussion With the Transmitter Manufacturers is an
opportunity for attendees to talk with representatives from several
transmitter manufacturers. This interactive session offers a chance to
learn about various transmitter manufacturers' design approaches and
recommended maintenance and troubleshooting suggestions on specific
Living Through the Nightmare-You're Off the Air will be a
discussion of some real off-air experiences. Attendees will learn how
other stations made it through the experience and what lessons were
learned from it.
Instructor: John Bisset, Harris
Still more to do
Outside the technical workshops, several sessions cover topics that
may appeal to BE Radio readers.
2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
FCC Rule Enforcement
An update on rule changes and common violations
2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
WWW: What's With Our Website?
A look at website strategies and profit plans
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
The FCC's Audio Service DivisionSpeaks
Covers issues of FM allotments, new filing requirements and more
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Radio Station Streaming
Looks at sound recording royalties, music licensing fees and
4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Satellite Radio: Us vs. Them
Provides insight into the satellite broadcasters and what stations
can do to stay competitive
9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
IBOC Rollout — Across TheIndustries
IBOC implementation from the retailers' and broadcasters'
10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Internet Study IX
The results of the latest Arbitron/Edison Media Research study
If the sessions and exhibits aren't enough to keep attendees busy,
the convention will also hold the Radio Opening Reception on the
exhibit-hall floor on Sept.12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., The FCC
Policymakers' Breakfast on Sept. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., and
the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Reception, Dinner and Show on Sept. 14.
The reception begins at 6 p.m., dinner and the show begin at 7 p.m.
Out and about
By Kari Taylor, associate editor
If you have some spare time while visiting Seattle for the NAB Radio
Show, take a look around the city. Here are of some points of interest
that might pique your curiosity:
The Space Needle at the Seattle Center is the recognized
symbol of Seattle. The tower stands 605 feet (184 meters) tall and
boasts fabulous views of Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, the Cascade and
Olympic mountain ranges and, of course, the actual city itself. Built
for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the Space Needle celebrates its 40th
anniversary this year. Eat dinner at the revolving restaurant, SkyCity,
or visit the observation deck, which is 520 feet (52 stories) high. The
Observation Deck is open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight and a ticket
costs $12 for adults. Visit www.spaceneedle.com for more information.
South of the Seattle Center is the Seattle Waterfront on Elliott
Bay. This used to be the last stop in the states for gold
prospectors heading to Alaska. Now, it is a good place to ride a
trolley or eat some fish and chips. The Waterfront is also where you
will find the Seattle Aquarium and the Omnidome Theater. Washington
State Ferries also depart from the Seattle Waterfront carrying
passengers and cars to Bainbridge Island and the Olympic Peninsula.
Cruises to Victoria, British Columbia, also leave from the Seattle
waterfront. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even go parasailing
Pioneer Square is home to many of Seattle's art galleries,
eateries and Web development companies. Pioneer Square is rich in
history so take the Underground Tour that visits the sunken storefronts
of what was ground-level Pioneer Square before the Great Fire of 1889.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is a small museum that
recounts a time a century ago when gold-seekers came to Pioneer Square
on their way to the Yukon. This historic district becomes an
entertainment district after dark. But when the sports fans and the
club crowds depart, Pioneer Square is a good place to shop, especially
Speaking of sports, don't forget the NFL football season will have
started so you can always watch the Seattle Seahawks play
Arizona on Sept. 15. Beginning in 2002, Seahawks football will be
played in a new stadium, designed with a 67,000-seat capacity and a
roof that covers 70 percent of the seating area. Buy your tickets now
— if they are not already sold out.
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