Shaping radio today and tomorrow

October 1, 2003

Do you remember?

Designed specifically for broadcast production, the FostexFoundation 2000LS random access recorder/editor featured the speed,ease of use and audio quality of its predecessor, the Foundation2000.

The Foundation 2000LS offered a dedicated user interface withtouch-screen display, real-time operation, event-based editing,waveform display and expandability to a full Foundation 2000 at anytime.

In an ad from our September 1994 issue, the unit was touted by oneuser as having "audio scrubbing is so clean, you'll swear you'rerocking reels." This piece of equipment was advertised as costing lessthan $15,000 in the Fall of 1994.

In the mid-90s, digital editing technology was still in an infantstage. Dedicated workstations, such as the Foundation 2000LS, wereleading the way because PC-based systems did not yet have thehorsepower to provide an affordable system. Also, many users were stillattached to ree-to-reel editing mentalities and preferred the familiarcontroller interface.

That was then

In January 1922, Bamberger's Department Store in Newark, NJ, decidedto create a radio station as an indirect promotional gimmick for thestore. The idea was to help sell the new wireless radio sets the storestocked.

The store got a license for the station from the Federal WirelessCommission in Washington, DC. It received a license for WOR to operateon 360 meters, powered by a 250W transmitter. With this power, thestation could broadcast for several hundred miles. The studio andtransmitter were located in the Bamberger's department store.

On Feb. 22, 1922, the station went on the air. On April 6, 1922, thetransmitter was moved to the roof. Two 65-foot masts linked by aneight-wire antenna also improved operations. The staff functioned asengineers and air personalities and, in between, the staff soldradios.

Today, WOR is one of the active proponents of IBOC.

Source: WOR Radio: The First Sixty Years, 1922 - 1982.

Sample and Hold

Consumer Acceptance of Digital Radio

How interested are you in an automobile digital radio that providesCD-quality sound and the ability to display information if the cost ofthe digital radio was included in your monthly car papyment?

Sample base: 1,118 men and women with an even age, gender and incomedistribution. Source: eBrain Market Research - Digital and SatelliteRadio Mini Study - March 2003.

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