Shaping radio today and tomorrow

May 1, 2002

That was then

The WABC, New York, main air studio 8A shown here was featured onthe August 1979 cover of Broadcast Engineering. It was operatedwith the announcer and the engineer in the same room. The console is aRupert Neve custom-designed console, built to meet the needs of thestation at the time.

The custom consoles throughout the facility were designed withsimplicity in mind. All unnecessary input switching was eliminated,with the first 10 faders dedicated to sources. The last two faders wereswitchable and were used to access other control rooms, the ABC RadioNetwork or remotes.

The upper right portion of the console features monitoring selectorsfor each set of headphones or speakers, with corresponding levelcontrols. The centered UV meters are switchable to air, program or cue.The switches on the left control a relay air switcher that determineswhich control room is on the air. The center eight indicators show suchthings as bulletin, EBS alarm, carrier off and program outage. Theoverbridge has a clock, timer and end cue indicator, as well astelephone lamps and mic on lights. The controls on the announcer's sideare similar to those on the engineer's side but arranged differently toallow announcer comfort.

Sample and Hold
A look at the technology shaping radio

Revenue rankings by stations owned
Overall revenue is important, but revenue per station shows businessefficiency. While BIA reports the data in overall revenue, we dividedrevenue by the number of stations owned and ranked the groups in thetheir respective order.

BERadio rankGroupOwner/OperatorRevenue per station ($)#of Stations#of MarketsBIAfn rank
1Emmis Communications12,328,5712178
2Viacom International11,431,976183412
3Bonneville InternationalCorp.9,437,50020612
4Greater Media7,551,38918614
6Susquehanna Radio Corp.7,125,80631911
7ABC Radio Inc.6,925,86258295
8Sandusky Radio5,820,00010222
9Spanish Broadcasting System5,550,00023815
10Cox Radio Inc.5,283,95181183
11Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.4,574,545551510
12Radio One Inc.4,485,89164227
14Inner City Broadcasting Corp.3,351,47117823
15Beasley Broadcast Group2,689,535431117
16Clear Channel Communications2,645,3961,2311901
17Journal Broadcast Group1,922,91736819
18Lotus Communications Corp.1,912,50024725
19Saga Communications Inc.1,667,917601118
20Salem Communications Corp.1,638,253833613
21Citadel Communications Corp.1,528,585205416
22Entravision Communications Co. LLC1,206,604532320
23Regent Communications Inc.1,043,033611321
24Cumulus Media Inc.1,041,296243529
25NextMedia Group870,089561124

Source: BIA Financial Network Inc.

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