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.
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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 rank||GroupOwner/Operator||Revenue per station ($)||#of Stations||#of Markets||BIAfn rank|
|6||Susquehanna Radio Corp.||7,125,806||31||9||11|
|7||ABC Radio Inc.||6,925,862||58||29||5|
|9||Spanish Broadcasting System||5,550,000||23||8||15|
|10||Cox Radio Inc.||5,283,951||81||18||3|
|11||Hispanic Broadcasting Corp.||4,574,545||55||15||10|
|12||Radio One Inc.||4,485,891||64||22||7|
|14||Inner City Broadcasting Corp.||3,351,471||17||8||23|
|15||Beasley Broadcast Group||2,689,535||43||11||17|
|16||Clear Channel Communications||2,645,396||1,231||190||1|
|17||Journal Broadcast Group||1,922,917||36||8||19|
|18||Lotus Communications Corp.||1,912,500||24||7||25|
|19||Saga Communications Inc.||1,667,917||60||11||18|
|20||Salem Communications Corp.||1,638,253||83||36||13|
|21||Citadel Communications Corp.||1,528,585||205||41||6|
|22||Entravision Communications Co. LLC||1,206,604||53||23||20|
|23||Regent Communications Inc.||1,043,033||61||13||21|
|24||Cumulus Media Inc.||1,041,296||243||52||9|
Source: BIA Financial Network Inc.