The Best 10 Years of Radio magazine

September 1, 2003

10 Years of Radio magazine
1998 & 1999

Continuingour retrospective of the past 10 years of Radio magazine, welook at the years 1998 and 1999. Since our first issue in January 1994,the radio industry has changed in many ways. Through these installmentswe will recall the changes in technology, FCC rules and our industry ingeneral. These changes have made radio what it is today, andRadio magazine has been there all along — and we willcontinue to be there.

Time Line


  • Radio

    magazine is the first publication to launch a radio-industrywebsite.

  • High-speed data connectivity, such as DSL, sees earlyacceptance.

  • Popularity of POTS codecs booms.

  • Low Earth-orbit satellite usage threatens RPU usage in the 455MHzband.

  • Flat-screen computer monitors reduce space needs in controlrooms.

  • DRM forms in China.

  • IP Multicast continues efforts to become preferred format forInternet broadcasts.

  • Radio station webcasting starts to be considered a practical effort;Internet audio processors introduced.

  • The Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association releases a reporton digital radio that endorses Eureka 147 and condones IBOC and IBACsystems.

  • Digital Radio Express publicly announces its plans to develop anIBOC standard. Lucent Digital Radio is also formed when Lucent'spartnership with USADR ends.

  • FCC takes first steps at creating LPFM.

  • Radio

    magazine technical editor John Battison receives NAB's RadioEngineering Achievement award.

  • USB and Fire Wire standards are introduced.

  • Tower registration rules take full effect.

  • The American Radio Manufacturers Association (ARMA) forms and holdsits first convention.

  • CD Radio (now Sirius) begins deploying its terrestrial repeaternetwork.


  • The FCC makes construction permits valid for three-year periods.

  • LPFM service is proposed.

  • DVD-A (audio) standard is introduced.

  • Quad Dimensions files claims for patent infringement from EAS.

  • The Cart Chunk standard is proposed.

  • SBE and NFL begin Game-day Coordinator program.

  • CEMA proposes Mobile Multimedia Broadcast Service as DABalternative.

  • Radio

    magazine begins daily online news updates and weekly e-mailnewsletters.

  • FCC issues NPRM on IBOC standards-setting.

  • Final preparations are made for Y2K readiness.

  • Digital Radio Express and USA Digital Radio combine efforts on anIBOC system.

More online

See the Pick Hits from 1998 and 1999 and a gallery of past covers.Click here.

You read it in Radio magazine

By1998, the Internet had shown its value as an important part of a radiostation's operation. Today, it is inconceivable to operate a businesswithout some kind of online presence. In 1998, stations were justgetting comfortable with their efforts. In the February 1998 issue, ourcover story looked at the various ways an Internet presence could beused to a station's best advantage.

“There also may be significant business value in creatingseparate online audio content. Although it may take a bit more workthan simply repeating the air signal, a number of such alternateopportunities for online audio can leverage and repurpose the existingassets of a radio broadcaster.”

While the Internet was growing in popularity and function,Radio magazine had already recognized the potential of the newmedium. Our website,, was launched in March 1998, making itthe first radio industry publication website. From the beginning wehave posted the entire contents of each issue of Radio magazine,but we also have developed unique content that is only availableonline.

Since the initial launch, the site has been revised to providebetter organization and enhanced features. Shown here are screencaptures from the site as it appeared when it first launched andtoday.

When 1999 began, consolidation of ownership was in full swing, butconsolidation of facilities was just getting underway. With the ink dryon station transfers and the business details clarified, manystand-alone stations found themselves facing a studio move to becomepart of a multistation facility operation. Our January 1999 cover storyinvestigated the process of consolidating facilities, and moreimportantly, how to integrate a technical staff to install and maintainthe new headquarters.

“If you have notalready done so, take time to examine the quality of your work and thestate of your facility. You will soon be working with others in yourchosen field on a day-to-day basis. This means you will be dealing withmore than one individual working on the same project ortask.”

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