We continue our retrospective of the past 10 years of Radio
magazine and look at the years 2000 and 2001. This period saw the peak
and rapid decline of the Internet stock craze, as well as the launch of
satellite radio. Since our first issue in January 1994, the radio
industry has changed in many ways. These installments recall the
changes in technology, legislation and our industry in general. Radio
is a resilient industry and has forged ahead of all the changes.
Through it all, Radio magazine has been there, and we'll
continue to be there in the years to come.
YEARS OF RADIO 2000 & 2001
Y2K bug turns out to be a bust.
The FCC Issues NPRM to establish terrestrial digital radio
The FCC creates LPFM.
Digital radio makes big splash at CES.
The FCC rewrites EEO rules.
The SBE introduces the CBNT certification.
Dot-com businesses boom.
Ad insertion technology introduced.
Lucent and USA Digital Merge to form Ibiquity.
Satellite radio providers launch first satellites.
The FCC is told to rewrite its EEO rules from 2000.
Dot-com boom goes bust.
Radio streaming delivered blow by streaming royalty rates and talent
CFA antenna tests in the UK are delayed.
XM Satellite Radio opens its New York offices.
Arbitron buys RADAR from Statistical Research.
Ibiquity establishes a broadcast advisory board.
DRM unveils its system at IFA Berlin.
Ibiquity conducts listening tests at NAB Radio Show.
NOA Weather Radio replaces Perfect Paul with new voices.
Ibiquity supplies final FM test data to NRSC.
Radio stations are subject to playing royalties for online air
ABC Radio Networks ends DAT/SEDAT transmission.
Car manufacturers announce plans to offer satellite radios in new
Terrorist attack on New York silences FM and TV stations.
XM Satellite Radio begins regular service.
Digital Radio Rollout begins push for DAB in Canada.
ETSI publishes DRM specifications.
FCC authorizes software-defined radio receiver development.
FCC merges Mass Media and Cable Services, creating Media Bureau.
FCC begins study on ownership rules and radio market
NRSC and ITU endorse Ibiquity's FM IBOC.
Partnership for Public Warning organizes.
Arbitron PPM completes phase 1 tests.
See the Pick Hits from 2000 and 2001 and a gallery of past covers.
Click on the 10 Year logo at www.beradio.com.
You read it in Radio magazine
Our January 2000 cover story looked inside the trends of studio
infrastructure. With facility consolidation in full swing and studio
equipment needs at their peak — multiple sources were still
housed in the control rooms — workflow, ergonomics and creature
comfort were still vying for space. While the overall equipment count
has likely decreased in most control rooms, the attention to layout is
Digital audio routing was seeing increased usage, but there were
still plenty of analog sources. We detailed cable routing, HVAC,
equipment placement, acoustic concerns, equipment access issues and
“Digital equipment requires a much different type of grounding
system from that which many engineers are used to in that the bandwidth
of the ground system is now an issue. For a ground system to be
effective, it must maintain a low impedance over a bandwidth from dc to
Signals from the sky
In the November 2000 issue, we turned our eyes to the sky and
investigated the latest in satellite technology. A big change in
satellite delivery was about to take place; ABC was preparing to end
DATS and SEDAT transmission. At about the same time, Satcom C-5, the
home of most radio broadcast satellite programming, was getting ready
to be replaced by GE-8. The new satellite change would deliver about
twice the power of it predecessor.
And just for good measure, the Starguide system was about to undergo
a change for many of its affiliates by upgrading services from
Starguide II to Starguide III systems.
More signals from the sky
The United States experienced its entry into digital radio when the
two satellite radio providers, Sirius and XM, began offering service.
Both services have seen coverage in the consumer media, but we took you
on an inside tour of both facilities in the November 2000 (Sirius) and
October 2001 (XM) issues. (The Facility Showcase article on Sirius
received a Bronze award for Editorial Excellence by the American
Society of Business Publication Editors.)
In the July 2001 cover story, we looked into the technology that
make satellite radio work, including a detailed description of the two
orbital methods used by the providers.