Shaping radio today and tomorrow

April 1, 2003


Do you remember?

At NAB1994 consolidation, digital broadcasting, RBDS and competingtechnologies were the hot topics on the show floor. With more than 800exhibitors occupying about a half-million square feet of space plus SBEand IEEE sessions, there was plenty to see and do.

Highlights of the SBE technical sessions included an overview ofcommercial delivery over ISDN and ISO/MPEG Layer II coding. On Tuesday,the afternoon technical sessions focused on testing new technologiesfor emergency alerting systems. Sessions called "This is no Longer aTest," "Cable TV and the New EBS" and "User-friendly EBS" keptattendees informed on this subject. On Wednesday, the popular topic forsessions was DAB. Sessions included an update on the NASA/VOA DABtests, "DAB on Trial: Eureka 147-The System with a Future" an AT&TDAB update and a USA Digital Radio FM DAB system update.

Another notable event of NAB1994 was the Engineering Achievementawards luncheon where Charles T. Morgan, senior VP of engineering,Susquehanna Radio, York, PA, received the radio engineering award andThomas Vaughan, president, PESA Micro Communications, Manchester, NH,received the television engineering award.

That was then

In 1994, Pacific Recorders and Engineering offered the ADX, adigital production system, which was a fully integrated system thatcombined the flexibility of digital recording and editing with thespeed of a fully automated production mixer. Instead of storing audioelements, the ADX would recall and recreate the mixing and processingtalent of the producer. It had the ability to precisely replay complexmultitrack production work from as long ago as a month. According toADX advertisements, compared to other first-generation workstations,the ADX was unencumbered by architectural limitations. It was designedto grow and expand with the station's needs. Even the basic system hadmore standard features than any previous workstations.

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A look at radio today


Hearing the Music You Like Most
statistics sorted by age
“Thinking about the music you enjoy the most, do you hear itplayed on the radio frequently, occasionally, rarely ornever?”

Source: the Future of Music Coalition, Nov. 18, 2002.



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