While the FCC defends it media ownership rules in court, some commissioners have a simplified view of what it takes to serve the public interest.
Economic indicators show that radio is poised for revenue recovery, but it's going to be a long road.
The 2010 NAB Show had a refreshed feeling this year, and the upbeat attitude was obvious in the exhibit hall and sessions.
Attendance at the 2010 NAB Show was up, spirits were high, and the media industry in general appears to be on an upswing.
For radio stations, streaming should be viewed as yet another path to reach an audience.
HD Radio, radio station apps, IP audio, and CAP will be popular topics at the 2010 NAB Show.
With our increasing hunger for speed and data, we're not always satisfied with what's available, but it appears that is changing.
Senate bill S.2881 -- the FCC Commissioners' Technical Resource Enhancement Act -- aims to provide greater technical resources to FCC Commissioners.
The reality is that EAS does not really work as well as it was intended. Editor Chriss Scherer does not believe any broadcast station should ever, as part of a standard plan, originate an alert.
Another RF expert takes over the RF Engineering column reins from John Battison: Jeremy Ruck. John is stepping back from his routine involvement with Radio magazine.
As the rules of business are bent and retooled to ensure success, coopetition is a way for two or more typical competitors to work together for their mutual benefit.
For all radio does to promote itself as a consumer technology, it keeps coming up short.
There's a new man at the helm of the FCC. Julius Genachowski has served as chief counsel to former FCC chairman Reed Hundt as well as being involved with media and telecommunications, so at least he joins the agency with some familiarity as to its function.
As we look ahead for relief, we see the predictions: on-air ad sales look flat, but online has promise. The overall economic view predicts a better future.
So is it worth attending the 2010 NAB Show? I think so. And right now is the right time to begin planning to attend.
For years exhibitors have been talking about the quality of the attendees being good even though quantity had slipped. This year was the ultimate example of that with fewer attendees, but those who were there were serious buyers.
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A fellow engineer tells me about some recent equipment failures, and he is concerned about the quality of manufacturing. I understand his concern. There is an expectation for a professional product to provide reliable service. He is not expecting unrealistic support, but he is expecting the product to work.
The bad taste of former Chairman Kevin Martin still lingers, but immediate efforts are being made to cleanse that memory. The first step was President Obama naming Michael Copps to be the interim chairman of the FCC.
We're due for a chairman who can lead the FCC and make real progress. Who's the next chairman? Julius Genachowski, Don Gips, Larry Strickling and Blair Levin are some of the names I have heard.