Problems and solutions 

In the eyes of broadcasters, December was a busy month for the FCC. Broadcasting is just one small part of the FCC’s concerns, so when several significant rulings are made at once, broadcasters naturally take notice. Two recent actions deal with broadcast ownership while another deals with programming localism. Now that the FCC has acted, there are more questions raised than answers provided.

Engineered for business 

Why do radio engineers choose their career in radio engineering? We obviously have the aptitude and the skills for the job, but there are other reasons. I think many engineers will tell you that they do their job because it's not really like work. It's like getting paid to practice a hobby.

Out of mind, but not out of sight 

"Why do you listen to radio?" Depending on how listeners are asked this question, the replies can be wildly different, as was shown in a recent study. The results go beyond the actual question to reveal other important aspects of radio.

Tag! Is this it? 

The technology, called tagging, works with a radio that includes the tagging capability. That makes sense, right? The idea is that a listener hears a song he likes, presses a button (or some similar simple action) and the song is tagged for immediate or later purchase.

Convention time 

So which conventions did you attend? If you’re going to lament that you can’t attend any conventions, remember that I have heard all the common complaints from people who don’t attend conventions.

A FAQ on CAP 

The mid-July 2007 further notice of proposed rulemaking from the FCC concerning EAS has begun the process of bringing the system into the 21st Century. However, the FCC action raises more questions than it answers.

Awareness is not the same as interest 

The HD Radio "Discover It!" campaign appears to be creating awareness of HD Radio, but it seems to be missing the mark when it comes to consumer interest.

Satellite radio merger? Why not? 

Many doubt that the merger proposal will pass, but if it actually does, what will be the real harm to terrestrial radio? If terrestrial is as good as it thinks, there will be no ill effects.

Radio's real fix 

Some say that HD Radio won't save radio broadcasting, and that we should focus instead on better programming. Why not do both?

How was Your NAB Experience? 

It seems that the current trend in new product development is based on incremental improvement, not sweeping change.

Another step for IBOC 

The FCC has brought a ubiquitous digital radio standard a little closer to being a reality.

License? Who needs a license? 

A pirate LPFM station in Goldfield, NV, operated by Rod Moses, has shown radio pirates how to circumvent the FCC rules.

The consumer view of digital media 

Set adrift in the sea of gadgets and gizmos, my main quest was to gauge the presence of HD Radio at the CES convention. The good news: HD Radio has finally made a mark.

Save the birds, but save the towers 

We can protect the migratory birds, but it’s important to prevent an unnecessary rulemaking from becoming a tremendous burden to all broadcasters.

How to make HD Radio succeed: do nothing 

Broadcasters, Ibiquity and the HD Digital Radio Alliance are all trying hard to make HD Radio a success. This is all good, but the truth is that for HD Radio to succeed, broadcasters should not have to do anything.

Who was first? 

Simply asking "who was first?" doesn't always yield the correct answer. The truth is that KDKA and Marconi just marketed themselves better than the others.

What do consumers know? 

It is encouraging to hear that more receivers are becoming available, although many of them will not be ready for the upcoming holiday season.

A report card on HD Radio 

The last time I conducted my field study on HD Radio in the stores was in the August 2005 issue. Unfortunately, not much has changed.

Airways and airwaves 

The FAA seeks greater control of some broadcast spectrum in a new proposal for rulemaking. It's troubling that the FAA NPRM deals with EMI in a broad way, but this fits with how the FAA has always viewed spectrum issues

Micromanaging the FCC 

When it comes to regulating the radio spectrum, let the House and Senate raise their concerns, but let the FCC conduct its own business regarding third-adjacent channel protections.

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