Engineers Do Not Live by Transmitters Alone (But They’re Interested in Them!)

Operating expense budgets and capital budgets are also probably on your radar
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September is the time of the year that broadcasters first begin to think about what we�ll be doing at work next year. Operating expense budgets and capital budgets are probably on your radar.

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Many readers recently completed our online Reader Survey, and I thank you for doing so. Here are a few takeaways:

� � Engineers could really use more staff.

� � Engineers need more help!

� � Oh � did I mention engineers are overworked?

At Radio, we�re paying attention to those needs and developing content that will help you out. Our 2015 Salary Survey also resulted in many of the same calls for help, by the way. Come back next month for an analysis of its results. (I can�t wait!)

Another takeaway from the survey is that the number one topic of interest is the transmitter. (Surprise!) This month we�re covering the topic extensively. I�ve put together some of the common reasons to buy a new transmitter, and separately, discussed some transmitter types and brands of which you should be aware.

We also have a new author this month, Rolin Lintag, who shares his ideas and strategies for going to management and making your case for what your station needs.

You also indicated that you want help with AM antenna arrays, so Jeremy Ruck has presented his troubleshooting methodology for directional (and non-D) antennas. All you need do is to read it and heed it. It�s a great article you probably should read multiple times. We�re trying to take the mystery of out AM antennas for you.

I�ve also learned that many readers are in markets 100 and below, and often work within tighter budgets, and you�re not able to do all the things �the big boys do� (or so you think). I can tell you that the notion that major markets work under a �blank check� mentality is a myth. Many stations are built along the lines of iHeartMedia�s Toledo, Ohio, cluster. Check out our facility showcase for this example.

This month we�re primarily covering standards. Still, for those who do not live by transmitters alone, we have some new technology to talk about.

Mario Hieb contributed an article on the Seattle KEXP build, which has expanded the boundaries that define what a radio station is. Read it to see where we�re headed.

For our Field Report, Chris Wygal dives headfirst into the world of LiveLook, software the helps you analyze what is going on with, and how to improve, audio-over-IP packet streams.�

It�s also time for the fall Radio Show. This issue features a map, exhibitor listing and some tech session overviews to help you plan your trip.

Lee Petro is keeping an eye on FCC actions; I�ve continued my series on emergency planning; and the Wandering Engineer wraps up this month�s issue � are �Tiger Teams� really going to work? (Don�t overlook SignOff.)