Is Your Station in the Holiday Spirit?

Doug's advice is to put your plant on “auto-pilot” to the extent possible
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This time of year I try not to take on many big or complex projects. Some staff members are away on vacation, and those of us remaining behind are at least somewhat distracted by the season. My advice is to put your plant on �auto-pilot� to the extent possible.

I often do three things this time of the year: Compile a list of projects to be done heading into the New Year � and I review last year�s list, as well. It�s important to know what�s been scratched off over the last 12 months. Aside from that, I clean up my workspace and get caught up on filing. None of this takes much in the way of brain power, and such projects can be started/stopped/interrupted at any time without causing stress.

Louisville Pubic Media recently completed a $7 million infrastructure renovation, and it�s our Facility Showcase this month. LPM started with one 10 Watt FM station in 1950 � 20 years before the creation of NPR and 17 years before the Public Broadcasting Act. Today, they have three FM stations. It�s a great story, told by Judy Bandstra.

In this month�s Trends in Technology column, we follow up on a recent article about streaming with one focusing on �on-demand radio,� also known as podcasting. This isn�t meant to be a primer (it�s not a complicated topic anyway). But if the topic is new to you, hopefully, this article will give you enough information to get started.

Chris Cottingham has contributed a series of articles about how to use Linux around the radio station, and he�s not done yet. This time around, the topic is virtualization of Windows machines, running on top of Linux.

We�ve covered the difficulties associated with matching delays between over-the-air analog and HD audio � but what about matching OTA audio with that of streaming media? James Cridland tackles that topic this month. It�s coming sooner than later, colleagues.

Many of us are using smartphone apps that �talk� to AoIP codecs back at the radio station in order to carry out remotes, live news breaks, etc. This month, we�re presenting a different service, known as QGoLive, in our Field Report. It�s by an author new to our pages: Brian Oliger of WTOP in Washington.

In Tech Tips, Dennis Sloatman imparts more of his wisdom, gained over a lifetime in our field. Are there hidden single points of failure lurking in your facility? Of course there are. Here are more ideas on what to look for. And try not to get too stressed over them, please.

This issue is rounded out with Lee Petro�s update on recent changes the commission is making to the cross-ownership rules.

And not to be forgotten, the Wandering Engineer offers comments this month on the gift that keeps on giving � a career in broadcast engineering. Yes, there are people � new people � joining our ranks.

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, happy New Year!