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Last month I mentioned that I had just gotten back from the NAB Show, and said little else about it. June has historically been the month that Radio covers the convention. This gives us a little time to recover and to put together our articles and features that are specific to the show.

The NAB show is a �must-attend� event, in my view. As I mentioned in my May column, it�s very beneficial to see the new products, and the new techniques, that can improve your radio station. And let�s not forget�it�s a great place to gather new ideas. Remember, there�s no monopoly on good ideas�and the NAB show is a great place to gather new ones. You can learn an incredible amount by attending.

Improving the radio station should not be your only motivation, of course. �Work smarter�not harder� may sound like a worn-out mantra, but it�s one you should live by. A big part of going to the NAB Show should be learning how to make your work life easier to deal. I can�t over-emphasize the need for many of you to learn ways in which to implement remote access and automation in processes (not for audio playback, in this context). We�ll talk about that more next month, by the way.

Have you noticed that every year at the show, there seems to be a theme of some sort? Are there buzzwords that you hear around every corner? A couple of years ago, it was �the cloud.� This year the word everyone injected into their presentations was �disruptive.� Chris Wygal considers at this year�s theme, or undercurrent, as he dubbed it, in this issue.

Jeremy Ruck attended the NAB presentation on AM all-HD radio testing, and describes the results for those of us who missed the presentation (myself included).

We also have coverage of the winners of Radio�s Best of Show 2015 awards � please check those out to get more highlights from the exhibit floor.

We�re presenting a very fine new studio construction project taken on and conquered at the IMPACT radio and TV facility in Atlanta. You�ll notice a lot of emphasis on video there; that�s fairly commonplace nowadays. If you�re asked to add video to radio, check out what they�ve done. Likely you�ll be inspired.

Scott Bridgewater is back this month, with a compelling tale about the invention of the content index, and how it pertains to your everyday life. (IT people were around, even in ancient Egypt, it seems.)

Lee Petro discusses a very interesting issue in his column�that of foreign ownership of radio stations. Does the recent Pandora ruling portend changes in the FCC�s policy?

This edition of Tech Tips is a continuation of last month�s topic � how to get your shop set up and ready for work.

And to round things out, the Wandering Engineer discusses the makeup of GMs. Why is it so few general managers start off their careers as engineers, anyway?

I also want to let you know that we�re working very hard in making Radio an interesting read every month. Towards that end, we�ve developed a very short survey that I�m inviting each of you to take. Please browse to this location: fill it out. It�s very short�you can easily do it while downing a single cup of coffee. We need this feedback so that we can continue �tuning up� Radio, more to your liking.

(It isn�t meant to take the place of the Salary Survey by the way�that�s coming up later this year.)


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