Try This — It Just Might Make Your Job Easier

I hope you’ve noticed that we use up many of Radio’s pages in talking about new technologies and how they’re pertinent to our industry
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I hope you�ve noticed that we use up many of Radio�s pages in talking about new technologies and how they�re pertinent to our industry.

It�s not about �the way we used to do it� (because in many cases the way we used to do things is nothing but ancient history now). Not long ago, I thought my ability to fix high-voltage power supplies was an important one. Gone are the days when I needed to know how to fix tape machines. My ability to align a cartridge/headshell combination with its RIAA preamp is anachronistic now.

In place of those old skills are new ones, such as dealing with IP connectivity. Desktop support is also something many of us do, in addition to the more traditional aspects of taking care of a radio station. (I�ll admit that desktop support is not a strength of mine.)

One thing I have found, though, is that one must take the time to learn about the new technologies and then how to put them into place. At first it can be tough, especially when there�s no immediate payoff. On the other hand, the first time I apply a skill I�ve newly learned to solve a problem, it feels particularly satisfying. It makes for a great day. I hope that you take some of the ideas we�re showing in Radio and make use of them in order to make your job a little easier.

Let me give you a couple of examples.

In this issue, Chris Cottingham is giving you some ideas about inexpensive ways to keep track of network security at your station. With the recent radio station hacking incident in mind, gaining that know-how makes you that much more valuable around the station.

Jeremy Ruck is back this month with an article that discusses not only our legacy STL models, but use of Part 101 radio systems as well. With all the needs for IP connectivity at a remote site, this topic is an important one.

Our Trends in Technology article in this issue is all about how to build a self-healing system of interconnectivity with private networks.

Our features are also all in place this month: Lee Petro discusses some recent enforcement actions that the commission has taken; our Tech Tips entry is the wrap-up of a series we�ve published about the rehabilitation of old transmitters that have been taking up valuable space at your transmitter site. And our Facility Showcase features a very nice build-out for the Alpha Media group of six stations in Gulfport, Miss. Don�t let the market size fool you � it looks fantastic.

Normally, all of our NAB Show coverage is in our June edition, because it takes some time to put it all together. Somehow, the Wandering Engineer managed to sneak in a set of observations about this year�s show a bit early, and we�re bringing it to you this month instead. While his topic appears to be about TV, in reality it�s all about the truly disruptive nature of the Internet and its effect on broadcasting. I�m sure you�ll enjoy it.

Thanks for picking up this issue of Radio!

Doug Irwin� | Technical Editor


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