Welcome to the Radio Show

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Welcome to the Radio Show

Sep 1, 2014 9:35 PM, Shane Toven, Editor

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When most broadcasters think about convention time, the annual NAB Convention in Las Vegas immediately comes to mind. April in Vegas is certainly the �big show� for those that attend, but there are a number of other excellent industry shows and gatherings throughout the year, including the annual Radio Show.

Many remember this gathering formerly as �NAB Radio� but since 2010, the National Association of Broadcasters in partnership with the Radio Advertising Bureau has produced the annual fall Radio Show. This year brings the Radio Show to Indianapolis, headquarters of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. For the first time, NAB Labs and SBE have partnered at the Radio Show to produce what they are calling a �robust technology lineup�.

Wednesday opens with a session entitled �IT for Radio Engineers: Understanding IP networking, routing and switching�. Wednesday afternoon will feature a review of all-digital testing on the AM band.

Thursday morning includes a Super Session entitled �Hybrid Radio-What''s in it for You?� Panelists will discuss new opportunities for radio in an increasingly interactive media environment, including integration with connected cars and mobile devices. Thursday afternoon, the SBE will offer certification exams for those that have applied to take them.

Friday offers two final technology sessions: �Designing, Maintaining and Monitoring Reliable IP Audio Broadcast Facilities� and �15 Tech Ideas that Help the Bottom Line�.

While the exhibit floor and the technology sessions are likely to be what those in engineering have come to the Radio Show for, don''t hesitate to check out some of the other sessions as well. A full lineup is available in this issue of Radio magazine along with a map of the show.

Although it may not always be readily apparent, those on the engineering side of the station can often learn a lot from the sales and programming side of things and vice versa. Part of the fun of these events is networking with your peers and colleagues that you might not otherwise interact with.

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