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This month, we present the long-awaited Salary Survey results for 2015.
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This month, we present the long-awaited Salary Survey results for 2015. We added more than a few questions this time � sure, we wanted to know about salaries, but we also were curious if you got a raise or not.

We asked about staff sizes, too. It�s not just about salary � there are other important aspects of the job, and I believe we covered them well. Readers are �seeing the finish line,� as the saying goes. Two-thirds of the respondents were 55 years old, or older. What does that portend for the broadcast companies and the �younger� engineers out there? That�s a question we�ll be addressing in future editions of Radio.

There�s also some talk (�on the Internet�) that we�re headed for more of a �gig� economy as time goes on. That probably wouldn�t have a very detrimental effect on the radio engineering community; many survey respondents are already doing work �other than for your full-time employer.�

One of my goals as technical editor is to get information out to you that will, at least in some small fashion, make your life easier. It can be very helpful to know more about what your contemporaries are doing, how much they make, what their benefits are and so on.

Our Facility Showcase this month covers one of the most well known stations in the U.S.: WGN Radio. They�ve built some nice new studios � we have pictures for you, of course � and a little history, as well. One of its best attributes is continuity in engineering; they�re on the third generation of a unique device now, all built by the local staff. .

Fardau Van Neerden is back this month, on the topic of streaming media. Just how can radio really compete with the big streamers? Fardau tells how � and yes, there is a way. This is a continuation of his first article, which appeared in our August issue.

We�re presenting an article about RDS, RDS2 (the new standard, coming soon) and metadata � how to collect it, how to distribute it � and perhaps best of all, the evolution in its use. I hope your FM stations have some sort of RDS data being displayed on radios, at the very least � if not, there�s no time like the present to get started, and this article is aimed at you.

Chris Cottingham is a new author for us, contributing his first article this month. Chris is an every-day radio engineer who just happened to grow up as an IT guy, so he has a great perspective on what the average radio engineer deals with and needs to know every day. He also teaches, and he knows how to explain things to beginners � which you may be, although, admittedly, none of this is brain surgery.

Your regulars are also back this month: Lee Petro, on a recent change in contesting rules; Tech Tips discusses means by which you can pick up some good test equipment on a budget; and the Wandering Engineer muses on the future of VHF Channels 5 and 6 (isn�t it about time we use them for something?).

Once again, thanks for picking up Radio magazine!

Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB� | Technical Editor

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