What’s on Your List for 2016?

The beginning of the year is a good time to take stock and to examine that list of projects
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We�ve started another year. I�m sure you have many projects left over from 2015 and more than a few already added in 2016. The beginning of the year is a good time to take stock and to examine that list. Which items have been completed? Which have become irrelevant? And most importantly, what do you want to accomplish this year?

I need to see improvement from year to year. Systems should be in better shape this January than they were last January. The job of the broadcast engineer is not simply to sit in the office and fix problems as they are pointed out by others; the job is also to improve the facility so that fewer and fewer problems occur over time.

Your colleagues will take notice when you have the entire place working like a well-oiled machine. You become the guy; the guru. You�re elevated on an imaginary platform. At Radio, we�re working to help you with those goals. I hope you�ve noticed this magazine isn�t just about the gear; it�s also about the job. Like you, I do this work every day, and I know what it�s all about.

We are featuring some cool gear this month, however. For example, we�ve got an article designed to update you on on-air audio processors. (Try to look beyond your brand loyalty and check out some of the other guys� boxes.) We�re also not suggesting that an on-air processor is a panacea to fix all of a station�s ills; there is other work that must be done.

In last November�s edition, we talked all about site control; this month we have a field report about the application of new remote control gear in the wide open spaces of the Canadian provinces. If this article doesn�t make you want to go fishing, I don�t know what will.

Fardau van Neerden is back this month, having investigated the BBC�s complete overhaul of their streaming media delivery systems. You probably deal with streaming servers in your own facility � if so I think you�ll find this article of particular interest. Are the days of local streaming servers numbered?

AM revitalization has been in the news for several months. This month Jeremy Ruck covers the topic � and brings up some important points that have been missed in much of the coverage. If you have an AM station under your care I suggest you read this article; changes in the rules could negatively affect your station, if you�re not paying attention to them.

�The discussion concerning local radio ownership is one that maintains a steady murmur when it comes down to the question of how best to serve the community,� writes Chris Wygal in his article about Roser Communications of Utica, N.Y. Can a new facility be constructed to maximize a station�s potential to serve the community? And is that really important in this day and age? I say it is. After reading this article, see if you agree with me that they�ve accomplished something great in upstate New York.

All of our regulars (all of whom work in this field every day too, I might add) are back this month. Lee Petro reminds you of the obligations of political advertising. This season is upon us for that. We�re continuing a multi-part series on rehabilitating old transmitters. (See our prior two editions go get caught up on demand.) And, at the final page, where the Wandering Engineer is happy to espouse his thoughts and opinions � you�ll find Sign Off. Is the Earth becoming radio silent? I�m afraid so. It�s doubtful we�ll be a bright radio beacon in the galaxy much longer.

Thanks again for picking up Radio.


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