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Chriss Scherer Scherer has been the editor of Radio magazine since 1997. His experience in radio includes work as chief engineer at stations in Cleveland (WMMS-FM, WHK-AM, WZJM-FM, WJMO-AM...more

Archive for October, 2009

Windows 7 is Available

The new OS from Microsoft is on the shelves now. Have you seen it yet? I know some of my colleagues will jump right in and install. I like to wait and see how a new operating system works first.

The initial reports say that it looks good and works well. I might have to visit a shop soon to check it out.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

I attended the NAB Radio Show last month. Because the exhibit floor was smaller (that’s not a slam), I had more time to attend some sessions. I noticed something interesting between the engineering and the management/programming sessions.

For the most part, the two tracks covered very different views of radio. The management/programming sessions were full of forward-looking ideas. How to embrace online marketing and distribution. Where the future revenue will come from. Then in the engineering sessions, the topics covered existing ideas. AM transmission systems. The digital power level debate for IBOC.

I’m not saying the engineering sessions were not important. Indeed, some very good information was presented. But while the managers and programmers are looking ahead, the engineers are staying in place or looking back. I understand there are practical issues involved, but after the convention, I can see a manager approaching the engineer to discuss some of the ideas he picked up at the convention, and the engineer looks at the manager with a blank stare.

I encourage engineers to attend non-engineering sessions all the time. We include many of the management session descriptions in our convention preview. And while keeping the current state of the station up and running is important, are you as an engineer doing all you can to help the station prepare for tomorrow?

After the Fall Conventions

Now that the NAB Radio Show, AES, SBE National, Madison and Syracuse shows are behind us, I can get back to the daily work. There are a few fall gatherings yet to go (Tulsa, OK; Columbus, OH; Topeka, KS; for example).

I’m curious: Which of these did you attend? How far are you able or willing to travel to attend a regional event? How much time can you commit to attending (1 day? 2 days?)?

The number of regional events is dwindling. If you could pick a location, where would it be?

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