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Money well spent?

I just read that XM has spent $30 million in its effort to finalize the merger with Sirius. This includes $1.2 million in lobbying costs. These figures were reported by the Washington Post and touted by the NAB.

The NAB has spent considerable resources opposing the merger itself, although I have yet to see how much of its members’ money has been spent on the effort. I’m sure it’s a hefty sum.

I wonder if the NAB’s money could be better spent somewhere else.

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Radio should be everywhere

At the recent Radio Advertising Bureau convention, RAB CEO and President Jeff Haley outlined his vision of radio’s future, which includes audio delivery beyond the traditional transmission systems that we have used for 80+ plus years. Online streaming, podcasting, Wimax and more are part of his vision. Haley also called for broadcasters to work together to ensure that a radio receiver is in every consumer portable device within the next five years.

Read a summary of Haley’s speech at this link.

What caught my attention is that I noted a similar goal for radio more than a year ago (How to Make HD Radio Succeed: Do Nothing, Dec 2006). Haley’s challenge is a broader approach, and it has the correct goal in mind. Listeners have grown and evolved. Radio needs to grow and evolve as well.

The return of the birds

It’s been quiet on the subject of towers being the cause of massive deaths of migratory birds — until now. On Feb. 19, a U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the FCC to study the effects that several thousand towers have on migratory birds in the Gulf Coast region.

We have covered this topic in Radio magazine many times before. In my Viewpoint in the January 2007 issue I noted that there is a great deal of misinformation and supposedly factual evidence of the severity of the problem. Many of the studies that are currently referenced point to other studies that point back to the original. There doesn’t appear to be any source data in the first place.

I’m all for protecting the environment and wildlife, but I haven’t seen the undisputed data to recognize the real severity of this problem. Perhaps this court order will produce some factual results.

Read more: Fight Over Flight

Remote broadcasts and IP technology

The Trends in Technology feature in our February issue explored the use of IP technology for remotes. Read that article at this link. What are your experiences with IP technology and remote broadcasts?

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The NAB Wish List

The 2008 NAB Show (no more NAB2008; I guess the new name will really make a difference) is a few weeks away. We all have different missions and goals for the convention, but the exhibit floor is always an important part of any engineer’s convention plan.

If you attend the convention, you’re probably already starting to build your list of companies to visit and technology to investigate. By the way, we’ll be able to help you make those plans with our March issue and our Engineer’s Guide to the 2008 NAB Show. But let’s push the limits for a moment. What dream product or service would you like to see at the convention this year? I’m not talking crazy anti-gravity devices, but practical and realistic devices that don’t exist yet.

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Radio magazine has a blog. This is your chance to post and comment on technical issues in radio or on articles and information from Radio magazine or RadioMagOnline.com. Welcome.

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