ERIC Number: ED278061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
New Technology in Radio: A Macro- and Micro- View.
Fletcher, James E.
Recent developments in radio technology are reflected in increases in the number of stations available to listeners in more communities, improvements in audio technology, increased use of satellite interconnection, and extensive automation; however, too little of the impact of these continuing changes has been felt by radio management and academics in broadcasting. By 1990, it is estimated that 10,870 radio stations will be on the air in the United States, roughly two-thirds in FM service. The many improvements in AM stereo are mainly the result of standards advanced by the National Radio Systems Committee involving transmission preemphasis, receiver deemphasis, ten kilohertz bandwidth, and the "five year sunset." A potentially important development in FM technology is a system for extending FM stereo transmission. Improvements in program and production technology involve the increasing use of cellular telephones, satellite interconnection, and digital audio. While both the number of computers in radio and their sophistication can be expected to grow, there are several important constraints on that growth, such as the relative shortage of computer literacy skills among radio professionals. Graduate programs in radio should include instruction in the skills of systems analysis and the principles of both audio and radio technology and telecommunications. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (72nd, Chicago, IL, November 13-16, 1986).