More power for HD Radio, more buzz on analog

Posted: September 2, 2008

An extensive study by NPR Labs points to significant trade-offs between the audience reach of digital HD Radio and the amount of interference to analog FM. Even though its transmission power is just 1 percent of analog FM’s, its range … Continue reading

Satradio merger okayed without pubradio provisions

Posted: July 28, 2008

The compromise package of fines and consumer protections imposed by the FCC in exchange for approving the merger of the Sirius and XM satellite radio companies July 25 did not include key provisions sought by public radio advocates. Pubcasters lobbied … Continue reading

TV industry mobilizing to reach portable screens

Posted: May 27, 2008

Public broadcasters have devoted millions of dollars and plenty of angst to prepare for digital broadcasts that will put more channels and HD pictures on big living-room screens. But another DTV transition that’s even more exciting to some pubTV vets … Continue reading

How to stop more towers from collapsing

Posted: July 23, 2007

At Mountain Lake Public Broadcasting in upstate New York, Alice Recore put $1.2 million into reinforcing and preparing WCFE’s 30-year-old tower for the DTV age. Across the continent at KSPS in Spokane, Wash., Bob Wyatt assiduously maintained and upgraded the … Continue reading

Talks on infrastructure

Posted: March 12, 2007

Top pubradio executives have begun discussing ideas for a comprehensive “back end” digital storage and distribution system that backers say could support a wide range of services and help stations and networks advance efficiently into new media. The execs, who … Continue reading

Move to PBS’s ACE master control gets mixed reviews

Posted: September 25, 2006

When Ed Caleca came to PBS a decade ago, he expected to see it through completion of the digital TV transition in ’06 before moving on. But media switchovers don’t stick to schedule. With PBS in unending, overlapping transitions, Caleca and colleague André Mendes are leaving their jobs, the network told stations recently. Continue reading

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