Paul McLane is Radio World editor in chief.
If you want an intense six-day tutorial on the state of radio broadcast engineering, go to the spring NAB Show.
Here’s my early read on the most interesting and relevant ones for our readers. While the broad themes are familiar ones — improving digital radio performance, green engineering, EAS, emergency preparedness and so forth — the agenda has some new and intriguing twists. The conference organizers and engineering advisers really do a good job putting this stuff together.
Saturday’s SBE Ennes program will look at “Video and Audio on IP to IPTV.” Featured sessions of interest include Wayne Pecena’s session on “The Broadcast Engineer in an IT World” and Jerry Whitaker’s talk about “The Tube Sound: Fact or Fiction?” Saturday sessions will also offer cloud IT considerations, an IPTV tutorial and a discussion of ATSC’s future of TV.
Sunday engineering talks include “Advancements in Radio Technology,” chaired by Steve Fluker and Milford Smith. Manufacturer ERI will discuss high-power circulator solutions for FM dual-input antenna systems, and later in the day will talk about high-level IBOC combining for single-input systems. Public radio’s Bruce Wahl and Dan Mansergh will update attendees about data distribution improvements to the Public Radio Satellite System. Frank Foti, who has been vocal in support of FM stereo transmission using single sideband suppressed carrier modulation, will delve into the topic further.