A Dim Radio Outlook
Mr. Jurison, why have you wasted your
time reviewing a radio using technology the public does not care about
(“Insignia: A Glimpse of Artist Experience,” Jan. 4)?
IBiquity continues to attempt to
resuscitate IBOC through ploys like “Artist Experience” but it is all for
I believe the failure of HD Radio to gain
any traction in the marketplace is a great example of what happens when a
company tries to force an unwanted (and unnecessary) technology into the
I find it more than interesting, too,
that this radio is made by Best Buy. Have you read the recent report in Forbes
that predicts they will go down the same path as did Circuit City a few years
Terrestrial radio no longer has
relevance to most people, when they can go to Pandora or MOG and virtually
build their own programming. What, did you say I can’t get weather reports or
local news? Sorry, Mr. Jurison: These are pushed to my smartphone and my
desktop simultaneously. And traffic alerts pop up on the GPS I use in my
smartphone. Can your HD Radio station do all this?
I’m glad I do not own any radio stocks.
Just as the birth of TV severely reduced at-home listening to radio, the birth
of services like Pandora, MOG and others will kill off what is left of the
commercial radio stations. I suspect the last ones standing will be the public radio
and college stations at the low end of the spectrum.
The author moderates www.fmtunerinfo.com, a site that serves FM tuner enthusiasts.
Field Length Matters
Big thanks to
Al Jurison on his article about RDS text standards (“When It Comes to Text,
Concise Display Is Best,” Jan. 18). I standardized this with my announcers
and programmers about four years ago.
With the WideOrbit
SS32 V6.2.2 DSM32, you can get these nice professional-length fields; however
it’s dependent on what goes into the cart labels and how the DSM as well as the
SS32 is set up to make it all happen.
Thanks for a
good article; I will be sharing with my boss about field lengths. I set the
field limits per artist and title fields a long time ago and it’s been
working pretty well.
We’re one of
the few stations in Michigan using RBDS to a fuller degree, more than most. I view
everything on a standard eight-character display. If it shows well this way,
then cars with big, full displays should show things better and more completely
(like in the Yukon or Escalade).
might want to keep in mind how your field lengths work on your Web page. A lot
of pages and apps use site applications like TuneGenie to put title and
artist on a station’s page via your RBDS data via an IP pass-through.
work with cars, home stereos, phone apps and Web pages definitely has set
the bar higher for programming and engineering in today’s multi-media
Tawas City, Mich.
Luck of the Cook
Wonderful photo and accompanying
history (“KSFO Staff Photo, 1942,” Jan. 18). I was born in ’42. My dad served
in the South Pacific aboard the Navy refrigeration ship Delphinus (AF-24) as
He tells how one of his duties was
transcribing news headlines picked from stateside AM broadcasts, and delivering
them to the ship’s captain. KWID might very well have been one of those
He adds that late-breaking stateside sports
scores were like currency. He regularly gave them to one of the ship’s cooks in
exchange for hand-delivered coffee and sandwiches (the radio shack was at the
top level of the ship). Evidently there was a bit of wagering on sporting
events among the crew, and this particular cook had an amazing run of luck …
Redwood City, Calif.
Author John Schneider replies: Thanks for the comments. I loved your dad’s
story about the cook! If you want to know more about KWID and other wartime
shortwave stations, you may find my article on the subject interesting: www.theradiohistorian.org/wcsw/wcsw.htm.