Local Business Has
Competitive Disadvantage Without Tax
Thank you for your excellent article on the Main
Street Fairness Bill, in which you correctly noted the impact that collection
of sales tax could have on broadcast equipment sellers (“Retail Sales Tax
Loophole May Close,” Sept. 25).
Your readers should also consider that local
retailers who advertise heavily on radio are at a competitive disadvantage to
nationwide Internet retailers that do not collect sales tax.
Advertising-supported local broadcasting
requires that local entities are healthy enough to have the revenue to afford
President and CEO
Consumer Electronics Association
Greetings from the
Here is an update on the Alabama Broadcasters
Association “Engineering Academy” that Paul McLane described in an earlier
issue of Radio World.
During the first year of the ABA Engineering
Academy, we conducted two rounds of both radio and television broadcast
engineering classes, once during July and then again in October. Both the
radio and television programs were five days in length.
We’ve had a total of 38 students from five
states go through the schools. Jokingly, we told them we tried to cover
everything from the atom to the antenna. We have had interest in the
classes from as far away as Alaska and Puerto Rico.
Our plans are to repeat these classes twice during 2013,
and we are adding classes for television master control operators and IT for
The Alabama Broadcasters Association, which
administers the Engineering Academy, is excited over the success of our first
We continue to tweak and expand the courses to
make them more beneficial in creating additional qualified engineers for the
industry. Those interested in attending the classes or needing general
information about the courses may contact me at Lwilkins@al-ba.com or (334) 303-2525.
Larry Wilkins, CPBE
ABA Engineering Academy Director
Alabama Broadcasters Association
A Word About Ron
With all the attention in Radio World to the challenges in
AM radio, I’d like just to put in a word for one man who probably doesn’t get
A few years ago, the company I worked for
purchased an AM station that was, shall I say, not taken care of.
It needed one of the three towers replaced; the
transmitter was on its last leg; the antenna pattern and the whole sample
loop system were in disrepair.
We chipped away, one by one, replacing the tower
and transmitter. Then we came to the point where the system needed a
partial proof done and the pattern fixed. One thing led to another, and I was
referred to Ron Rackley.
I had heard great things about Ron but our paths
had not crossed before. Ron came in and looked over the station. He told
me he thought he could fix the DA and do the partial in about five to seven
days. We hired Ron and, in fact, he did fix the pattern and do the partial proof
in just four days.
When it comes to directional AMs and compliance, he really
gets the job done. I just wanted to share a word of appreciation for this
veteran of 40+ years in our industry.
Me Out to the Ball Game
Nicely done article by Doug McLeod (“Play-by-Play Could Use a Pep Talk,”
Oct. 18). The only thing I can add is a recommendation to use a crowd
microphone at games where there is little crowd noise.
good example is baseball. Hearing the crack of a bat and the crowd cheering
will triple the excitement and enjoyment of a game on radio. Remember, the
audience can’t see the game. If the play-by-play announcer is in a closed
booth with little or no sound getting in, the listener can easily feel left out
of the fun.
W. Persons and Associates Inc.
author is a contributor to Radio World.