Featuring a preview of NAB Show Tech & Podcasting sessions

What’s next for the broadcast industry? From blockchain and 5G …. to the next steps for AoIP, car dashboards and all-digital FM ... We continue our preview coverage of NAB Show, including a Q&A with Randy Gravley, who chairs the Radio Board of the NAB and is president/CEO of Tri State Communications.

Also check out the 2018 Product Preview Pocket Guide and an NAB Special Edition of the Tieline Insider.

REGULATION

Will Class C4 Idea Move to Front Burner?

The FCC’s expected exploration of establishing a new class of FM stations is gaining attention from many corners, including the National Association of Broadcasters — which, to the surprise of some observers, is resisting the move. There’s no doubt many Class A FM owners would love a chance to double their power level from 6 kW to 12, experts say. But NAB and others worry that the move would create further interference challenges in an increasingly crowded band. 

NAB SHOW PREVIEW 

NAB to Detail All-Digital FM Field Test Data

A highlight of the Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference will be NAB Pilot’s “All-Digital FM Field Test Project” on April 8. The presentation promises a deep dive of results from the first extensive field testing of such service. Until now only limited field testing of all-digital HD Radio has been conducted, with low transmit power (100 watts) and reception equipment in non-real world test conditions. 

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