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Inside the Jan. 16, 2019, Issue of Radio World

What's next for radio — maybe capitalizing on the smart grid?

What’s next for radio — not NextRadio (apparently), but maybe capitalizing on the smart grid? And just how smart will artificial intelligence become in the years ahead? Also, NAB weighs in on the audio marketplace in comments to the commission about competition. A station in Alaska shares details of its ground system work and more.

DATACASTING
e-Radio Looks for Its Big Break

Up to $55 billion annually. That’s the estimate of value that could be created if U.S. FM stations were to add electrical appliance control messages to their data feeds. 

BUSINESS
NextRadio Outcome Leaves a Void

The reasons for its demise are still being discussed around the industry, and the vibe about the fall of NextRadio appears to be mixed. It can be read as a blow for hopes that the wireless industry will adopt local radio reception more directly into future device designs. Others are more hopeful.

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