How much value should we place on commentary of someone who will not associate their name with their words? One wonders more about the reason for anonymity than the opinions expressed by the author, or at least I do. I have been expressing and publishing my views fully and without reservations. Being outspoken has almost certainly hurt my career and salary potential as a broadcast engineer. I am okay with that, as every morning when I am shaving, I can look myself in the eye and be thankful for the person who I am.
For myself, until “Guy Wire” tells us who he or she is, there is no absolutely no credibility in those words. It is a shame that Radio World chooses to publish this commentary.
I noticed this about a month ago and was hoping that it was some sort of mistake; the link to to digital edition of Radio World that used to be in the lower right hand side of the front page is gone. One can still find the digital editions, mind you, they are in the resources tab in the top menu bar. It is less than convenient, however, as I always seem to “loose” the menu bar when I try to get the mouse over to the digital edition link.
It is a wee small thing, I know. My wife says I complain a lot, I think she sometimes has a point. Still, I don’t understand why they would do this, it is not as if that spot now has some other interesting thing in it. As I don’t get the paper edition of Radio World anymore, the digital edition is all I have.
I like Radio World.
I was reading the July 14th radio world, on line because I still haven’t subscribed, and found this blog quoted by the editor. More specifically, on page 4, the editor writes about this post where I debate keeping my radio world subscription. Without actually naming the blog, asks how well he (the editor) is doing his job.
One of my aims in writing this thing is to provoke thought. The fact that the editor of Radio World is asking his readers about the direction the publication is heading is a sign that, at least in one case, I have been successful.
My other aims are:
- pass along useful information
- tell my story
- write stuff (I am compelled to write things)
Regarding Radio World itself, I still read the digital version of the magazine found on the Radio World website. The importance of impartial reporting of radio broadcasting’s technical issues cannot be overstated. These days there are many pressures being applied to Radio in general from things like the FCC, Big Group Radio, MMTC, Ibiquity, NPR, the recording industry and others. Some of these groups do not have the radio industries best interests in mind, but rather are looking to improve their take. Indeed, some of the schemes proposed are technically flawed or down right destructive. Biased reporting degrades the integrity of any publication and diminishes it’s value and when it comes to the most read technical trade magazine, that is alarming.
I applaud Radio World for it’s recent publication of articles that bring to light HD-Radio’s technical issues. That is a welcome development and such things should continue. Technical writers need to be technically minded people, not someone that retypes press releases. When it comes to new technology, hard question need to be asked and answered, that is a reporter’s job after all.
When I left my former place of employment and set out as a contractor, I also left my Radio World subscription behind. After I was let go, or quit or whatever it was, I was thinking that my days in radio were over or at least winding down and I had bigger things to worry about that trade magazine subscriptions.
I have been checking the Radio World web site and find that it gets updated from time to time, usually several weeks behind the magazine. So the question is, what am I missing? As one commenter on the radio info board put it, the magazine keeps getting smaller and smaller, soon they’ll have to rename it Radio Pamphlet.
I’d like to stay abreast of things in the technical end of the radio business, but is Radio World the way? There was a time when it was a technical magazine full of good timely articles well written by fellow engineers. Occasionally I still find something interesting to read, that is true. Interspersed with that are lots of advertisements, useless information and many pro HD radio articles. Is it worth the price? I don’t know, I am still pondering that one.