I was reading the July 14th radio world, online 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 industry’s best interests in mind, but rather are looking to improve their take. Indeed, some of the schemes proposed are technically flawed or downright destructive. Biased reporting degrades the integrity of any publication and diminishes its value and when it comes to the most-read technical trade magazine, that is alarming.
I applaud Radio World for its 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, the hard question need to be asked and answered, that is a reporter’s job after all.