Last month, Fearless Leader Michael Powell introduced public service initiatives to ensure that broadcasters serve the communities in which they operate. That's right, Mr. Pro-Big Business, the same man who sided with broadcasters to raise ownership caps, is now siding with the public. It's Washington checks and balances courtesy of The Commish.
Extraordinary things can happen in nine months. A fertilized egg can become a human being. And a metropolitan area can go from the start of digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcasts to analog shutdown.
Given the unnerving revelation that the projected lifetime of content stored in a current digital format is the same, if not shorter, than that preserved in analog form, the federal government is laying the groundwork to establish an archive-grade storage medium.
There was a time not so long ago when television transmitter exhibits at NAB conventions made for a great place to rest. You could easily find a transmitter to lean against. Occasionally, you'd see someone sitting on the floor, using a transmitter as a backrest. There wasn't much new each year. At least not until the Eimac Klystrode tube showed up in the Comark booth. That development set the stage for bringing television transmitters front and center.
Good audio is crucial. Producers of such news magazine shows as Good Morning America and 20/20 rely on audio to bring across the dialogue and, when appropriate, live music. At The Times Square Studios, Ltd. (TSSL) we have created the audio control rooms necessary for this important job.