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Category: Engineering & ABIP

Reminder: AMC-8 Cutoff is June 30

Radio stations airing programming from any of the major network suppliers only have until June 30 to shift their satellite dishes from AMC-8 to the new AMC-18 satellite, at 105 degrees West Longitude. AMC-8, at 139 degrees West Longitude has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent satellite at the 139 position.   This… read more

Time is Running Out for AMC-8

Radio stations airing programming from any of the major network suppliers only have until June 30 to shift their satellite dishes from AMC-8 to the new AMC-18 satellite, at 105 degrees West latitude. AMC-8, at 139 degrees West Longitude has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent satellite at the 139 position.   This… read more

A Day in May

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy. By:  Tim Moore, Managing Partner, Audience Development Group This month marks the sixth anniversary of the largest natural disaster visited on the American landscape in the new… read more

Protect Your Station from WannaCry

Contributing to this article:  Jason Walther, former Chief Engineer, Townsquare Media (Lansing) and Ron Kramer, Michigan Network Consultants (Lansing). One of the largest cyberattacks ever is currently eating the web, hitting PCs in countries and businesses around the world. WannaCry can invade your computers without any action on your part and encrypt your files and hold… read more

Help Sink Pirate Broadcasters!

While the MAB has not had any reports of any significant pirate radio activity in our state in a number of years, legal broadcasters are asked to report known pirate radio operations via the FCC Unlicensed Broadcast Station “Pirate” Reporting form. Reporting pirates helps keep legal operations free from interference.  Additionally, unlicensed broadcast pirates don’t pay… read more

Are you a Contract Engineer?

The MAB is putting together a new member resource:  a list of available contract engineers working in the state, available for stations in the event they need assistance. The list will appear on the MAB website. To be included, please send your name, company name (if applicable), location and contact information to Dan Kelley [email protected]…. read more

Engineering Spotlight: Gary Langley (Interlochen Public Radio)

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected] Gary Langley is Chief Broadcast Engineer at Interlochen Public Radio (WIAA/WICA/WICV/WLMN/WHBP/WIAB/W234BU). He joined Interlochen Public Radio on September 9, 2016 after four years at WPBN/WTOM/WGTU/WGTQ. Q: Please share with us a brief engineering resume: Gary:  I signed up for the US Marines in 1992, on an… read more

Engineering Spotlight: Erik Jones (Cumulus Media/Ann Arbor)

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected] Erik Jones is Chief Engineer for Cumulus Media Ann Arbor (WWWW-FM/WQKL-FM/WTKA-AM/WLBY-AM) and IT Support Engineer for Cumulus Media Great Lakes Region.  Erik has been in his present position since October of 2012. Q: Please share with us a brief engineering resume. Erik: I graduated from Specs Howard in July… read more

More Barix Box Hijacking: FCC Now Involved; Issues Advisory

Over the past several weeks, stories of Barix device hijacking have popped up from around the country. Most recently, hackers have been taking over the signals of radio stations, substituting regular programming with a recorded loop of an “obscene anti-Donald Trump song.” Radio Insight has been reporting many of these recent hacks. In April 2016, MAB News… read more

Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy. By: Chris Tarr, CSRE, DRB, CBNE Warning: This tactic requires a lot of self-confidence!  It’s an often-used adage: You’re only as good as your team. The smart managers… read more