Types of Broadcasting

By definition, broadcasting means “to transmit by radio or television,” but, with developments in technology that have taken place, that simple phrase now includes many different types of transmission. Let’s start with a summary of the main types in use today in the United States and overseas. Many of the systems mentioned below differ only in the way they are transmitted—studio systems for radio and television generally have fewer variations. Don’t worry if you don’t fully understand all of the terms used in this chapter: they will be explained later in the appropriate sections.

Analog Radio

Radio broadcasting for local stations in the United States, and throughout the world falls into two main types: AM and FM—standing ...

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