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National Association of Broadcasters Engineering Handbook, 11th Edition by Garrison C. Cavell

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Chapter4.7

Radio Station Automation, Networks, and Audio Storage

Eugene Novacek, P.E.

ENCO Systems

Southfield, MI

Introduction

The term “radio station automation” is a very broad concept. It generally refers to the use of devices, processes and system interconnections designed to make a broadcast station (radio or TV) run a series of scheduled events automatically—without operator intervention. This includes every scheme ever devised, from massive reel-to-reel tapes and interconnected cart machines to all-encompassing control systems that steer the directional array, turn on the transmitter, play the audio, control the console cross-fades and generate transmitter logs and billing information.

While the individual pieces of hardware involved in ...

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