I work for the best company in radio, the Crawford Broadcasting Company. (To disclaim again, though, the opinions expressed at this Website are my own.) The Engineering page at our company Website has links to back issues of our Engineering newsletter, the Local Oscillator.
The legendary Don Crawford, President and
Owner, admiring the Oak Flat project. He’s
one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.
All of the following are in Radio World and Radio World Engineering Extra magazines.
Crawford Completes Denver Facility Move — I helped with this one. Nice project, beautiful facility.
Left: Yours truly, setting up the servers during the Denver move.
Right: My boss, Cris Alexander, tweaking some of the equipment.
Alabama Tornados Put Engineering To Test — Cris wrote this one. We were too busy cleaning up after the tornados that came through on April 27th, 2011!
I write a series on Broadcast IT for Radio World Engineering Extra. In no particular order:
- The Mysteries Of Network Masquerading — how Network Address Translation works
- How Computers Find One Another — a brief introduction to netmasks, ARP and DNS
- The Power Of Wireshark — a powerful, free network packet analyzer.
- Let’s Demystify This IPV6 Thing — my thoughts on the IPV6 transition.
And one more. I’m a big believer in Open Source and Open Standards. I’ve been trying to educate my fellows in broadcasting about this, too. Here’s a mini-editorial, Patent System Is A Mess, that I wrote a while back.
Random photos from some of the projects that we’ve done here in Birmingham. Click for larger images.
When I took the job as Chief Engineer in late 1998, the Birmingham “cluster” consisted of 2 stations, a 100,000 watt FM (WDJC) and a 5,000 watt AM (WYDE). Within a few years, we had expanded to 5 stations: we added another 100,000 watt FM (WYDE FM), a class A FM (WXJC FM) and a 50,000 watt AM (WXJC). I also picked up a couple of assistants, Todd Dixon, CBRE and Jimmy Parker, CBT.
Building a new transmitter facility for 101.1, WYDE FM
back in 2001. I was driving a black Isuzu Rodeo at time.
The base of the 1,330′ tower is behind the new building.
Hoisting up part of WYDE FM’s antenna system.
Building “the shack” for WXJC FM. I think the
guy in the building was named Seymour. That’s
what the rest of the crew called him, anyway.
What an FM antenna looks like. This is WXJC
FM’s little 2 bay antenna being assembled.