Archive for the ‘Digital Audio’ Category

In Portugal, web radio gains while digital radio stalls

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

More grist to the mill of those hammering home the failure of digital terrestrial radio forms, this time from a Portuguese-language article by Nair Prata in Studies in Communication: Como acontece no Brasil, a webradio vem ganhando forc¸ a e presenc¸ a em Portugal, ao contrário do rádio digital, que apenas ...

Community radio podcasting in Namibia

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Many readers will know that my current research is focused on the ways that community radio stations are grappling with podcasting and similar technologies. I was excited, then, to see this story, about students from Utah Valley College, who travelled to Namibia to help the Katutura community radio station launch ...

DTV coming to Ireland – public platform plans announced

Monday, August 11th, 2008

As another follow-up - this time to my post on commercial DTV in Ireland - the plans for the publicly-operated multiplex have been announced. With transmissions expected from Autumn 2009 (and the analogue signals to be switched off by 2012), the roll-out will be phased in over time - 80% ...

GRC summary

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

I had planned to blog more from GRC, but my airport card stopped working on Friday, which was somewhat of an annoyance. I was pleased that my session on podcasting was reasonably successful - we didn't get into discussing much of the more arcane aspects of adopting podcasting for community ...

Opposition coalesces against axing of MW by RTÉ

Monday, February 11th, 2008

The Éan (Emigrant Advice Network) blog has compiled a list of coverage of RTÉ's decision to cease broadcasts on Medium Wave. In my own piece I noted that while RTÉ touted the fact that it would continue service on Long Wave:LW is not present on most domestic receivers at this stage, so it will ...

DRM+ to be tested in Germany

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Enda O'Kane pointed me towards an announcement of the first field trials of DRM+ on the FM band. DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale) is being touted in Europe as a digital radio system that would replace current FM broadcasting, being preferred to DAB by many observers. It's described as "the universal, ...

A Critical Ear – latest edition

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

This week's show is now online. It lasts just around an hour, and features Bob Naiman and myself discussing Pakistan, Iran, and the success of Brazil's AIDS drugs policy. Locally we discuss SEIU's possible strike and the growing support from the campus community, and the CCHCC protest about the exclusion ...

WRFU fundraising – upcoming events

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Some funferal readers will be aware that one of my sidelines is a radio show I co-present on WRFU, called A Critical Ear. WRFU is currently in the midst of a major fundraising drive to pay for a new permanent tower (it's current mast, on top of the Independent Media Center ...

RTÉ continues DRM tests on longwave

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Interesting news from Enda O'Kane, letting me know of some new DRM tests being conducted by RTE on the 252kHz wavelength:This broadcast will also be available at the IFA Show Amsterdam and is part of a 24hr trial. RTE has carried out digital trials over the past month on Longwave 252 kHz.These ...

Radio regulation in Ireland

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

Just in time to be buried in the Christmas rush, two stories on radio regulation in Ireland. First, iTrip-style devices have now been legalized. Second, the BCI drew my attention, through their press release, to the release of a new Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill, which will enable the digital transition on ...