When you get into your car, you probably tune your radio to your favorite station without thinking. However, the process that allows you to hear music and talk shows broadcasted across the country is actually quite complex. Radio show hosts and producers depend on the following types of technology to provide you with entertainment every time you drive to work or run an errand.
Microphones are absolutely critical to the creation of every radio show. Today, almost everyone has a microphone on his or her phone and computer. Radio shows do not usually use these recording devices, although some exceptions may be made in extreme situations such as the current emergency caused by the novel coronavirus. Instead, radio professionals use high-quality USB microphones that pick up only the speakers’ voices.
Without electricity, microphones and other essential technological tools do not work. Radio stations need a reliable source of electricity from their local power plant. While this process is the same for any home or business that has electricity, radio stations need to make a few adjustments. Tools such as RF directional couplers help to limit the amount of electricity delivered by a power supply.
The radio is a major source of communication, but radio stations use other types to reach their listeners and supporters. Most stations have a telephone for when listeners call into the show as well as for emergency communication. They also have computers and emails for business-related communication. To run these devices as well as social media and other online communication tools, radio stations need reliable access to the Internet.
It’s easy to forget about the complicated process that creates each radio show that you listen to. However, each one requires hours of effort as well as many different types of technology.