Industry Voices: Harper, McNair, Barr, Behnke

COLLEEN HARPER

Executive Director Audio Engineering Society

In the 21st century world where change comes in the blink of an eye, technological innovation that brings new opportunities can also orphan legacy production and business models. Further change is driven by the reality that the ways in which audiences consume audio is also in a consistent state of transition. To keep pace with the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of their jobs and carve out a viable career, many audio engineering professionals now have to develop their awareness, knowledge and skills in areas such as networking, video production, gaming infrastructure and streaming media. The AES is 100 percent committed to facilitating the advancement of the audio sciences and the sharing of knowledge both foundational and cutting edge. With education and training as its core mission, the AES is uniquely positioned to provide leadership in the initiatives necessary for audio professionals to claim their place in current and future media production and research, ensuring that audio’s essential contribution in so many industries is both respected and celebrated.

YANCY T. MCNAIR

Vice President of Engineering Cumulus Media

The speed at which digital is changing and advancing [is a pressing challenge]. Long gone are the days of simply sending audio to the transmitter. As new ideas and technology emerges, we must feed those with audio and data. The smart speaker has made a huge impact on how listeners consume radio in the home. As this technology expands to mobile devices, the dashboard and beyond, it will be interesting to see if it continues to be favorable for radio. The battle for the dashboard is very important. As the space gets more and more crowded, will radio continue to be front and center and what else can we do to keep it there?

EMILY BARR

President, CEO | Graham Media

We are focused on the adoption of ATSC 3.0 in many of our markets and what that will mean in terms of investment, speed to market, new revenue opportunities and data/analytics. We continue to explore local programming opportunities for OTT and voice. We are fully engaged with those companies helping drive the advertising side of our business toward a more frictionless process through automation and programmatic buying. Also looking for innovative weather systems for all of our markets.

 

 

COREY BEHNKE

Co-Founder | LiveX

When do we start the real transition to IP in the live streaming and broadcast marketplace? We’re especially hoping to see new IP-based products making the full and hybrid SMPTE 2110 transition. The promise of this and some of the new open source transport technologies open up amazing remote production opportunities. With these and new low-latency technologies, I am really excited to see new ways to tell stories and share in a community live.