People who are interested in working in the radio broadcasting industry should be familiar with specific terms and abbreviations. The following are some of the radio glossaries of terms.
Aircheck: This is the term which refers to the demonstration recording made by an announcer for exposing their talent. It is also regarded as off the air recordings.
AM: AM stands for Amplitude modulation, and it is broadcast signal which changes the amplitude of the carrier wave. You might require an AM receiver for receiving AM signals. The ideal frequency range of AM signal is 530 to 1710 kHz.
Analog Transmission: It is a signal which varies continuously in AM or FM.
Bumper: It is an element that acts as a signal for the transition from a commercial break. Usually, bumpers are songs or music.
Dead Air: This is the situation which occurs when the radio staff had made some error or if any of the equipment fails in the radio station. An on-air silence would exist, and listeners would assume that the station has gone off the air.
Drive time: This is the peak hours where the radio programs have a tremendous response, and there is a vast number of listeners. The ad rates are also too high during drive time.
Payola: It is an illegal practice that was done by radio staffs in the year 1950 to 2000. It is an act of paying specific benefits for the radio staffs for playing certain songs on the radio. Now the radio companies pre-record the songs and it not possible for payola in the current days.
Playlist: It is nothing but the list of the songs that are to be broadcast on the radio.
The above are some of the standard terms that you must be aware of when you wish to work in a radio broadcasting station.