Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Round Rock, TX

Chief Operator for Radio Course


Wed., August 7  •  9 AM-3 PM
Location: Ballroom 8
Speaker(s): Gil Garcia

Categories: Radio Managers & Technical

The course provides basic knowledge and understanding of responsibilities essential to maintain a station’s day-to-day operations as a Chief Operator.

Classroom instruction is supplemented with content and videos developed specifically for these courses by broadcast engineers, programmers, managers, owners and other departments at Radio stations throughout Texas.

This course is usually made up of programmers, managers, office administrators, engineers, owners, and other departments.

Ninety percent of the course deals with administrative responsibilities, and only 10% with the technical requirements specified by the FCC.

The Society of Broadcast Engineers’ Radio Operator Study Guide is most of the foundation for this instructional course.

The additional instruction covers the Chief Radio Operator duties & responsibilities under the FCC requirements for that position.

Some topics covered in this course include:

  • FCC control point requirements
  • EAS
  • Station logs
  • FAA tower lights
  • Public files
  • AM & FM signal station contours
  • Transmitting antennas
  • Streaming
  • RBDS
  • Music royalties
  • Ratings
  • FCC inspections
  • Budgeting for contractors
  • Station preparation and disaster plans
  • Interference complaints
  • Legal parameters of AM & FM frequencies
  • Radio war stories

This course assures that the license or management that designates the individual to be a Chief Radio Operator may be considered competent to handle the responsibility and duties of the day-to-day operation of a Radio station or stations

An open book exam will be given at the end of the six-hour course.

The exam consists of 40 multiple choice questions and two essay questions. A passing grade of 70 is required.

With a passing grade, the applicant can receive a TAB certificate of certification as a Chief Operator for Radio.

However, they first must meet one of the two following additional requirements:

  1. Provide SBE Certification as a Radio Operator
  2. Have a related SBE Certificate in Radio broadcasting such as Broadcast Technologist, Broadcast Engineer, Senior Broadcast Engineer or Professional Broadcast Engineer

If the applicant does not have SBE certification, the alternative is listed below to receive a TAB certificate:

  • Prove three years of continuous, full-time service at a Radio station (Required: two letters of recommendation. One letter of endorsement from a GM or Owner of a Radio station verifying years of employment and documenting the applicant has a good understanding of the operation of a Radio station. Second recommendation letter from an additional broadcaster who has knowledge of the applicant’s experience.)

Separate Ticket Required ($100 Early: $175 Late)

No On-Site Ticket Sales

Gil Garcia

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