Sets up, operates, and maintains the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Controls audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operates radio transmitter to broadcast radio and television programs.
This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.
A person in this career:
- Monitors strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals and adjusts equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
- Observes monitors and converses with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
- Monitors and logs transmitter readings.
- Plays and records broadcast programs using automation systems.
- Reports equipment problems, ensures that repairs are made, and makes emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
- Controls audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
- Aligns antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.
- Maintains programming logs as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
- Regulates the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
- Selects sources from which programming will be received or through which programming will be transmitted.
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