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A Day in a Broadcast Technician's Life:
On a typical day a broadcast technician's tasks may include:
- Maintaining programming logs, as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
- Controlling audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
- Monitoring strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals, and adjusting equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
- Regulating the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
- Observing monitors and communicating with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
- Selecting sources from which programming will be received, or through which programming will be transmitted.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Broadcasting and Sound Engineering Technicians and Radio Operators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos109.htm (visited November 8, 2010).
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, Broadcast Technicians, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/link/details/27-4012.00 (visited November 8, 2010).