Following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans would seem to be the last place to originate a coast-to-coast broadcast for New Year's Eve. The city of New Orleans and NPR felt differently, and the pressure was on to prepare for the event.
Proving that it's never too early to start planning, Westwood One began planning for the 2006 Winter Olympics coverage during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
Satellite-delivered radio formats are not a new idea. But instead of a continuous audio stream and a fixed clock for affiliates to follow, Waitt Radio Networks uses a store-and-forward approach that allows greater flexibility to its subscriber stations.
"I believe that the on-air screen is one of the most user friendly screens on the market," said Field Report Author Singer.
The humble beginnings of a system to automate the functions of an announcer with a mechanical, tape-based machine are only a small part of the wide range of functions that can be handled today.
From the humble beginnings as a way to provide unattended playback of scheduled material with various mechanical methods, today’s automation systems are computer-based and provide much more than just audio playback.
There were several obstacles for Radio One to overcome when it decided to build a radio station in a mall.
A station owner is motivated to build a top-notch facility serving a dynamic market.
An overview of radio automation systems and a product sampling of systems currently available.
What lies inside an unassuming facade is a showcase facility and the heart of this network's West Coast operations.
Going on the road with the Motor Racing Network is unlike any other radio remote. This vehicle is unlike any truck you've ever seen.
The Cox stations in Tampa, FL, look to the future but keep a firm footing in the present.
After several years of common ownership before Cumulus Broadcasting acquired the group, these stations have finally completed their facility upgrade.
Three radio stations in Detroit moved into new facilities in 2000, all with unique circumstances: more than 40 workstations, linear-stereo storage for all stations, dual-touch screens in all control rooms and enough redundancy so that we would never go off the air.
Stations expect digital playback systems to help manage media inventories, automatically record and insert live feeds and voice tracks, work seamlessly with satellite formats and operate as a live assistant for shows.
Read about a studio move on a grand scale, taking the network operation more than halfway across the country from its previous location in Las Vegas.
Russel Smith reviews this audio storage and playback system.
The problem of file incompatibility is found primarily at two levels: between different platforms or operating systems and between applications generating data files that utilize proprietary formats.
Just about every feature we have appreciated in the broadcast cartridge has been replaced by a more flexible and better-sounding alternative.
Paul A. Litwinovich reviews this radio automation system.
The innovative phase of on-air playback systems has reached its peak.