Universal Studios Florida
The main gate to Universal Studios
welcomes you into the park.
Universal Studios Theme Park is one of the showcase attractions in
central Florida. Radio remotes have been broadcast from many amusement
parks, and Universal Studios is no exception. The radio facility has
two complete studios that can operate independently or jointly.
Located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Rodeo Drive on the
Studio's back lot, Universal Studios Florida offers a state-of-the-art
radio broadcast center where many radio stations from across the
country have come for live remotes. The radio studios are located near
the front entrance, so getting to them is not difficult.
There are four rooms within the studio area. In addition to the two
broadcast studios, there is also a reception area and an office. The
office can be used as a limited-capability third studio in situations
where studio demand is high.
The two radio studios have large windows that look outside and offer
constant communication to and interaction with spectators and park
The outside of the broadcast
The studios themselves have themes. The first studio is the smaller of
the two rooms and carries a theme from the movie Jaws, which is
featured in one of the rides in the park. The studio centers on a
Pacific Research and Engineering BMX-III18 console. One host and up to
three guests can easily be accommodated. Other equipment in the studio
includes four AKG C3000 microphones, a 360 Systems Shortcut and Instant
Replay, Technics headphones, an Otari MX-55 reel to reel and an Orban
Audicy audio editor.
The Jaws studio.
Other devices include a Sony MDS-JE510 MiniDisc recorder, two Tascam
CD-601 CD players, two Pacific Research and Engineering Micromax cart
players and one Micromax recorder, a Yamaha SPX990, two Telos Delta
hybrids and Direct interface, a Panasonic SV-3900 DAT, dbx 1066 mic
processors and a cassette deck. The JBL monitors are powered by a Crown
D-75 power amp. Pacific Research and Engineering built the
The ceiling in the Jaws studio shows a
swimmer trying to escape a great white shark.
Detail of the Jaws ceiling.
The facility features an extensive library of sound effects and
movie sound bytes. The entire library is available to any visiting
Many visiting stations only use a fraction of the equipment kept in
each studio. Special needs can be also accommodated with sufficient
The second studio is somewhat larger and is built around the Terminator
2-3D attraction based on the Terminator 2 movie. Much of the
equipment is the same as in the Jaws studio. The console, however, has
25 inputs rather than 18. Other equipment used only in the T2 studio
includes two Technics SLP-1300 CD players, a Symetrix 610 broadcast
delay, four Pacific Research and Engineering Micromax cart players and
a Tascam 122MKII cassette deck.
The T2 studio features a stark, gray-metal interior, highlighted with
visuals, blueprints and Terminator 2 parts reminiscent of the
attraction's Cyberdyne Systems headquarters.
The Terminator 2 studio.
The T2 studio also has a model of the T-1000 character sweeping in from
the ceiling. The model can be positioned to face any point in the
The guest positions in the T2
Visiting stations can communicate with their home stations via
satellite or ISDN. The rack room houses additional equipment, including
two Telos Zephyr ISDN codecs, four Symetrix 528 processors, two Gentner
three-line frequency extenders (seldom used anymore), an ESE NBS Master
Clock system and a DG Systems transmit terminal for distribution of
The equipment in the back of the T2
Live interaction is possible between the studio and talent, visitors or
park characters outside with Shure wireless mics, Lectrosonics IFB sets
and an Alesis M-EQ230 and 3630.
The rack room houses the codecs and
other communications equipment as well as the master clock system and
the telephone switch.
The Talk of Fame plaque is a who's who
of guests who have broadcast from the studios.
The T2 studio was so well liked by The John Boy and Billy
Show that they had their own studio designed around the same floor
plans. Many other stations have taken up short-term residence at the
Universal Radio Studios, and most of them are listed on the Talk of
Fame plaque that hangs in the front lobby. This lobby also serves as a
green room during broadcasts.
The studios were built in 1993 and currently host three or four
stations every week. The park is open year round.
This information was provided by Bob Page and
Michael Shearing of the Universal Studios Radio facility.