With the current economic climate and rapid changes in the way we communicate, there are many uncertainties for radio and broadcasting in general. However, Spirit FM is prepared for the future of HD Radio, networking and any other new technology that tops the horizon.
To increase operating efficiencies while containing costs, NPR is in the midst of a dramatic multi-phase facility enhancement that places virtual console and audio networking technology at the forefront of the veritable radio station's operations.
For the past 10 years, KUNV has been housed in an office complex a few blocks from the campus of UNLV; the distance between the stations and campus kept student involvement to a minimum and didn't allow the station to become an active member of the campus community.
This FM/AM combo in Olean, NY, was tasked with rebuilding radio studios while keeping the operation running from the same studios.
The complexity of Bonneville Phoenix operation is apparent with just a short visit to the new facility. It would be next to impossible to operate as it is today had it remained in its downtown space.
Radio stations handle large amounts of data. While many may not think of the station as being a data center, in reality it is. This article on data center design considerations can apply to a radio station's IT facilities as well.
Old brick walls and century-old post-and-beam construction are not the first things that come to mind for a state-of-the-art radio studio, but for public radio station WFCR's newsroom, it was all about the character.
Moving WOON-AM from storefront to little house took less than three months.
An important addition in the Control 2010 platform is the inclusion of a generic HTTP or Web Services driver.
A studio move sounds simple, but because the city was reimbursing Clear Channel for the move, the city had to review the bids.
In the wee hours of the morning the logging truck was hot-wired and taken for a ride on top of Bald Eagle Mountain, the location of WILQ's transmitter site. The driver proceeded to drive the truck straight through the front of the building, using the front door as a target.
In our current economy, planning and executing a major project is becoming increasingly difficult. We must find new and clever ways to build and improve our facilities.
A borderline F3/F4 tornado had cut a path across WCFB's transmitter property, directly hitting the building and 1,500' tower, bringing it to the ground. The building and everything in it was a total loss and it was going to be a long recovery process.
Getting back on the air was the first priority. Once that was accomplished, steps were taken to improve the temporary facilities.
After the dust had settled on getting WCFB on air at a temporary site, the task of selecting a new antenna for the permanent installation began.
Although the timeline for the construction project was to be on the air from the new facility by Dec. 31, 2008, in an almost unheard of turn of events, NHPR originated its first broadcast from the facility at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15.
Acoustical design for New Hampshire Public Radio started long before the station had even selected a building.
Congratulations to all the entrants in this year's Excellence Awards contest from Radio magazine. The entries represent the highest standard of radio technology. Special congratulations to Cox Radio Birmingham for winning this year's award.
The first Radio magazine Excellence Awards competition is complete. The entries, which were profiled in the 2009 Buyers Guide in our December issue, showcased
WGBH's new Brighton complex is officially green, with LEED certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The green designation features construction from recycled steel, motion-sensitive office lighting, UV-filtering glass and motorized sunshades, water-conserving features, solar panels generating 100kW of power and a "green roof."
If you look closely at most power consumers you will find the majority use power with less-than-ideal efficiency; that is likely because over the last 100 years or more electric power has been easy to come by and, for the most part, cheap. There has been little if any economic incentive to maximize the efficiency of electrical usage.
Padlocks and gates no longer deter a thief. Either thieves are getting bolder (maybe desperate) or we have not yet done our job, or both.
Sandusky Radio's stations had outgrown their outdated Tempe, AZ, facilities and wanted state-of-the-art studios for their AM talk station, AM 1060 The Fan, and their FM rock station, KUPD.
Paramount Broadcasting stations KFLP-AM/FM broadcast country music and agricultural news from their studios in Floydada, TX.
Sometimes when confronting design problems it is helpful to have access to other engineers' approaches to the same or similar problems.