Upbeat Digs 

Today, WNYZ, which covers Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Northern New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut, brings a new beat to the tri-state area.

Building the New Guild 

In 2007 plans were enacted to redesign the equipment layout and improve sound quality in the Ralph Guild Studio, built inside the Paley Center in 1992.

Comfort & Sound 

When many people hear the term "small market radio" they get a mental image of old, worn-out equipment, shag carpet on the walls and rundown surroundings. WLOH in Lancaster, OH, defies this stereotype

Streamlined Station 

When I first assumed the chief engineer duties at WHKP, I inherited a facility that, while beautiful and functional, was aging as far as broadcast equipment. The station had been using a DOS-based automation system since the mid-1990s for traffic and play-out of commercial material

Salem Omaha rebuilds 

Salem Communications owns three stations that serve the Omaha market: KCRO-AM, KGBI-FM and KOTK-AM. Each station has a history that goes back many years, and the stations’ previous studios had seen a major part of that history. Salem acquired the three stations in 2004 and 2005, and it was known early on that new facilities were a necessity.

CBC/Radio-Canada Taps Lawo for Facility Project 

Lawo has reached agreement with CBC/Radio-Canada for the delivery and implementation of a new central audio router and control system for all CBC/Radio-Canada radio production and distribution in Montreal.

Built Right 

For the Saga Communications stations in Asheville, NC, the need to update the facility that had more than 30 years behind it set the steps in motion. While a modern facility was the goal, the Asheville project provided Saga with the opportunity to implement some new technologies and try some new approaches. In the end, a necessary rebuild provided a showcase for the station and the group owner.

Sleek, fast and ready to move 

In early October of this year, MRN Radio, the voice of NASCAR, crossed the finish line by moving to its new studio facilities. While one advantage of this move was that the facility did not support a 24-hour on-air operation, it was not simply a move across town. The studio moved 500 miles.

Planned Transition 

A station rebuild usually includes all new equipment. Sometimes, it's not practical to replace everything, in which case, an incremental approach is needed. The Cumulus Indianapolis stations had a decent facility, but the on-air consoles weren't performing as expected or needed. The new consoles solved the existing problem, but they also set the stage for a future upgrade path.

Technology Turnaround 

The time had come for KKDA Dallas to abandon the classic U-shaped cabinetry and start completely from scratch. The challenge was that the new studio had to be in the same location as the previous, which could not be enlarged.

Something new for news radio 

CBS Radio's KYW Newsradio saw a move as an opportunity to update the facility, upgrade the infrastructure to a digital, router-based system and have an individual identity in the marketplace.

XM to Expand Nashville Studios 

XM Satellite Radio signed an agreement with the city of Nashville to expand the XM presence in the music city with new studios located in the Sommet Center's arena tower.

Americom Reno 

A seven-station, medium market radio operation expands in a new facility.

Building a showcase 

It's a syndicated morning show, and it has a new headquarters after building a showcase. Step inside the new Tom Joyner studios.

Facility Facelift 

With six new studios and offices, everything had to be coordinated to work in harmony and keep the station flowing. To complicate things, in the middle of the project was an HD Radio conversion.

Jazz at its Best 

The design of the Jazz at Lincoln Center performance space allows for acoustic isolation making the theater an ideal place to create recordings for live and tracked productions that air over XM.

When it's time to move 

Adding rooms and extra parking spaces to an existing building doesn't always work, as Entercom Kansas City found out. Deciding to make the move was only one part of the process.

Creative Remodeling 

Creative studio remodeling became the mandate at community/high school radio station WSTB-FM in Streetsboro, OH (near Akron). The station operates on

A different kind of consolidation 

After working with separated facilities for many years, Westwood One consolidated its operation into three adjacent buildings. The facility now has the foundation and updated infrastructure to look to the future

RBDG Designs Broadcast Facility at UNLV 

Russ Berger Design Group (RBDG) has completed the design of television and radio studios at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) as part of a new building for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.

Built solid 

The foundation of every studio begins with the studio furniture. While the furniture determines the growth potential of the room, conversely, the room will also dictate the type and style of furniture used.

The Finishing Touches 

Once the studio furniture is in place, it's time to install the equipment, right? Not yet. Cable management, air flow and the finishing touches of mounts and access holes must be addressed.

Serving the public 

Enhancing its visibility and interaction with the listening public, WUNC's new radio facility is located at site of the American Tobacco Company where Lucky Strike and other popular cigarettes were once made.

WUNC - Additional Photos 

Online exclusive: additional photos from the WUNC Facility Showcase in the November 2006 issue.

KPAM moves forward 

Pamplin's new studios would be extensive: two on-air studios, one control room, one news anchor booth, one full newsroom, one traffic studio, three production studios, one master control and a server room. In the end, the upgrade positions the station to be ready for the challenges of the future.

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