The challenge of systems integration 

Like so many other facets of the broadcast industry, the role of the contract engineer continues to evolve around technological advancement.

WKQX-FM, Chicago 

When WKQX, Chicago's Q101, looked at building a new facility, it didn't move very far.

Presto! Digitalization! 

After 38 years, the WCBS-AM studios were ready for a major upgrade.

The Big Horn Radio Network, Cody, WY - Legend Communications of Wyoming 

Additional photos of Legend Communications of Wyoming, accompanying the Facility Showcase in the February 2002 issue of BE Radio magazine.

Grand form for the Big Horn 

Welcome to the wide-open area that is home to the five stations that form the Big Horn Radio Network: KZMQ-FM, KZMQ-AM, KTAG-FM, KODI-AM and KCGL-FM.

Facility checkup 

The cold, quiet days of winter herald the season of another annual event: the facility checkup.

Build it once and build it right 

The first step in achieving consolidated facility efficiency is to relocate all the radio stations owned by a single company to one central location. The primary design issue for any radio station is the organization of the programmatic elements in a way that promotes efficient operation. Addressing the station's needs from the beginning will avoid costly mistakes later.

Harris Helps Indianapolis Score 

About four years ago, the Indianapolis Colts management decided to bring all their advertising and marketing efforts in-house. Since that time, the need for advertising spots, promos and programming has grown in leaps and bounds.

Ward-Beck puts an R2K in the Hard Rock Cafe 

When the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto remodeled its facilities, a new element was added. The restaurant, which reopened on November 26, 2001, added a street-level radio studio as a regular part of its operation. CILQ-FM (Q107) now uses the studio weekday afternoons and early evenings and every Saturday evening for live broadcasts.

Bridging the gap on radio dramas 

Long-form radio programming was once a staple part of radio entertainment. GAP Digital, a recording facility near Chicago, thrives on creating long-form radio dramas and talking books for radio.

The Sound of Traffic 

After nearly 20 years of working in radio, being involved in the design process of Westwood One's Washington, DC, studio facility was something of a departure from my experience. I learned that sound isolation, sound deadening and noise elimination are not necessarily a primary focus. In some cases, background noise can be a good thing.

Manager's Perspective: Keeping Digital Clean 

A quality digital installation requires more than good equipment.

Facility Showcase: Inside XM Satellite Radio - The Start of Something Big 

You have seen several large radio facilities in the pages of BE Radio, including those for Clear Channel Denver and Sirius Satellite Radio. When they were completed, those facilities were the largest radio facilities in existence in North America. As is usually the case, once a milestone is achieved, the challenge to exceed it is made.

Today's High-Performance Audio 

With a ten-year history of bringing some of the best and brightest in classical music to the radio, National Public Radio's Performance Today boasts a listenership just under two million and a carriage list of over 250 stations. It is the most listened-to classical show on public radio and broadcasts two hours per day, seven days a week.

Function and Design on Puget Sound 

New Century Media builds a functional new home with a view, but without unwanted sound.

WBAA-AM/FM, West Lafayette, IN - Purdue University 

A $2 million renovation underway at WBAA AM/FM, Purdue University's NPR affiliate, will nearly double the size of the station's studios and offices in

KCMG-FM Studio Photos 

The front lobby. The air studio. One production studio. The rack room. The hallway. The facility floor plan.

No Wait for Waitt 

Eleven studios for six stations in three months? No problem.

Planning the Digital Facility 

The move to a digital facility involves a mix of traditional ideas and innovative methods. A facility sync generator is a necessity for most installations

Entercom Buffalo Rebuilds: Building Today for a Digital Tomorrow 

Efficiency in facility consolidation Any facility construction project requires time and personnel to do the job right.

Clear Channel Denver 

A big job a mile high Moving seven stations into a new facility is no small task. When Jacor decided to move KOA-AM, KHOW-AM, KTLK-AM, KHIH-FM, KRFX-FM,

An alternative to constructing a transmitter building 

While investigating a new transmitter building for WGCR, I found that the reinforced, welded rebar sort of construction I wanted for RF shielding was

Universal Studios Radio, Orlando, FL 

See the studios of Unversal Studios Radio in Orlando before the 2002 remodeling.

KCMG-FM, Los Angeles - AMFM 

When AMFM launched Mega 100 (KCMG, Los Angeles) in November 1997, it launched what would become a new radio genre: Jammin Oldies. The goal of the studio

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