Racks for equipment that does not require immediate operator access are tucked out of the way, integrated with the furniture
One common challenge in studios is the number of keyboards and mice that are inevitably required between automation, show prep PCs, phone editors and other systems.
The engineering staff''s first approach to this was to use wireless keyboards everywhere (some with integrated trackpads) to cut down on the clutter, but they quickly discovered that only so many wireless devices can coexist in a small area. As a result, some systems ended up using wired keyboards and mice, while others used wireless.
Another challenge was the integration of the existing analog studios and audio routing with the new IP environment. Wheatstone Blades were used as a bridge between the existing analog infrastructure and the AoIP network. There are still a number of punch blocks in the rack room to allow for interconnects as well.
The production studio looks directly into the main studio. Furniture can be adjusted for either stand-up or sit-down operation.
Moving to AoIP allowed a major upgrade in the STL system for the radio stations as well. The transmitters of KSTP(TV) and KSTP(FM) are collocated. Since the television station operates a microwave STL system with a considerable amount of available bandwidth, it was relatively simple to add the WheatNet traffic to the link and use that same path for both radio and TV. The existing Intraplex frames and T1 links remain in place as backup.
An LCD monitor an LED on-air sign outside one of the studios display station branding.
While KSTP(FM) was the first station to receive a studio upgrade, the other stations are slated to receive upgrades soon. The installation of WheatNet will make this process somewhat easier as different parts of the facility can be linked directly over the network without discrete tielines.
With the foundation of a new audio over IP network in place, Hubbard will be in a good position to continue its heritage of broadcast technology innovation for many years to come.
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