CINCINNATI,�March�27,�2017���GatesAir,�a�global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has been awarded a significant contract from leading US radio broadcast group Cumulus�Media. The deal�aligns with Cumulus Media�s broader�modernization initiative�for�its RF facilities network-wide, with�nearly 70�GatesAir Flexiva��FM and AM radio�transmitters�rolling out�in�multiple markets over the coming months.�
One key aspiration of Cumulus� initiative was a reduction in operational expense and energy use in its RF plants, with an emphasis on long-term sustainability. GatesAir�s high-efficiency, solid-state�transmitters�will in many cases replace aging tube�models, which will provide an immediate impact on reducing maintenance and cooling costs.
�We expect to see a�sizable�reduction in power costs�due to�lower cooling requirements, based on our heat-output analysis comparing our existing systems with the more efficient Flexiva design,� said Conrad Trautmann, senior vice president of technology and operations. �Tubes are also becoming harder to find and more expensive, so by investing in more modern technologies and RF innovations we are saving long-term expenses while improving our signal quality and reliability of service.�Overall, this deal emphasizes our commitment to the future of over-the-air radio.�
The deal includes GatesAir Flexiva air-cooled systems for the majority of the FM stations, with a Flexiva FLX liquid-cooled transmitter ordered for WEBE(FM) in Bridgeport, Connecticut.�The Bridgeport site is one of several locations that will see a complete replacement of RF systems, including a modernized building to house all transmission, auxiliary and cooling systems. All FM transmitters will be outfitted with the HD Radio-capable GatesAir exciters to enable simple in-field transitions should any station add HD Radio services in the future.The deal also includes new AM transmitters for select locations with very old transmitters, where Trautmann anticipates a reduction in AM noise and a more efficient RF chain.�
Trautmann notes that several Cumulus Media executives�evaluated�GatesAir and other transmitter companies before making a decision,�investigating�each supplier�s manufacturing center.�
�Our team came away with the impression that GatesAir has a very strong commitment to the broadcast business as well as manufacturing quality,� said Trautmann. �This is based on the insight we had into their production processes, and the fact that they build many of their components in-house as opposed to outsourcing those jobs. That commitment extends to their service and support. As a broadcast engineer of�more�than 35 years,�I�ve seen that�GatesAir has always been strong in supporting their products long-term, as opposed to forcing end-of-life initiatives on broadcasters. Their main focus is about keeping their customers on the air.�
The first sites are expected to roll out this spring, including several stations in the Bloomington, Indiana and Fort Walton Beach, Florida markets.�
�We share Cumulus Media�s�commitment to and�enthusiasm for the future of radio,�as demonstrated through out continued innovation and investment in technology,� said Joseph Mack, vice president of sales, Americas, GatesAir. �With all products made in the USA, we anticipate a timely rollout that will help Cumulus�accelerate their plan to upgrade facilities, improve quality of service,�significantly boost efficiency,�and reduce their long-term costs.�
GatesAir, Inc.�provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir�s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content.� With customers in more than 185�countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit�www.gatesair.com�for more information,�Like us on Facebook�https://www.facebook.com/gatesair,�and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.