Most Popular Articles
Cure for Lost Headphones
What happens when a jock forgets his headphones? What about a lost 3.5mm to 1/4" headphone adapter? Does this become an engineering crisis? Kirk Chestnut, CPBE, at the Entercom stations in Kansas City found a way around this.
Some stations keep a stock of house headphones available for this situation, but this can easily be abused. Likewise, a few loose connectors lying about tend to walk away. To solve this, Chestnut repurposed a piece of vending machine hardware from the station’s previous facility. Placed in the common hall area near the studios, the machine is stocked with ear bud headphones and 3.5mm to 1/4" adapters. Priced at $0.50 and $0.25 respectively, the supply is always available, even on overnights and weekends.
Chestnut's only challenge has been finding boxes of the appropriate size to carry the merchandise. He asks the buyers to recycle the boxes.
The station cost is higher than the sale price, although Chestnut buys the supplies in bulk. The modest purchase price places a value on the merchandise, so the users take better care of it.
Where did he get the machine? It previously dispensed products in the ladies restroom.
We need your tips! Ideas submitted to Tech Tips may be suitable to earn SBE recertification credits.
Do you have a tech tip? Send it to us at radio@RadioMagOnline.com
Acceptable Use Policy blog comments powered by Disqus
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Today in Radio History
The history of radio broadcasting extends beyond the work of a few famous inventors.
Read each issue online in our Digital Edition Format in your Web browser.
EAS Information More on EAS
The feed provides feeds for all US states and territories.
Need a calendar for your computer desktop? Use one of ours.
Information from manufacturers and associations about industry news, products, technology and business announcements.
Minneapolis Public Schools upgrades their aging equipment with new Audio over IP technology
Browse Back Issues[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Also in the August Issue
- Trends in Technology: Work Smarter not Harder
- FCC Tees Up Some Late-Summer Business
- What’s “Next” for Radio?
- Field Report: JBL LSR308
- Tech Tips: How To Be in Two Places at Once