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Alpha Broadcasting's New Downtown Digs
Dual 30A twist-lock outlets are placed in each studio and rack. The power feed from the generator side feeds the UPS. The UPS then feeds the A side of an APC Rack ATS (automatic transfer switch) power switch. The B side of the ATS is fed from the raw ac feed. The UPS covers the time to switch to the generator. But if a UPS fails, the ATS switches to the raw power feed.
In all there are 21 total studio spaces: nine on-air control room/studio combinations, six voice track rooms, four production rooms and 11 news editor/reporter positions. The news positions are cubicles with extra attention to being able to record phone calls or record a feature.
There are three large video monitors in the air studios. All these monitors can take feeds from any of the computer systems, and two of the monitors also have cable TV tuners attached to them. One TV feed also feeds an Axia node so TV audio can be taken if needed. Throughout the facility about half E-V RE27N/D mics and half SM7B mics are used, but there are a few special request mics in use, including a few SM5s. Most mic processing is handled through the Axia system.
While most stations use a T1 for an STL link, there are also 950MHz STLs installed. An equipment room on the 31st floor houses the transmitters. There is also a satellite dish installed on the roof, as well as several receive antennas. An Evertz fiber optic link runs from the 6th floor to the 31st floor, and an RF to fiber converter carries the LNB and the off-air signals to the 6th floor -- without any loss. A redundant satellite antenna at one transmitter site also feeds its LNB to the studios via a similar fiber converter, and all satellite receivers reside in the rack room downtown.
The Bing Lounge
The big feature of the facility is the performance lounge on the ground floor. The street in front has a slight grade, which naturally creates an elevated seating area in the back. There is also a control room looking into the lounge.
The large store-front space has instant street appeal for the 165-person theater. But during performances, heavy theater drapes can be pulled over the windows to avoid street distractions and improve the acoustic reflections inside. The same 3/4" studio glass was installed in the lounge to reduce street noise, and plenty of elastic caulk was used to seal everything. And while outside noise getting in was a prime concern, performance noise getting out was an even bigger one. Just above the Bing Lounge are the corporate offices for Key Bank of Washington and Oregon.
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