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Folk Alley: On the Road Again
WKSU's Folk Alley Express provides Web and broadcast audio production support to folk music on the beaten path.
All load-balancing, routing decisions and connections are managed automatically. The Express' road team need only connect to venue Internet access when available. Otherwise, no operator intervention is required. The entire system is totally remote accessible so the WKSU/Folk Alley IT team has the ability to manage the configurations while not actually being on site for an event.
POTS telephone service is trunked to the Express via a VPN tunnel, in combination with a Linksys PAP2T VOIP analog telephone adapter and an Asterisk server located at WKSU. The SIP telephone trunks are delivered via Bandwidth.com. The design provides direct telephone service, both via an inbound local number and unlimited outbound calling. In areas where cellular coverage is limited, data service reliability is enhanced by a pair of elevated outdoor cell antennas mounted just below roof level.
The Folk Alley Express will be attending many more folk music events yet this year and in the years to come.
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|Interior studio build, cabinetry, lighting, wall treatment, flooring, roof hatch and side cable access holes, and fold down stage support system (not including equipment other than additional inverter and (2) deep cycle batteries)||$23,000|
|Exterior vinyl wrap. (Vehicle was originally white)||$8,000|
|Tech equipment and miscellaneous outfitting||$23,000|
Bartlebaugh is director of broadcast engineering, WKSU-FM/Kent State University. WKSU LAN Administrator Dan Kuznicki contributed to this article.
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