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Back at the local level, the master control center is the final stop before the signal is transported to the transmission facility via and broadcast over-the-air by way of a Harris HT20 FM tube transmitter and an Energy-Onyx Pulsar 250B AM transmitter. The master control center includes similar equipment for both the FM and AM air feeds, including Behringer UBB 1002 mixers, Starguide satellite receivers for external programming, streaming audio computers, and BSI Simian automation workstations for managing on-air playlists.

Master control also ties to Studio B, a 4×6, single-person, backup production studio featuring a Behringer MX 802A mixer; Studio C, a 7'×9' studio currently under construction that will become the hub for the All Ag Network, KFLP-AM's hub for agricultural programs; and the technical engineering room, a modest 3'×3' space featuring a 6' rack with an EAS unit, BSI automation hub, telco equipment, Internet and network hubs. Punch blocks and Belden audio cable provide facility audio routing, and multiple-pair cable pulls are used throughout the entire 24'×24' space.

KFLP's minimalist attitude toward its equipment applies to the quality of the audio signal as well. The station prefers to keep the audio as raw as possible at the central studio and deliver a high-quality, minimally processed signal. This way, affiliates that choose to employ several levels of processing will start with a pure studio feed from KFLP. The final on-air product will not be over-compressed, and will sound similar to the affiliate's normal programming.

In addition to West Texas Friday Night Scoreboard, the station distributes programs from its All Ag Network, including Agriculture Today and the Agri-Business Report, via FTP to affiliates. The shows can be produced from anywhere and uploaded via high-speed Internet to KFLP's servers, where affiliates can download the shows for immediate or later airings.

The 2008-2009 football season marks the second straight season during which KFLP will broadcast the show using Stream Guys low-latency (BRTP) Internet distribution service with Barix Audio over IP hardware devices. The new Audio over IP workflow and Internet distribution system provides a highly cost-efficient and technically reliable platform that outperforms the previous KFLP satellite distribution system in many ways.

Orr is director of affiliate relations, sales manager and on-air host; and St. James is general manager, producer and on-air host at KFLP.

Equipment list

Barix Exstreamer, Instreamer IP
Behringer Multicom Pro XL, MX 802A,UBB 1002
Belden cable
Broadcast Tools SS8.2
BSI Simian
Electro-Voice PL-20
Energy-Onyx Pulsar 250B
Excalibur Handi-Coupler
Harris HT20
Sennheiser MD-421U
Stream Guys Internet streaming
Telos Zephyr Xstream
Yamaha MG124c

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