Tips on vehicle maintenance and wasps and bees 

Vehicle maintenance, checking for leaks, and wasps and bees

Streamlined Station 

When I first assumed the chief engineer duties at WHKP, I inherited a facility that, while beautiful and functional, was aging as far as broadcast equipment. The station had been using a DOS-based automation system since the mid-1990s for traffic and play-out of commercial material

Tips on mic booms, mic spring, silent mic boom, lpb mic, analog cell phones, and metric screws 

Flying springs, analog cell phones and extra pieces.

Tennessee Turnaround 

WKNO-FM, an NPR member station in Memphis, began operations on April 1, 1972, on 91.1MHz with 40kW of effective radiated power. The station launched its HD Radio signal in the fall of 2007. Up to that point, we underwent incremental upgrades and adjustments to the original installation.

New Delivery 

We live in a time when we must take a good look at the definition of radio. Why? Consider the story of a college sports fan who wanted to hear the radio broadcast of a recent football game, but wasn't near a radio. He used his cell phone to get online, navigate to the station that carried the football game broadcast, clicked on Listen Live, and heard the game. He wasn't listening to FM or AM signal propagation. He was listening to a digital audio stream, but wasn't it the same material that was heard over the air?

Colorado Public Radio Goes Surround 

When I began evaluating surround technology, I had a number of mandates to fulfill as the technology specialist for CPRN, and its flagship stations, KVOD-FM Denver, and KUSC-FM Los Angeles. CPRN provides 24-hour broadcast programming and Internet streaming for its 60 public radio station network, as well as HD Radio programming distributed through NPR.

New Year's Eve 2007: San Francisco 

You can't capture everything, but you want to hear almost all the details you can possibly put into it. What you end up doing is filling holes. When something falls out of the mix, you find it and grab it. If something pops up you grab that, too.

New Year's Eve 2007: Berklee College of Music 

We spent a few hours talking through how everything would be handled, from power access to running the audio and com (including video) lines from the performance space, through the kitchen and out to the truck.

New Year's Eve 2007: Dakota Jazz Club 

For this presentation by Nachito Herrera, we had three keyboards added at the last minute on a small stage and we were able to work things out.

Toast of the Nation 

We want our listeners to experience Toast as one program. When the broadcast moves from location to location, we don't want the audience to feel a jarring change. Our Boston venue is the David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee College of Music, while our new West Coast venue, Yoshi’s in San Francisco, is a 400-seat nightclub. But the audio teams managed the sound so that we created one program out of many parts.

Tips on wall-wart power supplies and leftover 6' cords 

Wart remover, the spaghetti alternative, and send a tip, win a book.

Salem Omaha rebuilds 

Salem Communications owns three stations that serve the Omaha market: KCRO-AM, KGBI-FM and KOTK-AM. Each station has a history that goes back many years, and the stations’ previous studios had seen a major part of that history. Salem acquired the three stations in 2004 and 2005, and it was known early on that new facilities were a necessity.

New Year's Eve 2007: Dazzle Restaurant 

Presenting in surround really makes the experience so much better. Jazz typically lends itself to doing surround, because you generally have a real audience and real musicians. It is not heavily post-produced.

Remotes via IP 

In the January Trends in Technology I discussed the difference between TDM and IP in the context of a station's STL system. I asserted that with a LAN

New Year's Eve 2007: Jazz Standard 

We spent a few hours talking through how everything would be handled, from power access to running the audio and com (including video) lines from the performance space, through the kitchen and out to the truck.

Tips on rack maintenance, efficient rack use, power distribution, and deeper racks 

Rack maintenance, efficient rack use, power distribution and deeper racks.

Built Right 

For the Saga Communications stations in Asheville, NC, the need to update the facility that had more than 30 years behind it set the steps in motion. While a modern facility was the goal, the Asheville project provided Saga with the opportunity to implement some new technologies and try some new approaches. In the end, a necessary rebuild provided a showcase for the station and the group owner.

Automation Server Performance Enhancement 

The keys to the revenue-producing potential of a facility are performance, reliability and ease of operation of the computer-based audio system (CBAS). Here are some ways to improve performance and reliability of the CBAS in a facility. Ease of operation I’ll leave to the vendors.

A break from Tradition: Using IP for an STL 

A station's studio to transmitter link (STL) is an integral part of its mission-critical transmission system, linking the site that generates the program material to the transmitter location itself. As such, the quality and reliability of STL equipment has always been of paramount importance. One critical aspect of an STL system has historically been lack of contention in its use.

Server Performance Enhancement: Fine-tuning 

Here are a few more quick tips to jazz up a file server.

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