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.

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.

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.

Tips on rack mounting, RE-20, studio head room, and tape machine maintenance 

Remote rack mounting, tape machine maintenance, studio headroom and from the Tech Tips Mailbag.

Sleek, fast and ready to move 

In early October of this year, MRN Radio, the voice of NASCAR, crossed the finish line by moving to its new studio facilities. While one advantage of this move was that the facility did not support a 24-hour on-air operation, it was not simply a move across town. The studio moved 500 miles.

Performance evaluation 

With HD Radio, it's important to monitor and measure the time alignment and level alignment between the analog modulation and the MPS, and stations will likely want to monitor the RBDS on the analog channel along with PAD data for both the MPS and SPS. Fortunately, there are now multiple monitoring devices made specifically for HD Radio, and each of these devices gives the end user options about which parameters are to be measured, and how the device is to alert the user once a problem is detected.

Tips on analog tape, tape recorders, tape bias, logic inputs, and logic control 

Part 2 of the analog tape series investigates the electronics. We also offer some insight into the basics of electronic logic.

Open Mic: Martin Stabbert 

Within days after the FCC allowed AM HD Radio operation at night, Citadel Broadcasting Director of Corporate Engineering Martin Stabbert issued a memo to Citadel's AM IBOC stations to cease nighttime transmissions because of suspected interference issues. We talked to Stabbert about the memo and the interference problem to help set the record straight.

Keeping Good Time 

When the HD Radio time delay between the analog and digital signals is not set properly, the resulting effect can be an annoyance to the listener. Brian Beezley studied the station in Southern California and found some disappointing results.

Comparing Digital Radio Awareness 

Even the best technology will ultimately fail if no one wants to use it.

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