The Big Horn Radio Network, Cody, WY - Legend Communications of Wyoming 

Additional photos of Legend Communications of Wyoming, accompanying the Facility Showcase in the February 2002 issue of BE Radio magazine.

Perceptual audio encoding 

Devices that use some type of perceptual audio encoder have become ubiquitous in radio and TV broadcasting, as well as in recording and production studios.

Truly portable radio 

Any time a station broadcasts from outside the studio, whether it's a promotional appearance, sporting event, news coverage or sponsored appearance, the term "remote" is used to describe it. While these events are unique in their own way, the same basic plan can make each a success.

The path of Best Conductance 

One of the most important equipment selection decisions made when building a facility is also one that is typically given the least thought.

Grand form for the Big Horn 

Welcome to the wide-open area that is home to the five stations that form the Big Horn Radio Network: KZMQ-FM, KZMQ-AM, KTAG-FM, KODI-AM and KCGL-FM.

Ward-Beck puts an R2K in the Hard Rock Cafe 

When the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto remodeled its facilities, a new element was added. The restaurant, which reopened on November 26, 2001, added a street-level radio studio as a regular part of its operation. CILQ-FM (Q107) now uses the studio weekday afternoons and early evenings and every Saturday evening for live broadcasts.

On-air processors 

Establishing a station's on-air sound can be a subject of great debate. The original purpose of audio processing, preventing overmodulation and adding pre-emphasis, is still a primary function.

Harris Helps Indianapolis Score 

About four years ago, the Indianapolis Colts management decided to bring all their advertising and marketing efforts in-house. Since that time, the need for advertising spots, promos and programming has grown in leaps and bounds.

Bridging the gap on radio dramas 

Long-form radio programming was once a staple part of radio entertainment. GAP Digital, a recording facility near Chicago, thrives on creating long-form radio dramas and talking books for radio.

Build it once and build it right 

The first step in achieving consolidated facility efficiency is to relocate all the radio stations owned by a single company to one central location. The primary design issue for any radio station is the organization of the programmatic elements in a way that promotes efficient operation. Addressing the station's needs from the beginning will avoid costly mistakes later.

IBOC implementation 

The single largest factor in the cost of an IBOC conversion, the transmitter, is the subject of the majority of inquiries.

Let's Automate! 

Part 1 of our Special Report.

Classic Transmitters 

Radio broadcasting in the U.S. has a rich history, and great stories have been told and written about call letter origins, news coverage, format development, programming and promotion snafus, and all the famous TV celebrities who got their starts in radio.

The World's Largest Battery 

Part 3 of our Special Report.

The Case of the Modulated Maytag 

Part 2 of our Special Report.

The Sound of Traffic 

After nearly 20 years of working in radio, being involved in the design process of Westwood One's Washington, DC, studio facility was something of a departure from my experience. I learned that sound isolation, sound deadening and noise elimination are not necessarily a primary focus. In some cases, background noise can be a good thing.

Testing IBOC 

Ibiquity has completed tests for its FM IBOC system, and tests for the AM version are currently underway. What interests most broadcasters is understanding the test objectives. At this critical point in the acceptance of IBOC, stations should be aware of the efforts being made to develop a workable and realistic system.

Trends in Technology: Audio Storage and Delivery Systems 

Just about every feature we have appreciated in the broadcast cartridge has been replaced by a more flexible and better-sounding alternative.

Keeping Digital Clean 

Digital audio has provided radio with a means to deliver a higher-quality sound without requiring significant additional cost.

Facility Showcase: Inside XM Satellite Radio - The Start of Something Big 

You have seen several large radio facilities in the pages of BE Radio, including those for Clear Channel Denver and Sirius Satellite Radio. When they were completed, those facilities were the largest radio facilities in existence in North America. As is usually the case, once a milestone is achieved, the challenge to exceed it is made.

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