To the uninitiated, it seems like quite a challenge to get a station's Internet stream up and running. With questions about royalties, content, owners and streaming sponsors, it's more involved than plugging a studio feed into a media encoder.
In the wee hours of the morning the logging truck was hot-wired and taken for a ride on top of Bald Eagle Mountain, the location of WILQ's transmitter site. The driver proceeded to drive the truck straight through the front of the building, using the front door as a target.
Waiting for the dust to settle before committing to an HD Radio transmission system? This should help.
In our current economy, planning and executing a major project is becoming increasingly difficult. We must find new and clever ways to build and improve our facilities.
The 2009 Pick Hits included products from Axia Audio, Bird Technologies Group, Burk Technology, Comrex, Day Sequerra, Harris, Henry Engineering, Litepanels, Nautel, Shure, Sierra Automated Systems and Tieline Technology.
New products from Acoustical Solutions, AEQ, AKG, Audio-Technica, Bext, Broadcast Bionics, JK Audio, Orban, Overly Door, PTEK, and Yellowtec.
2009 NAB Show review: The Pick Hits, new products, technology spotlight and photos.
From the 2009 NAB Show: Insight to the IP codec technology on display at the convention.
From the 2009 NAB Show: Insight to the IP audio technology on display at the convention.
From the 2009 NAB Show: Insight to the portable audio recorder technology on display at the convention.
Getting back on the air was the first priority. Once that was accomplished, steps were taken to improve the temporary facilities.
After the dust had settled on getting WCFB on air at a temporary site, the task of selecting a new antenna for the permanent installation began.
A borderline F3/F4 tornado had cut a path across WCFB's transmitter property, directly hitting the building and 1,500' tower, bringing it to the ground. The building and everything in it was a total loss and it was going to be a long recovery process.
Many of the devices we find in a broadcast facility today communicate by way of IP; what was once kind of a luxury (LAN at the transmitter site) has now pretty much become a necessity.
Although the timeline for the construction project was to be on the air from the new facility by Dec. 31, 2008, in an almost unheard of turn of events, NHPR originated its first broadcast from the facility at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15.
Whether or not you use video surveillance at your station will largely depend on how secure you need the facility to be, compared to what you are willing to invest. The benefits of using video surveillance can speak for themselves in terms of reducing the chance of experiencing lost air time.
Learning how to use IP codecs takes a little time and may require some patience on your part. Using IP codecs for remotes can provide some excellent results.
Battery technology hasn't kept up with the advancements in technology of the myriad of portable devices available now. Wouldn't it be great to have an alternative power source that was easily portable (unlike a generator), that worked day or night (unlike solar cells)?
Congratulations to all the entrants in this year's Excellence Awards contest from Radio magazine. The entries represent the highest standard of radio technology. Special congratulations to Cox Radio Birmingham for winning this year's award.
The author prefers nitrogen over dessicated air, but he adds two more steps to manage the pressure.