Reconstructing WEBE 108 and WICC

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Cumulus tackles the challenge of an in-place rebuild.

One other surprise was presented when it came time to install the wire ladder. A misunderstanding resulted in the wire ladder not being ordered. Fortunately, Middle Atlantic was not too far away in New Jersey. One interesting installation note is that the ladder in the TOC is not suspended from the ceiling (which would have been a eight-foot length of all-thread around HVAC and plumbing), but rather mounted on the rack tops. This simplified not only the ladder installation, but also the wire installation because it could be laid on top rather than threaded through support rods.

The back of the racks and the punch blocks in the TOC

The back of the racks and the punch blocks in the TOC

The entire project from the first demolition of walls until everything was installed an on-air took nearly 10 months. Much of this was because of the project being in-place, but the construction crews were also based out of town, so there was an ongoing back-and-forth of crews coming to town to work, then taking off again. In the end, it all came together. The previous studios worked well for 20 years. The new studios are poised to serve another 20.

Project Crew

Randy Shull, contract eningeer
Yancy McNair, Cumulus Pensacola
Radio Engineering Services
Dave Kerstin, BGS
Ken Skok, Axia
Dave Supplee, Cumulus

Equipment List

Acoustics First Sonora
Alesis Monitor One MKII
AudioScience ASI6585
Axia Element, Iprobe, Pathfinder Pro, Powerstation
Belden 1872A MediaTwist
Cable to Go CAT-6 wire
Data Center Depot wire ladder
E-V RE-20
Krone blocks
Middle Atlantic MRK Series
O.C. White Elite
Omnirax Innova
Radio Systems headphone amps
Telos NX12

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