Clear Channel, Gadsden: Small Market, Big Presence

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At the center

At the heart of the operation are Logitek JetStreamMini audio-over-IP router frames. There are six frames n the facility: Three in the technical operations center and one in each of the three studios. The two air studios also have Logitek ROC consoles, while production has a Logitek Pilot console. The AoIP system ties directly to the RCS NexGen automation system and the X-Digital Systems XDS satellite receivers.

In the rack room: RF equipment

In the rack room: RF equipment

While Gadsden is a small market, installing an AoIP system still made sense because of the scalability and routing flexibility. The reduction of wiring alone was appealing to Newberry, but being able to dynamically create IFB and mix-minus feeds, accept satellite triggers directly without wiring scads of relays, and making changes remotely have provided the stations with greater operational flexibility than they had before. There’s no more need to run down the hall to flip a switch to change a feed.

Newberry also notes that most of the configuration changes, when they are needed, can be performed remotely. He and his staff take care of the three operations that stretch across 120 miles. Remote access saves time and money, and lets the Gadsden staff avoid the frustration of waiting for someone to drive in from Birmingham.

production studio

The production studio

Newberry notes that the JetStream interface to the XDS satellite receivers is a tremendous time saver. Rather than taking the relay outputs from the receiver, the cue port data is fed to the JetStream. he NexGen automation and JetStream know which show is on the air and which triggers to engage to go to break, to play an ID or joiner and rejoin. The old method of installing several audio switchers and creating diode steering matrices are now a memory for Newberry.

For studio furniture, Newberry chose Designcraft, which also built the studio furniture for the Birmingham studios several years ago. The furniture was built in Michigan, broken down, shipped and reassembled on-site.

WGMZ air studio

The WGMZ air studio

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