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CSU-Pueblo's KTSC 89.5 Rebuilds
Colorado State University - Pueblo combines media efforts, building a new media facility.
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The studio installation took just less than two weeks. The timetable was based on two variables: equipment delivery and the completion of fiber lines to connect the new studio to the transmitter site. Thomas broke the ice on the installation by assembling the Omnirax furniture and inserting appropriate production pieces. Next, he pulled together the Balanced U and began building all of the I/O connections for the station's audio sources. With university fiber in place, he locked in the station's Lascomm multimode fiber units. This fiber connection eliminated a pair of old analog audio cables that ran almost 1,000'.
Early on in the planning process, Thomas had communicated to the department that he wanted to get the students involved in the installation. KTSC-FM staffers were already pumped up about the possibility of a new main studio and production room so it didn't take much convincing to get them to lend a hand. Rev 89 Student Station Manager John Dalton says, "The move went a lot smoother than I expected, the staff was really helpful and excited to get into the new studio." Thomas says that working with the department's student broadcasters, who as he put it, "are the real KTSC-FM soul and sound," was enjoyable. Thomas says the students offered suggestions and help whenever needed, and they learned on the job at the same time.
RMPBS Producer Ken Sciacca was also looking forward to having new neighbors at the television station considering the Rev 89 move to BCC would create new prospects for collaboration. Shared use of the audio production booth means a better utilization of space and resources. Students can put their production skills to use doing voiceover work for the TV station. RMPBS staffers thought the increase in student presence might also provide more opportunity for majors to get involved with the television production that takes place daily.
The only real issues the team faced during the installation were getting every thing in place to start the work. Thomas says there were some ordering glitches and paperwork involved that slowed them down a bit, but the university staff always came through. He added, "As a broadcast engineer you always would like to have more new goodies but economies must be obeyed; the overall experience was great fun for me, we're lucky to have an administration that is supportive of the station and staff."
Lovato is an associate professor in the Mass Communication and Center for New Media at Colorado State University - Pueblo.
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