A Clear Consolidation


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The Z100 morning show has a small studio for production.

The Z100 morning show has a small studio for production.

Bringing together five New York City FM radio stations with long histories of being in their own studio space is no simple task. The planning for Clear Channel New York City's move began in 2005 when the first thoughts of consolidation began to take shape. After searching many buildings in Manhattan, a building in the trendy Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca was chosen; the NYC stations would occupy 120,000 square feet on the 2nd, 3rd and half of the 4th floors in the AT&T building. Clear Channel Radio-New York also has space on the 1 st floor that will be built out as a 200+ seat performance space. This building was built in 1933 and for years served as home to AT&T's long cable division and was the spot where the first transatlantic cables came into NYC. This building offered a great space that could be custom built to meet all the needs of the five stations and also offered all the technical facilities a radio group could need.

All of the studios have a dedicated call screener area, like Z100's, which looks into the control room.

All of the studios have a dedicated call screener area, like Z100's, which looks into the control room.

The concept

Once the contracts were signed, Meridian Design, interior architects, began working on the design of the space. Josh Hadden, director of engineering and IT for Clear Channel Radio New York, had a concept of consolidating five stations under one roof while allowing them to each keep their unique identity and personality. This was accomplished by giving each station its own studio complex on the 3rd floor of the new building. These studio areas would have their own entrance off the main hallways and behind the doors, studios and programming offices for the station would be built.

The main lobby outside the commercial production rooms

The main lobby outside the commercial production rooms

Construction started in April 2007 and an aggressive time line was set. Luckett & Farley, project managers, and Lehr Construction Corp., general contractors, began with demolition of the 2nd,3rd and 4th floors. By September enough construction was done to allow Technet Systems into the space to begin the integration. Technet engineers, Bob Smith, Lindsey Collins and Mark Bizbee began the massive undertaking of pulling miles of audio cables and punching hundreds of thousands of Krone blocks. Soon after they started, the Clear Channel Radio-New York engineering team (led by Hadden) of George Marshall, Henry Behring, Doug Irwin and Jeff Smith began working on studio and master control room (MCR) configurations in the new space.

The master control room is visible through a glass wall.

The master control room is visible through a glass wall.



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