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The SAS 32KD and Rubicon system allows flexibility at the facility since audio can be available anywhere at anytime. This allows for very easy switching of studios for any reason. It also allows for all the logic to be handled relatively easily. The SAS talks to Nexgen for start/stop logic as well as text displays on the consoles. The Rubicon's also allow for the easy control of TFT 911 EAS, Telos 2101 phones and some custom logic needed for the Elvis Duran morning show on Z100. The flexibility of the Rubicon surface also allows for each station to easily have the console laid out how they want and changes to be made easily without the need to move any wires.

Large signs clearly identify each air studio.

Large signs clearly identify each air studio.

Large signs clearly identify each air studio.

The SAS 32KD gives a lot of redundancy to the stations: One of the biggest is three separate air chains for each station. This is accomplished using the ANI feature of the 32KD to spread the load around to different frames, so a frame could be taken down and it would be possible for the station to stay on the air with no interruptions. The three separate outputs from the router feed the three separate air chains. Each air chain has its own preprocessing, mostly Ariane Sequels, and its own Airtools delay. Each air chain also has its own Arbitron PPM encoder.

The first station to move into the new facility was Q104.3 (WAXQ) on Jan. 29, 2008, less than 10 months from when demolition of the space started. Next were Power 105.1 (WWPR) and then 103.5 WKTU, Z100 (WHTZ) and finally 106.7 Lite FM (WLTW). Only a lot of hard work and long hours by everyone involved could have allowed a project of this scope to be pulled off as well as it was in the time frame available.

Equipment List

Adtran Opti-6100, DS3M3T, OMM12VIRE, DS1VM2, ETHM8 4, Netvanta 5305 router
Aphex mic processors
Ariane Sequel
Audio-Technica 4033
Electro-Voice RE-27
Evertz 7700 frame, 7707 BPX, 7707 IFRA/IFTA, 7707 GPS, AT47-8, 7705 CWDM 3, 5600MSC, 5600ACO
Harris/Intraplex Digital Cross-Connect 9560, PT353 2
Neogroupe Neoscreener
Omnirax furniture
RCS Nexgen
Sierra Automated Systems consoles and system routing
Snapstream Enterprise
Symetrix/Air Tools profanity delays
Telos 2101, Zephyr Xstream
Yellowtec Mika support arms

Smith is supervisor of broadcast systems, Clear Channel Radio-New York and chief engineer of WWPR.

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