Fresh Digs for Emmis Terre Haute

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From the time Myers was given access to the new facility, it took two weeks to complete the installation of the new equipment. The two stations moved into their new homes in August 2012. Shortly after, Emmis closed on the purchase of two more stations: WFNF-AM and WFNB-FM. The construction plans included these stations, so it was an easy matter to get them on the air in the new 4,100 square-foot facility.

On the air

On the air

Not long after the radio and TV stations moved out of the old facility, the building was razed. Within months, work began to convert that area into a parking lot.

Making connections

Because of the audio network, transferring the audio feeds from the old to the new operation was easy. A temporary fiber optic cable was run from the old studios to the new transmitter building, which could feed the on-site transmitter and the other station’s STL. A fiber optic cable also runs from the new technical operations center rack room to the transmitter building. Axia Nodes placed at each end made switching the audio as simple as pressing a button.

When WFNB and WFNF came in, their STLs were mounted on the tower and audio was fed from the fiber optic cable.

WTHI air studio

WTHI air studio

There are six 6" conduits run between the rack room and the transmitter building. There's plenty of future capacity; all the connections between the two rooms is via a single, 12-strand fiber optic cable. Even the satellite connects to the fiber. The L-band LNB output is converted to a digital signal and multiplexed on the fiber. The feed is demuxed in the rack room to feed the satellite receivers. This places the satellite receivers within the studio area, but not at the expense of running several hundred feet of coax, and without the resulting RF losses.

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