KBEM-FM: Revitalizing a Station, Reviving a School

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Since the completion of the new studio and the installation of the WheatNet infrastructure, I’ve continued to implement new cost saving measures and other technical upgrades. Our station archive once was a shelf full of burned CDs, now is housed on a Synology DS1513+. I’ve added our ENCO machines to our local network to eliminate the USB sneakernet we had before. We’ve even been able to cut our telco bill into less than half by replacing some of our services with IP solutions.

KBEM continues to march forward from the aging operations we had only three short years ago. Our plan is to replace and update the remaining studios by 2017, starting with our recording and performance studios this fall. The school district is also looking to invest further into the station as a part of their commitment to grow North High. The investments so far have paid off, with projected enrollment on the rise. The television studios in the building were also redone in the last year, further strengthening the communications program we’re building at North. KBEM is proud to be building a modern facility that our students can learn and grow in while simplifying operations for all generations of user.

Michael E. Jamnick, CBRE CBNT. Currently the engineer for KBEM(FM) in Minneapolis, previously with KVSC(FM) and Leighton Broadcasting, both in St. Cloud, Minn.

New Equipment

  • Wheatstone LX-24
  • IP88A, IP88D, IP88AD
  • M4-IP, IP88E blades
  • Moseley Rincon
  • Audemat Relio
  • Comrex Access
  • Enco DAD
  • Enconveyor
  • Telos Hx6
  • Radio Station HUDs
  • Inovonics 730
  • Electrovoice RE-20
  • Ubiquiti AirGrid M5
  • Yellowtec Mika Arms

    Existing Equipment

  • Tascam CD1-RU
  • Shure SM5B
  • Sage ENDEC 3644
  • Comrex Nexus
  • Telos Zephyr Classic
  • Inovonics 531

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