Bonneville Phoenix moves its three-station operation


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The complexity of Bonneville Phoenix operation is apparent with just a short visit to the new facility. It would be next to impossible to operate as it is today had it remained in its downtown space.

Newsroom reporters, content editors and command center editors communicate using Vistamax intercom stations, present at all 16 workstations in the news and sports rooms. Reporters/editors at these workstations can also communicate with any of the control rooms in the three studio suites. News and sports reporter workstations are also equipped with Stereomixers, source selectors and Wireready stations to produce content for immediate or future broadcasts.

There are eight workstation positions for news reporters and six for sports reporters in the newsroom. While positions 1-6 for the news reporters are specifically for editing/reporting, positions 7 and 8 are reserved for Tivo recording. KTAR-AM/FM has four dual-channel Tivo systems recording as many as eight TV programs at any time to capture news, current events and entertainment shows that can potentially be used for audio clips. Operators pull audio bits through the course of the day, using a Stereomixer coupled with Adobe Audition to produce broadcast clips.

Behind the newsroom is a curved wall with three positions for Web page code writers and a graphic artist. Web content is updated throughout the day, including video received from remote broadcasts. The studios are also designed and ready for video. Camera angles are set in two directions: Hosts are framed with the station logo behind them and guests are framed between the hosts, and the command center is visible in the background.

Music wing

The music wing seems comparatively simple in contrast to the talk wing. Most of the rack room and studio infrastructure is similar, but there is one difference crucial to the on-air and production operation: the Harris Netwave console.

The NetWave is ideal for the music operation because KPKX 98.7 The Peak talent operates the console while on-air. There are limited remote needs and less on-air complexity. The Netwave lends itself well to a music operation because it provides access to multiple sources, but is not complicated to operate while focusing on the show.

The Netwave frame allows for mapping through the Vistamax Frame and for access to external sources, or to route audio to other parts of the facility. Two routable module panels were added to the Netwave consoles, providing four source-selection inputs as part of each console. This quadruples the amount of inputs of our previous one-input system, and is more than adequate for a music operation.

A large conference room near the KPKX studios is available for special on-air events such as visiting bands, radiothons or news conferences. This large room has a movable wall and is ideal for a 12-to-15 telephone bank; shows can be done live from this room using a World Feed Panel routed to the Vistamax Envoy studio networking system.

The Harris World Feed Panel is essentially a remote from inside the building, and is treated the same way as an ISDN or other external feed when called as a source on a Netwave or RMX Digital. Its capacity as a multiple I/O board is very handy for giving real-time program feeds at a professional mic or line level to television crews, musicians and even full bands with multiple instruments.

The complexity of Bonneville Phoenix operation is apparent with just a short visit to the new facility. It would be next to impossible to operate as we are today had we decided to remain downtown. The new space is serving us well in the early days, and we expect to discover new technical possibilities moving forward.


Equipment List

Air Tools 6100
Broadcast Electronics Audiovault Flex
Comrex Access
Electro-Voice RE-27ND
Fostex RM-1
Harris Control Turrets
Harris Integrator HRK, furniture, PR&E 3X6 headphone amp, Harris PR&&E Netwave 16, PR&&E RMX Digital, PR&&E Stereo Mixer Digital, PR&&E Vistamax Envoy, Vistamax intercom, World Feed Panel
Humanscale LCD monitor arms
Krone blocks
Mackie HR824, HRS120
Marantz PMD570 compact flash recorder
Mohawk wire and cable
Moseley Starlink
Symetrix 6200
Tascam CD-01U Pro 1RU CD player
Telos 2101
Yamaha Active HS50M


Smith is director of engineering, Bonneville Phoenix.




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