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WPIG Makes a Huge Technological Leap
Facility Showcase, Feb 2010
Re-building a radio studio is a pretty straightforward task. Though there are different levels of intricacies, you would usually move the studio operation into a temporary room, rebuild the old studio, then move the operation back into the newly outfitted room. The time involved would, of course, depend on the level of the rebuild, but moving the operation into another room temporarily makes the job go much easier. What if you were given the task of rebuilding radio studios while keeping the operation running from the same studios you were tasked to rebuild? This was the job at hand at our FM/AM combo in Olean, NY.
WPIG and WHDL badly needed a rebuild. The automation was still the DOS-based DCS system from Computer Concepts and most of the audio consoles were even older. The operation, though at once state of the art had over a 20-plus year time span, become unreliable and the sound quality had deteriorated. The studios, originally built in the 1930s, are nestled in the Southern tier of Western New York near the New York/Pennsylvania border an hour and a half drive south of Buffalo. Originally, the building was home only to WHDL-AM until The FM (WHDL-FM) came along in 1947. It is now the heritage super power class B FM country station WPIG. There are three studios, two air, one production room and a combined rack and engineering room involved in this job. The AM transmitter is co-located here as well. Needless to say, space was limited, thus the need to rebuild around the present operation.
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