WYSO 91.3 FM Turns Relocation Adversity into Opportunity

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The air and prod studios share a common 700-square-foot performance studio space used for recording and/or live broadcasts of musicians and programs with large groups. The room is designed to accommodate variable acoustic panels depending on the application.

A custom mobile interview table from Harris Pacific Design Center can be wheeled into place for a large interview or talk show, or wheeled out of the studio for a band. Custom interface panels provide connections for microphones, direct boxes, monitoring, IT, video, and Telos Nx-12 Desktop Director and call screener.

Three edit booths each accommodate an announcer/host and one or two guests. Each is equipped with a 16-channel NetWave console, Enco DAD workstation, Telos hybrids, CD recorders and other studio equipment. The newsroom has three producers' cubicles for collecting and editing stories from AP, state and local sources; and will soon have a PR&E Oasis audio console to complement its Enco DAD workstation. The music library contains more than 30,000 CDs and an archive of rare programs recorded on magnetic tape media.

Any broadcast facility designed for the future must include extensive IT facilities. The station's IT system was dramatically improved with a redundant fiber backbone and 1GB smart switches provided by the University. Our ISP is OARNet and we also have a fiber connection to MVECA. Secure VPN connections allow staff to access the Enco automation, transmitter, and other systems. Encrypted Wi-fi service is available to staff with the proper codes, plus an open Wi-fi service is available to guests with limited access. The IT network supports our studio functions, office functions and our Allegiance software. The Avaya VoIP phone system interfaced well with the Telos NX-12 system and other studio functions.

Relocating the station was done in phases since equipment funding would allow partially equipping only two studios, and some essential systems such as the STL and satellite terminal. The remainder of the equipment would come from the existing station after signing on at the new studios.

Following construction, the plan was to install and make operational a basic facility that would run in parallel with the existing station as a test. We initially built the TOC, air studio, one edit booth, STL, satellite terminal and a portion of the Enco DAD automation. The Enco systems at both locations were synced together over the IT network so that any changes made at one site would also be performed at the other. We then operated both facilities in parallel for a period to ensure proper operation.

The other studios were pre-wired as much as possible to minimize relocation time. The result was a smooth transition that was seamless to both the audience and staff.

After 50 years, WYSO finally has the state-of-the-art facilities and tools required to realize its full potential of producing the very best public radio programming for the Dayton/Springfield market and surrounding communities. The next 50 years will certainly contain more challenges for WYSO, as well as broadcasters everywhere. It is said that tribulation begets perseverance; perseverance develops character, and with character comes hope. WYSO has proven it can persevere and has the character to prevail and succeed.

Floorplan of the WYSO studios

Layout plan of the WYSO edit booths

Equipment List

ADC ProPatch AES and Bantam Jackfields
Air Tools 6100
Alesis 12R
Balsys Global Distribution Portal
Broadcast Tools SRC-16
Burk ARC-16 remote control
Cisco managed Ethernet switches
Crown monitor amps
Day Sequerra M4.2R
Denon DN-C635
Enco DAD32
EV RE-20, RE-27N/D
Gepco cable
Harris 3x6 headphone amps, HDE-100, Exporter, HDI-200 Importer, Pacific, Design Center custom furniture, PR&E, Netwave, PR&E Vistamax Envoy, Intraplex STL HD Plus
Henry Matchbox
HP managed Ethernet switches
IAC studio doors
JBL 6332, 4410, Control 5
Marantz PMD-660
Master Clock MCR1000
Middle Atlantic 44Rux36, LCD monitor
Moseley 9003Q-2SLAN, HS900D LanLink
Nautel Exporter Plus
NTI CAT-5 KVW extenders
O.C. White mic booms
Omnia 6exi FM/HD
Orban Optimod 8500 FM/HD
Sage Digital Endec
Samson monitor amps
Sony MDS E11
Startech KVM switches
Symetrix 304, 528E, 581E
Tascam 112B, SS-CDR200
Technics SP-10, SP-25
Telos 1x6, Desktop Director, NX-12
Tieline G3 Commander, Record-IT
Wohler AMP1-V2DA
Yamaha 2000
Yellowtec Mika

Stitt is president of JMS & Associates, Inc., Cincinnati. www.jmstittassociates.com

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