Streamlined Station 

When I first assumed the chief engineer duties at WHKP, I inherited a facility that, while beautiful and functional, was aging as far as broadcast equipment. The station had been using a DOS-based automation system since the mid-1990s for traffic and play-out of commercial material

Mega Media Group Contracts for Custom PPM Ratings 

WNYZ-LP broadcasts on the audio portion of a low-power TV station on VHF channel 6 and will use the custom data collected by the PPM to gauge its success.

Arbitron Debuts Personal Web for PPM Respondents 

Arbitron has introduced a personal home page system for Portable People Meter survey participants designed to track reward points and encourage panelists to carry the meter every waking hour.

MRC Rejects PPM in Philly and NYC 

In January, the Media Ratings Council (MRC) denied accreditation of the Aribitron Portable People Meter (PPM) system in Philadelphia and New York.

Field Report: Day Sequerra M2.2R 

Day Sequerra has updated its M2.0 HD modulation monitor, adding some nice and very useful features. I first reviewed the original M2.0 in Radio magazine in May 2006, and the new M2.2R model is an attractive piece of test equipment that will likely go in your facility where it can be seen by you and others.

Media Monitors to Link with Arbitron PPM Ratings 

Arbitron and Media Monitors have signed an agreement that allows Media Monitors to link Arbitron PPM minute level audience data with Media Monitors airplay information in a new service called Audience Response.

Salem Omaha rebuilds 

Salem Communications owns three stations that serve the Omaha market: KCRO-AM, KGBI-FM and KOTK-AM. Each station has a history that goes back many years, and the stations’ previous studios had seen a major part of that history. Salem acquired the three stations in 2004 and 2005, and it was known early on that new facilities were a necessity.

Arbitron, Entercom Sign Multi-year PPM Agreement 

Entercom Communications has signed a multi-year contract for Arbitron Portable People Meter radio ratings services.

Built Right 

For the Saga Communications stations in Asheville, NC, the need to update the facility that had more than 30 years behind it set the steps in motion. While a modern facility was the goal, the Asheville project provided Saga with the opportunity to implement some new technologies and try some new approaches. In the end, a necessary rebuild provided a showcase for the station and the group owner.

Sleek, fast and ready to move 

In early October of this year, MRN Radio, the voice of NASCAR, crossed the finish line by moving to its new studio facilities. While one advantage of this move was that the facility did not support a 24-hour on-air operation, it was not simply a move across town. The studio moved 500 miles.

Arbitron to Delay PPM Rollout in Nine Cities 

Arbitron will delay the commercialization of its Portable People Meter (PPM) radio ratings service in nine markets. New York, Nassau-Suffolk and Middlesex-Somerset-Union will be delayed by nine months

Planned Transition 

A station rebuild usually includes all new equipment. Sometimes, it's not practical to replace everything, in which case, an incremental approach is needed. The Cumulus Indianapolis stations had a decent facility, but the on-air consoles weren't performing as expected or needed. The new consoles solved the existing problem, but they also set the stage for a future upgrade path.

Cumulus Media Signs on to PPM 

Cumulus Media has signed a multi-year agreement for the Aribitron Portable People Meter ratings services for 33 stations in eight markets.

Technology Turnaround 

The time had come for KKDA Dallas to abandon the classic U-shaped cabinetry and start completely from scratch. The challenge was that the new studio had to be in the same location as the previous, which could not be enlarged.

Something new for news radio 

CBS Radio's KYW Newsradio saw a move as an opportunity to update the facility, upgrade the infrastructure to a digital, router-based system and have an individual identity in the marketplace.

Americom Reno 

A seven-station, medium market radio operation expands in a new facility.

Building a showcase 

It's a syndicated morning show, and it has a new headquarters after building a showcase. Step inside the new Tom Joyner studios.

Clear Channel Signs Multi-Year Agreement for Arbitron PPM in 46 Markets 

Clear Channel Radio has signed a multi-year agreement for the Aribtron Portable People Meter radio ratings services in 46 markets $when those services are rolled out by Arbitron.

Denmark Radio Selects Arbitron PPM 

The radio industry in Denmark has selected the Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) system as its electronic audience measurement system.

Facility Facelift 

With six new studios and offices, everything had to be coordinated to work in harmony and keep the station flowing. To complicate things, in the middle of the project was an HD Radio conversion.

Jazz at its Best 

The design of the Jazz at Lincoln Center performance space allows for acoustic isolation making the theater an ideal place to create recordings for live and tracked productions that air over XM.

Digital Audio Testing 

With analog, engineers know how to measure levels, frequency response and distortion to gauge the audio performance. Unfortunately, digital audio changes all this.

Field Report: Whirlwind AES Qbox 

When a station changes to AES3 or S/PDIF digital audio, the availability of easy-to-use, rugged and portable test equipment declines greatly.

Arbitron Releases Philadelphia PPM Ratings 

Arbitron released the first so-called currency radio ratings from the Philadelphia Portable People Meter (PPM) radio ratings service.

Creative Remodeling 

Creative studio remodeling became the mandate at community/high school radio station WSTB-FM in Streetsboro, OH (near Akron). The station operates on

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