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The furniture and equipment arrived on site on a Monday at 7 a.m. The furniture and central rack were in place and ready for equipment in a matter of hours. The production studio was up and running by the end of the day Tuesday. The air studio was complete at end of business on Thursday. Simply plugging in the two multipair cables in a studio and in the rack instantly provided all the audio interconnect to the central rack and between the studios. Each studio uses approximately 50 percent of the audio capacity in the multipairs. The central rack was complete, and the entire studio system tested by Friday evening. Saturday was spent in the talk studio and control room reprogramming the existing Audioarts D16 console to try and anticipate the needs of the Star And Buc Wild show, retuning to New York radio on WNYZ.
The flexibility of the Millenium was put to the test when the air staff requested changes to record phone calls off-line. Their request was to be able to record phone calls when the callers were not on air, take calls totally hands free, record calls without turning on any console channels, and recording calls without changing program/audition bus assignments. All of this is to avoid any on-air mistakes. The recording was to be split with the studio mics on one channel and the callers on the other, to provide maximum flexibility in editing the calls. The console was quickly programmed to send a pre-fader sum of the studio mics to the 360 Systems Shortcut left channel input, and pre-fader phone callers to the right channel input, whenever the caller one channel is in cue. When the channel is turned on, the left channel feed switches to the phones mix-minus program bus and the right channel switches to the post-fader caller output. Turning a caller channel on turns cue off. By contrast, two external, eight-channel stereo mixers are required to accomplish the same task in the morning show studio.
For WNYZ the combination of stand-alone consoles and modular wiring provided a system that met functional requirements, timeline and budget. The system has the additional benefits of being easy to maintain and is adaptable to future needs.
Where did a radio license with coverage of New York City come from in 2008? Pulse 87 is actually the audio carrier for a low-power TV license on channel 6 and is licensed in Brooklyn. The FM, stereo audio for channel 6 TV is receivable on about 85-90 percent of standard FM receivers.
FCC rules allow low-power TV stations to broadcast separate programs on the aural and visual carriers. Because there appears to be no FCC rulemaking contemplated to require low-power TV to move to digital broadcasting, New York will be able to dance to the new beat of WNYZ for some time to come.
Tankel is the principal of Future Media Design, futuremediadesign.com.
Air and production studios
360 Systems Shortcut
Avalon VT 737
Digidesign Pro Tools
Focusrite Voicemaster Pro
Radio Systems Millenium Digital
Steinberg Midex 8
Studio Technology furniture
Tannoy Reveal 6
Telos Zephyr Xstream
Morning show studio
Air Tools 6100
E-V RE-20 microphones
Radio Systems custom switching
Translantech Sound Arianne
Broadcast Tools 2.6 DA, SS4.1III
Radio Systems RAD-DA6DC
Middle Atlantic WRK rack
Some equipment was pre-existing and reused for the new installation
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