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WYSO 91.3 FM Turns Relocation Adversity into Opportunity
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The resulting floor plan located the entire station on the 14,000-square-foot first floor with adequate expansion space. The administrative offices are in one area and the operations functions are adjacent to the studio suite, but with multiple traffic routes so as not to segregate the two areas completely. The former offices and studios were located on the basement level, so one goal was to incorporate as much natural light as possible.
The 4,400-square-foot studio suite includes the air, production, and performance studios, three edit booths, newsroom, technical operations center, operations and engineering. Custom studio furniture from the Harris Pacific Design Center was incorporated throughout for optimum functionality, and at a cost no higher than using a local cabinet maker. PR&E NetWave consoles are utilized in each studio, all edit booths, and the newsroom with a VistaMax routing switcher networking everything together.
The technical operations center (TOC) is the station's central hub. The facility is wired with both Gepco multi-pair AES audio cable and an extensive network of CAT-5 and CAT-6 cabling. Eight Middle Atlantic equipment racks, each with its own UPS, contain the station's terminal equipment.
The TOC is home to the VistaMax Envoy routing switcher, with all analog and AES digital inputs and outputs on ADC patchbays in the event of a failure. The Envoy cards perform the necessary conversions so that any type source (analog or digital) is available in either format at the outputs. The Envoy HUB also networks all the consoles in the facility so that any source is available in any studio.
The Enco DAD 3TB servers and workstations also live in TOC, with NTI KVM extenders to each studio so there is no fan noise. USB extenders are also utilized so that producers do not have to walk to the TOC in order to ingest a file into a workstation. There is a Gateway workstation setup to scan and remove any viruses from USB thumb drives before files are uploaded into the automation system.
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