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Reconstructing WEBE 108 and WICC
Cumulus tackles the challenge of an in-place rebuild.
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The old studios included an FM control room, AM control room, AM talk studio, newsroom and four production studios. Wiring to each studio was routed through conduits that ran under the floor, which was the plenum ceiling in the space below. In 1989, the space below was empty, so it was easy to run the conduit. This time, the new cabling was run overhead because fishing new cable through conduits with existing and working wiring was not going to be easy.
The old wiring included layers of additions over the years: As updates were needed, new wire was added. But even with updated wiring, most of the IT network was run on CAT-5 (not even CAT-5e). The fresh, overhead start was the way to go.
The studio side began with WICC. A new control room was built and the station moved in. While a new talk studio was built, the hosts and guests all worked within the control room. The new talk studio took over part of the space where the old newsroom was located.
The remainder of the old newsroom and the old AM air studio became a larger room for the FM control room. Relocating this wall was one of the major changes in the project.
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