Cumulus Cincinnati reinvents by rebuilding and reusing

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Radio Station 2.0
In a down economy, stations must be resourceful to reduce, reuse and recycle, even when building new facilities.

Beyond the studio

For our STLs we needed a way to operate out of each facility simultaneously for a seamless transition from the old location to the new studios. We chose to leave the RF STL systems in place at the old facility and to install a combination of reused Harris Intraplex T1 equipment and new Pulsecomm PCAU audio circuits. The PCAU cards had not been used in Cincinnati before and it took quite a bit of convincing with the local telephone company for it to understand and agree to the installation.

We installed a Valmont/Pirod 30' guyed tower on the rooftop of the new building to mount the 950MHz and 5.8GHz RF STL antennas. Once the stations began broadcasting at the new facility the systems were taken down and moved from the old facility. We also installed a new 3.8 meter Prodlein satellite dish on a non-penetrating rooftop mount for our satellite program delivery. Closely monitoring each one of these separate projects and shopping around for contractors helped achieve our budget goals while getting the highest performance out of each system.

Because of our current economy big budget moves are a thing of the past. We must find new and clever ways to build and improve our facilities. With the right attitude and ability to be creative we're able to make anything possible. The future of our radio broadcasting facilities and our capital projects depends on us as engineers to step up to the task, embrace new cost saving technologies and think outside the box.

Radio station 2.0: It's here.

Robinson is regional manager of engineering and IT, Midwest-Central Markets, Cumulus Media. He is based in Indianapolis.

Editor's note: BSI is owned by Cumulus Broadcasting.

Equipment list
Adobe Audition 3.0
Air Tools 6100
Audion Labs Vox Pro
Axia Element, Powerstation
Best Power/Eaton UPS
Broadcast Tools 8.1 DAS, ACS 8.2 Plus
Denon DN-C680
Electro-Voice RE-27ND
Fostex 6301B
Harris Airwave Digital, Impulse Digital, Intraplex STL Plus, Intraplex Audiolink Plus
IAC doors
JBL 4408A
Krone K-110
L-Com cable assemblies
Lucid AESX4, GenX6, SCR 9264, SSG192
Middle Atlantic WMRK
Moseley SL9003Q
Neutrik audio connectors
O.C. White Pro Boom
Omnirax Innova
Prodelin 3.8m dish
Pulsecom PCAU
Radio Systems DA-16
Rane HC 6S
Rolls RA62
Sage Endec
Symetrix 528E
Tascam CD-O1U
Telos 1X6
Titus 3-DRX
Valmont/Pirod tower
Wheatstone Bridge, G6

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