The Studio Shuffle

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Once the AM production room was finished and tested, it was time to train the AM staff to get them comfortable in their new home. Even though this was a temporary studio for them, the equipment in their new future studio would be the same.

Because the next rooms to be demolished were the existing AM control room and AM talk studio, the AM staff was left without a talk studio. Programming scheduled remote broadcasts for all local talk shows so they wouldn't need a studio during construction of this area. One of the hosts originated shows from various locations including his home (via Comrex) and even the sales staff kitchen on the second floor of the building.

At this point, I left while the construction crew completed the two rooms. The crew from Studio Technology and I returned to begin the second round of furniture and studio installation, which was much like the AM production room. It should be noted here that when Studio Technology installs its custom furniture, I make sure I'm there with them. Together we plan the placement of the consoles, mic stands, headphone jacks, etc. as well as the Krone block placement inside the cabinets, and they do the cutting and drilling of their cabinets so everything is finished perfectly.

And finally, Phase 3

The KUPD-FM control room was much the same as the AM control room, but everything was on a larger scale, including the control surface mainframe (20 input), several microphones, and the room itself. The KUPD morning show is a live call-in show, along with music, while the rest of the day is a typical FM rock format with calls taken offline. We were able to configure the Wheatstone E6 to accommodate both types of shows by programming events: a snapshot of the console, one for the morning show and a second one for the rest of the day. This included program buses, mix minus assignments, and aux sends used for their remote broadcasts. In addition, we built salvos (router presets) for the different remote gear the AM and FM studios shared.

The KUPD morning show in the new studio.

The KUPD morning show in the new studio.

Once the FM staff was moved into their new showcase studio, the previously remodeled FM production room that had housed the FM air staff during construction was converted back to a production room, which required resetting the source visibilities on the Wheatstone D75 six-channel router section, along with a few cross-connect changes.

Construction and scheduling being what it is, during installation of all these studios, an electrical crew was installing all new electrical in the remodeled and new rooms, as well as a new master UPS and new generator. Of course, we were tripping over one another but both crews managed to get their jobs done.

After the studios were completed, we measured the finished walls for Sound Soak, which added the final touches to the acoustics of each studio.

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