Dave Supplee is the market engineer for the Cumulus radio stations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He’s also a key go-to guy when new studios need to be built or refurbished. From studio design to wiring techniques, Dave shares his years of studio-building wisdom, plus transmitter site advice on this episode.
hack n. an inelegant but effective solution to a problem Often there’s more than one way to solve an engineering problem. There is usually the normal approach, and then there are one or more “hacks”. Some hacks are elegant and others - not so much. In this episode, Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack discuss radio engineering hacks - unusual yet effective ways to fix and use broadcast equipment.
Who better to predict radio’s future than a radio futurologist? James Cridland advises radio’s leaders across the world - on radio's multiplatform future, the effect of smartphones on radio listening, and radio's place in social media. He writes about what happens when radio and new platforms collide - for Media UK and other websites and magazines. And works with the brightest brains to ensure radio remains relevant. On this episode, James describes RadioDNS, which he says is one of the key te...
On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Westwood One’s VP-Engineering, Mitch Glider, joins us live from Sochi, Russia. Mitch and his colleagues have assembled a long-form studio plus several reporters’ workstations. Now the hard prep work pays off and engineering vigilance begins as hours and hours of Olympic radio coverage is fed back to New York for affiliate distribution. Mitch takes us through the studio build and the technologies employed to bring live commentary and reports from across t...
Decades ago, all radio stations had “performance studios”. Local musicians and actors would perform for some or all of the broadcast day. Today, a few radio stations have performance studios and even audience seating areas. Brett Gilbert, Director of Engineering at Clear Channel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Chris Tarr, DoE for 88Nine in Milwaukee, share thoughts and stories about these spaces. Plus, Brett introduces us radio engineers to stage lighting with a quick discussion of the technologies in...
As engineers incorporate new technology into their broadcast facilities, we’re figuring out better approaches to old - and new - problems. Chris Tarr offers up a boatload of tips, tricks, and tools that make his life easier at both studio and transmitter sites. Chris Tobin chimes in, and Kirk Harnack describes how one TV station in Oklahoma is handling tornado “play-by-play” coverage.
Thoughts and recommendations on Ethernet routers, and Kirk introduces the authoritative book about the history of Phone Phreaking, “Exploding the Phone”. Kirk and Andrew Zarian introduce the wide-open subject of putting listener-callers on-air, both on broadcast radio and on podcasts. It’s a great introduction to a future episode where we’ll give a thorough “how-to” on interviewing guest and taking callers by phone.
Tom Ray reports in and gives us a tour of the WJMJ-FM transmitter site near Burlington, Connecticut. Then Chris Tarr and Kevin Trueblood discuss radio engineering for a statewide Public Radio network, focusing on metadata strategy from multiple sources to multiple distribution outlets.
Exactly what *is* radio these days? What will happen to AM radio? How is LPFM affecting traditional radio broadcasting? Our guest, Rob de Santos, is a columnist for Popular Communications magazine, writing the popular monthly column, “Trends in Technology”.
Chris Tobin shows us the FM combiner room at 4 Times Square - a main transmitter site for some and a backup site for other New York City broadcasters. Plus, Scott Fybush is here with transmitter and tower stories, a radio discussion board, and his 2014 Tower Site Calendar.