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TWiRT 327 - Denny Sanders and Processing the Buzzard

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 1, 2016 1:00:00 PM

FM audio processing grew and developed right along with the Rock ‘n Roll radio format.  Denny Sanders played a key role in Rock Radio from Boston’s MIT to Cleveland’s Buzzard. Denny’s our guest along with Chris Tobin on This Week in Radio Tech.


Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist
Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting



Links from the show:

Denny Sanders on WMMS, November 1985 (in-studio video)

LABELING YOUR CABLES - Easy Everyday Solutions

3M™Scotchcode™ Write On Dispenser


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xNodes Link Community Radio for Northern Colorado

Posted by Shane Toven on Nov 30, 2016 11:45:00 AM

With its beginnings on the University of Northern Colorado campus in 1967 as KCBL, 91.5 KUNC serves residents of Northern Colorado with a unique blend of locally-produced news, music, and other popular public radio programming. Now owned and operated by Community Radio for Northern Colorado, the group has grown to a network of over 14 stations and translators throughout Colorado.

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Topics: Axia Audio, STLs, xNodes

TWiRT 326 - Let’s Get Ready to Re-Aim

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Nov 28, 2016 11:16:02 AM

Well, that’s one of many subjects that Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack are discussing on this episode. Others include Burli newsroom software, Harris VistaMax, Shure SM7, Telos iPort PLUS parallel audio distribution, and Krone block patch cables. And, will President Trump replace FCC Chairman Wheeler?  

Hosts:  Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting




Links from the show:

Gentlemen, Move Your Dishes - Radio Networks Moving to AMC-18 (or SES-11?)

Krone Block information from the Online Engineer

Connecting the Land Down Under - via Satellite and Terrestrial Internet



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Omnia.7AM is the Answer for WHK

Posted by Tom Vernon on Nov 16, 2016 12:30:00 PM

We go to the far reaches of the globe to bring you stories about happy users of Telos Alliance equipment, along with the innovative ways they put it to use. But sometimes, a great story is right in our own back yard. This time, we'll take a short drive from our Cleveland headquarters and travel to legacy station WHK 1420 AM The Answer. It's now part of the Salem Media Group. The Cleveland cluster also includes WHKW 1220 The Word, WHKZ 1440 The Word, and WFHM 95.5 FM The Fish. When we get there, we'll meet up with Chief Engineer Brett Patram. He'll tell us about his experiences with Telos, and how the stations came to be a test site for Omnia processors, most recently the Omnia.7AM.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, Omnia.7AM, audio processor

TWiRT 325 - Old to New Engineering at WHRO

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Nov 12, 2016 1:00:00 PM

When you start from a solid engineering foundation, it’s much easier to pass the baton to your replacement.  John Heimerl retired from Engineering at WHRO in Norfolk, and the new engineer, Ray Lenz, has been building on John’s AoIP foundation. We’re talking with both John and Ray, plus Chris Tobin on TWiRT.


John Heimerl, Fine Tuning Associates, LLC

Raymond Lenz, Senior Radio Engineer, WHRO - WHRV


Hosts:  Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting

Links from the show:

WHRO, Norfolk, VA  



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IBS: The College Radio Resource

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Nov 2, 2016 11:55:00 AM

College radio stations often have limited resources to manage various projects or issues they might face. So where do college broadcasters turn when they have questions? Intercollegiate Broadcasting System is a 77-year-old volunteer organization that supports the mission of college and high school radio, and recognizes and promotes the efforts of these and other non-commercial broadcasters.

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Topics: college radio, Intercollegiate Broadcasting System, College Radio Day, high school radio

College Radio: Igniting the Soul

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Nov 2, 2016 11:50:00 AM

Down on the lower end of the FM dial is where you’ll find them… Diligently plugging away, sometimes sounding as if they’re not so sure of themselves, playing music you’ve likely never heard before. Depending on what you hear, you may feel it’s not your cup of tea and tune your radio to something more mainstream.

But do you ever get tired of mainstream and feel like you want something a little different? Then I invite you to stick around a while, bear with the young DJ spinning the tunes, and open your ears to something you don’t always hear on mainstream radio. Welcome to the wonderful world of college radio.

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Topics: college radio, College Radio Day

Streaming University: The Complete Broadcast Streaming Audio Resource

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Oct 26, 2016 12:55:00 PM

These days, streaming audio is everywhere, and the importance of streaming continues to grow for broadcasters across the globe. Anymore, simply having an audio stream isn’t enough - though it’s a start if you’re not already streaming now. If you aren’t, you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to maximize listenership - and revenues! Broadcast streaming audio has become such an important facet of many radio stations’ offerings that it’s making up a larger portion of broadcast revenues every year.

Because this essential technology continues to proliferate, there’s a lot to know - even for those who have been streaming for several years. That’s why, earlier this year, the Telos Alliance developed Streaming University, a series of classes and an accompanying YouTube video series providing everything you need to know about streaming audio.

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Topics: Streaming Audio, adaptive streaming, audio, streaming, broadcast streaming, streaming for radio

TWiRT 322 - Alex and Chris, The Radio Tech Guys

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Oct 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Alex Linger and Chris Moran are two radio engineers using the latest technology to help broadcasters create news, sports, and entertainment. What sets them apart is how they share what they do with the rest of us. Alex and Chris have a new podcast and they produce how-to videos about broadcast studio and transmitter systems.

Guests: Alex Linger, Director of IT - West Virginia Radio Corp and Chris Moran, Director of Technology - West Virginia Radio Corp

Hosts:  Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist  and Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting



Links from the show: 

Platinum Tools EZ-RJ45 connectors and tools

The Radio Tech Guys web site

The Radio Tech Guys YouTube Channel


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Telos Z/IP ONE IP Codec Helps to Lay Down the Law

Posted by Tom Vernon on Oct 19, 2016 1:05:00 PM

Sadly, not long after this interview was completed, the engineer featured in this story, Joe Huk, passed away suddenly. Joe was a talented engineer and will be greatly missed. We extend our condolences to his friends and family.

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It's been a yearly tradition at WMUZ since the late ‘80s. During the first week in June,  Crawford Broadcasting's Detroit operation partners with Goodwin & Scieszka for the annual Law Day remote, where the client provides free legal advice and gives away safety helmets and bicycles to children in the community. It's an event that requires a lot of planning and preparation from chief engineer Joe Huk, along with a dedicated team at the station. It also involves the Telos Z/IP ONE broadcast IP codec.

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Topics: Remote Broadcasts, Telos Systems, Telos Z/IP ONE, broadcast codec

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