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Radio Station Rises from the Rubble

Posted by Tom Vernon on Jul 27, 2016 1:50:00 PM

Natural disasters tend to bring out the best and worst in people. For KHKC 102.1FM, located in Atoka Oklahoma, a tornado that hit on May 9th definitely brought out the best in a lot of people.

“The storm totally destroyed the studios and damaged our main tower, explains Bob Sullins, president of Keystone Broadcasting. “Station manager Ricky Chase and his daughter were in the studio when the tornado struck, and took shelter under a desk. Thankfully, they were not injured.”

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Topics: Axia Audio

Z/IPping Along at the RNC

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jul 20, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Steve Neumann is Program Director at WINT in Willoughby, Ohio, about 15 miles to the east of Cleveland. When the station decided to broadcast live from the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland next week, they needed to know they’d be able to provide a stable remote feed back to their studios. Fortunately for WINT, Steve goes back a ways with Telos Alliance CEO Frank Foti.

“Frank and I go back more than just a ways,” Steve jokes. We met back in the early days of our broadcasting careers. Both of us worked at 1330 AM, which is now WINT. Back then it was WELW. We were both young pups in high school who had always been fans of radio, and we ended up working at the same station.”

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Topics: Telos Z/IP ONE

Found in the Attic: A Pioneer Threefer

Posted by Tom Vernon on Jul 20, 2016 1:02:16 PM

Without a doubt, the best-known brand of hi-fi gear from the late ‘60s and throughout the ‘70s was Pioneer. The sleek styling of brushed aluminum panels and large illuminated dials convey a sense of sophisticated elegance that makes them sought after items even 40-some years after their manufacture.

Pioneer's product line always included everything from top-of-the-line equipment to gear that college students on a shoestring budget could afford. And sometimes there were package deals that included speakers, turntable, tuner, amp, and tape deck. This installment of Found in the Attic looks at a trio from the late 1970s – the SA-6500II power amplifier, TX-6500II AM-FM tuner and CT-F505 cassette deck.

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Meet the Man Behind 'the Dan'

Posted by Denny Sanders on Jul 12, 2016 4:30:00 PM

Gary Katz, the acclaimed producer and major force behind the discovery and presentation of some of the most important artists in the history of popular music, visited Telos Alliance headquarters to discuss a very exciting possible cooperative venture. While here, he sat down with our own Denny Sanders to discuss some of his recollections spanning more than 50 years in the music business and gave us his thoughts about audio integrity and the pursuit of quality sound.

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Topics: Audio Production

Connecting the Land Down Under

Posted by Kirk Harnack on Jul 6, 2016 3:36:49 PM

With 78 analogue and 25 digital radio stations distributed across the entire continent, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) is Australia’s largest commercial radio broadcaster. Each of these stations combines “live and local” programming with networked shows originating from multiple network hubs; often up to four different source cities in any given day.

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Topics: SCAsat Audio Distribution Network

BIG Performance for Small Facilities: VX Prime Broadcast VoIP System Launches!

Posted by Joe Talbot on Jun 30, 2016 11:57:06 AM

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Today Telos Systems launches the Telos VX™ Prime, a broadcast IP telephone system ideal for smaller facilities with two to four studios. Telos VX Broadcast phone systems are well-known for providing incredible operational power, flexible, adaptable workflows, and superior audio quality on an IP backbone. Now, the VX Prime system builds upon that legacy, offering the same caliber of audio quality and performance to smaller facilities.

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Topics: VoIP

All for One, Won For All! Frank Foti Congratulates Cleveland Cavs! (Video & Slideshow)

Posted by Frank Foti on Jun 23, 2016 12:41:20 PM

Just as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” asks Toto if they're still in Kansas, I’ve been wondering if our Cavaliers Championship has been just that—a dream. Well Dorothy…
 

IT’S NOT! WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!

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Topics: Frank Foti, cavaliers, cleveland

Security Protocol for New Z/IP ONE Users

Posted by Jason Wisnieski on Jun 15, 2016 1:26:00 PM

We're making a little change to the way we configure Z/IP ONEs before they leave the factory. Even if you're not in the market for an IP codec now—heck, even if you're not a Telos customer—this change is something you should contemplate.

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Topics: Security

Ed-gineering with Axia

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Jun 15, 2016 1:25:00 PM

It was the typical FM studio layout of the day, Ed Bukont explains. Air, Production, News, and Tech Room all clustered at one end of the second floor of a two story office building. “I built the original facility at WSMD Star 98.3 FM in approximately 1988." Three stations, under many hands, have been added in the meantime. "At some point, as the situation of the aggregate plant became untenable, someone suggested calling the guy who built the original place.”

Ed did a site evaluation and found the production room had been cannibalized to keep station 2 operating, and stations 3 and 4 were using a witch’s brew of equipment, some of which he had been partially involved in the installation of. Meantime, the rack room, which had grown from two to four (now six) racks, had suffered, in Ed’s words, some very unfortunate feats of engineering.

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Topics: Axia Audio

Universal Love for Telos & Axia

Posted by Tom Vernon on Jun 8, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Bob Page may have the best radio job ever. Working for Universal Orlando Resort, he is the radio broadcast specialist who interfaces with station personnel who are broadcasting from Universal Studios Radio Broadcast Center. Universal Orlando Resort uses this facility as another vehicle for promotion. Stations come to the resort and describe the beautiful surroundings, rides, and attractions to the home audience.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering