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Dave Sarkies

Dave Sarkies is the Social Media Community & Content Coordinator for The Telos Alliance. Dave's background includes experience not only in social media, blogging, writing, and other editorial areas, but also as a radio news reporter and occasional DJ. Based in the Telos home office in Cleveland, Dave joined the Telos team in 2014. Aside for an enthusiasm for radio he shares with the rest of the Telos staff, Dave is an avid music fan, and thrilled to be in the Rock and Roll Capital of the World.

Recent Posts

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

RNC Recap: Cleveland Area Station Finds Success with Z/IP ONEs

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Sep 21, 2016 1:55:00 PM

Prior to the recent Republican National Convention, we featured a story with Steve Neumann at WINT in Willoughby, Ohio, about 15 miles east of Cleveland, where the convention was held.

As the convention neared, WINT staff planned to employ a Telos Z/IP ONE IP Codec to broadcast live from the event. We thought we’d check in with Steve for a post-mortem and find out how things worked out at the RNC.

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Topics: Telos Z/IP ONE

Amazing Sound Quality for BestRadio Brasil with Z/IPStream

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Aug 17, 2016 2:28:10 PM

For one Brazilian internet broadcaster, finding the right sound proved a challenge. BestRadio Brasil in , outside Paulo, was born of an idea to create an internet radio station with the best possible quality—quality programs, music, and an amazing audio quality.

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Topics: Streaming Audio

Thank You for Your Support

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Aug 3, 2016 9:50:32 AM

One of the things we frequently hear from our customers is how great our Telos Alliance Support team is. The 24/7 Support team regularly receives rave reviews from broadcasters from coast to coast and around the world. And while issues range from the straightforward to the very complex, the result is always the same for our customers—prompt, knowledgeable, and friendly service in minutes, not days.

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Topics: The Telos Alliance

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

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

Audio Processing as a Weapon

Posted by Dave Sarkies on May 18, 2016 11:33:49 AM


One of the newest members of the Telos Alliance family is Brian Kerkan, who came on board in March as North American Manager for Radio Processing Sales. Brian brings with him a background in broadcast engineering in both radio and television, including as Director of Engineering for Saga Communications, and a strategic approach to audio processing, his primary area of expertise. In his new role he will provide guidance to clients looking to get the most out of their Omnia Audio processors.

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Topics: Audio Processing

Good Things Come in 3.0

Posted by Dave Sarkies on May 10, 2016 1:45:00 PM

Since the introduction of Omnia.11 v 3.0 and G-Force at NAB 2016, there's been a lot of chatter - and a little confusion - in the industry as to the list of enhancements included in these packages. So perhaps we need to clarify what’s going on. For starters, it's that word - packages; Omnia.11 v 3.0 and G-Force are two distinct items. To help clear things up, we went right to the man behind both v 3.0 and G-Force, Telos Alliance Senior Algorithm Developer Cornelius Gould.

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Topics: Omnia Audio

Nicklas Stromberg's Wide World of Sports

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Mar 2, 2016 12:30:00 AM

When it comes to broadcast engineering, Nicklas Stromberg is something of a jack of all trades. But that’s certainly not to say he’s a master of none. Whether it’s RF systems, audio systems, audio mixing for radio and TV, computer and network design, or technical support, with 25 years under his belt as a freelance broadcast engineer in Sweden, Nicklas can handle about any audio chain issue.

This may be why he's in high demand, having worked in a variety of settings and countries. While much of his work – primarily with audio for sports telecasts and frequently for Swedish broadcasters such as Mediatec Broadcast Sweden – keeps him in the Nordic lands, he's by no means been confined to Scandinavia.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

A Studio Full of Sweet Gear

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Feb 24, 2016 12:30:00 PM

As Station Manager at God’s Way Radio in Miami, an Internet radio station owned by Calvary Chapel of Miami, Joey Alcala is frequently involved in a host of projects at any one time. As a result, anything that makes his job a little easier is welcome. It’s for this reason that Joey is so happy with the setup of Telos Alliance gear in the God’s Way studios.

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Topics: Studio Technology