Radio folks know that format changes usually mean equipment changes as well. Especially when you're going from music to talk - that's a real game-changer. When Merlin Media recently acquired Chicago's WWWN from Emmis, they decided to make the flip - but on a very short timetable: Merlin wanted the studios finished in one month to put their new format on the air.
The studios, housed in the Chicago Merchandise Mart (storied home of NBC Radio's network operations center for decades), were completed on time thanks to the use of Axia AoIP networking gear. Since we first introduced IP-Audio, we've told people how Axia routing networks can work alongside existing studio equipment - consoles, playout systems, et cetera. That's just what Merlin did in Chicago. Radio magazine's Chriss Scherer, writing in the November issue, notes that "The [Axia] digital routing system allowed new flexibility for the station. Inherent to most modern routing systems, the station can create dynamic mix minuses and split headphone feeds automatically. The Livewire system also positions the stations for future upgrades as needed, including adding mixing surfaces." Read the whole article.