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TWiRT 343 - Where's that Satellite with John Bisset

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Apr 7, 2017 1:00:00 PM

John Bisset is here! He’s the guy who writes the “Workbench” column in Radio World. Always quick with great ideas for radio engineers, John joins us to talk about moving your satellite dish, preparing for the worst when that doesn’t work, and more tips from the master of the workbench!

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

High School Station Bullish on Axia

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Apr 5, 2017 12:49:00 PM

In recent years, low-power radio stations have hit the FM band all across the U.S., from larger cities to remote outposts and all points between. One such LPFM is WNBI, or Bison Radio, affiliated with New Buffalo Area Schools on the shores of Lake Michigan – part of the “Michiana” area in the corner of southwest Michigan, not far north of the Indiana line.

Broadcasting a mix of older and current music, along with high school sports, local news, and special features produced by the students, WNBI-LP started as an extension of Radio Harbor Country, which included WRHC and WRHZ in nearby Three Oaks, Michigan, providing additional programming for residents of the New Buffalo area. Since hitting the airwaves two years ago, the Bison Radio has been well-received by the local community.

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Topics: Axia Audio, Radio Consoles, LPFM

TWiRT 342 - Make Money by Saving It with Jim Gray

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 31, 2017 1:00:00 PM

A penny saved really is a penny earned! Ask Jim Gray who runs Optimized Media Group. Jim and his team do normal broadcast engineering; they also help stations by demonstrating Return on Investment with newer technologies, and sometimes with older equipment. Jim joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack on TWiRT.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

ATSC 3.0 Delivered

Posted by Jayson Tomlin on Mar 29, 2017 12:34:08 PM

Linear Acoustic® AMS Authoring and Monitoring SystemLinear Acoustic® AMS Authoring and Monitoring System is a comprehensive solution for real-time authoring, rendering, and monitoring of advanced audio programs for the ATSC 3.0 Digital Television System. The audio system in ATSC 3.0 provides listeners with a personalized, immersive audio experience using Next Generation Audio (NGA) technologies, including MPEG-H. AMS simultaneously delivers advanced audio for ATSC 3.0 broadcasts and 5.1-/2-ch audio for ATSC 1.0 broadcasts.

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Topics: Linear Acoustic, Television Audio, ATSC 3.0

Telos Alliance a Cleveland Technology Awards Honoree

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Mar 29, 2017 12:05:00 PM

In keeping with a company tradition of technology and innovation, the Telos Alliance was recently named a Cleveland Technology Awards Honoree in the Established Tech Firm category. Presented by Smart Business Magazine, the Cleveland Technology Awards recognize Northeast Ohio organizations that develop and implement impactful technology. CEO Frank Foti accepted the honor at a luncheon on March 23.

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Topics: Broadcast Technology, Frank Foti, Telos Alliance

Keeping Your Broadcast IP Network Safe in the Age of IoT

Posted by Greg Shay on Mar 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Considering an Audio over IP (AoIP) network for your facility makes sense; it’s faster, cheaper, and better than previous technologies. By converting to AoIP, you not only tap into the power of current technology, you allow your facility to leverage the enormous universe of “off the shelf” IT devices that are used worldwide, and not just in the broadcast industry.

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Topics: IP Audio Network Routing & Control, Audio over IP, Internet of Things

Telos Alliance Thought Leadership on Display at NAB 2017

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Mar 29, 2017 11:55:00 AM

For more than three decades, the Telos Alliance has led the way for the broadcast industry with an array of groundbreaking products. As an example of how this leadership continues today, Telos Alliance personnel will lead five important sessions on broadcast technology at NAB 2017 next month in Las Vegas.

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Topics: Audio Processing, AES67, aoip

TWiRT 341 - Sports and Studio Mics with Chris Wygal

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 23, 2017 1:00:00 PM

How many of us broadcast engineers learned by on-the-job training? Have you had a mentor or did you learn by doing it yourself?  Chris Wygal is the engineer and ops manager for a network of stations in Virginia and shares with us his tricks for on-location sports production and broadcast studios.


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


Chris Wygal - Operations Manager, The Journey Radio Network, Liberty University

Show Links:

The Journey Radio Network

Dead Cat Wind Muff (example)

Shure ULX wireless mic transmitter

How to Improve a Studio’s Room Acoustics

Omnia.9 FM Audio Processor

Cloudlifter Mic “Activator”

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

Choosing a Baseline AoIP Protocol

Posted by Marty Sacks on Mar 22, 2017 1:45:00 PM

Since the AES67 standard was ratified nearly three years ago, a paradigm shift has occurred in the broadcast indus­try with AoIP becoming the topic both around the water cooler and in facilities around the globe.

By now, you probably already know and understand AoIP's benefits: It saves money. It makes for more efficient work­flows. It reduces the amount of equip­ment you need. It eliminates massive amounts of wiring. It leverages “off the shelf” IP-based components from the larger IT industry for easy integration.

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Topics: AES67, Audio over IP, aoip

Can I Use You as a Reference?

Posted by Jim Kuzman on Mar 22, 2017 1:40:00 PM

Everyone knows a bad reference can cost you a promotion or a job opportunity, but it can also be the source of frustrating intermittent television audio problems.

The widespread use of embedded SDI signals in lieu of discrete AES I/O makes dealing with clock reference a bit easier since the reference is an inherent part of the SDI bundle, but it doesn’t eliminate clock-related issues altogether.

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Topics: Audio Processing, Linear Acoustic, Television Audio