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TWiRT 387 - Studio & Show Lighting with Brett Gilbert

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 16, 2018 1:00:00 PM

More of us radio engineers are being called upon to provide adequate lighting for new venues.  Many stations are building live performance studios. Others are putting cameras in the control rooms.  Whether it’s for a live audience or a video camera, talent needs good lighting to be seen - in a good light.  Brett Gilbert with iHeartMedia in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been lighting up stages since high school. He shares a couple decades of hands-on knowledge with Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 386 - Pirates and Snowcats with Nick Straka

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 9, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Ahoy, matey! Thar be pesky pirates in New York, Boston, and Philly! Nick Straka is a contract and consulting engineer in the New York City area.  He builds and maintains licensed FM transmitter sites, plus he tracks down the pirate broadcasters who interfere with them.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 385 - Live from the NRB in Nashville

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 4, 2018 1:00:00 PM

You’d think the National Religious Broadcasters convention would be lacking engineers in attendance. Well, I thought that - and I was wrong.  They’re here!  Lots of ‘em!  We’re live from the expo hall at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, meeting and talking with broadcast engineers and engineering reps.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 384 - Radio Trends with Doug Irwin

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Feb 22, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Between accommodating the Television Repack and Norway’s Public analog FM stations going dark, what’s a poor FM transmitter to do?  Radio Magazine’s Editor, Doug Irwin, talks about these topics along with changing workflows with on-demand radio programming and streaming media.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 383 - Single Frequency Networks with Hal Kneller

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Feb 18, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Single Frequency Networks, or SFNs: European FM broadcasters have been using them for decades. Now, US and other broadcasters around the world are extending coverage and filling in coverage holes using synchronized FM transmitters.  Hal Kneller consults SFN projects and discussed the technology and techniques.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 382 - Envisioning Virtual Studios

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Feb 9, 2018 1:00:00 PM

What might the radio studios of tomorrow look like?  What equipment is in them? What equipment is not in them?  Could the studio’s future really be “cushions and daylight” as one radio futurist has said? We’re live at the Cleveland headquarters of the Telos Alliance, talking with colleagues about where our studio technologies are headed.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 381 - Stupidity with Tom Ray

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Feb 2, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Tom Ray says his superpower is the ability to attract stupidity. But, being a clever engineer he deals with it swifty and moves on. Tom joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for this episode on stupidity - how to identify it, how to deal with it, and what we can learn from it.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 380 - MemberPlus with SBE President, Jim Leifer

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jan 26, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Broadcast engineering is a rather small, niche career. How do we keep up with rapidly-changing technology and best practices? The answer is SBE Webinars.  New SBE President, Jim Leifer, is here to fill us in on SBE MemberPlus, where SBE members can gain real expertise in their field.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 379 - Adopting New Tech with John Schilberg

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jan 19, 2018 1:00:00 PM

 

Adopting new technologies in any profession can be stressful.  John Schilberg is here to talk about adopting new tech with the right attitude - so it’s more fun than stress. In the process we’ll flash back to Miami Vice and Star Trek in stereo! Chris Tobin joins us on This Week in Radio Tech

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 378 - Keeping HD Aligned with Alan Jurison

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jan 15, 2018 1:00:00 PM

 

In HD Radio’s earlier days, a fixed architecture offered fixed time alignment between FM analog and its HD1 signal.  Today’s HD transmission systems are far more flexible, but time alignment can vary resulting in a confusing listener experience.  Alan Jurison with iHeart Radio is an expert on this topic. He joins us to talk about making sure FM/HD listeners get the best experience possible.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

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