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TWiRT 363 - Alexa, Tell the Studio I Hate That Song!

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Sep 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

What’s Interactive Radio? It’s when listeners have real-time input to the on-air talent. And what could be a more natural interaction than the human voice? Dan McQuillin at Broadcast Bionics introduces interactive radio using Amazon Echo or Google Home. His company’s code and service, added to Alexa Skills, brings instant listen feedback and sentiment to any radio show.

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

TWiRT 361 - Custom Multi-Casting with Marcos O'Rourke

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 26, 2017 1:00:00 PM

We’re live from KWAVE Radio in Santa Ana, California.  KWAVE runs similar, yet thoroughly customized programming in 3 different markets - San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. The various interconnections use several different forms of Studio-Transmitter Links. Marcos O’Rourke joins us to talk about the challenges and solutions. Plus, Chris and Kirk talk about the recent total solar eclipse.

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

TWiRT 360 - Moving My Samoan Stations

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

After 18 years in Pago Plaza, Kirk’s Samoan radio stations are moving - to a better studio and office location. This means reconfiguring three STL paths and adding an IP Radio link to the mix. Plenty of photos and video of rebuilding studios and a rack room on a tropical island.

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

TWiRT 359 - Help Us Help You

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Do you dread contacting Tech Support? Or do you look forward to getting the help you need quickly? There are ways to get the most from Tech Support at almost any company. Jamey Miller, Jake Alderman, and Bryan Jones are Support Engineers. They join Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for some real-life advice on getting what you need to solve your radio tech problem.

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

TWiRT 358 - Dangerous Towers with Tom Ray

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jul 28, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Tom Ray visits a lot of radio stations.  He’s a full-time broadcast engineering consultant, and an inspector for New York State’s Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program. One troubling trend that Tom sees is the deterioration of broadcast towers. Tom joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack to warn us and bring us some good advice.

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

TWiRT 357 - Audio Heard by Millions with Matt Aaron

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jul 21, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Are drones more than “big boy toys” for broadcast engineers? Well - YES! Sam Wallington is VP of Engineering for Educational Media Foundation. He’s using drone video and photography to locate trouble spots and prep for tower repairs, saving return trips.

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

TWiRT 356 - Practical Drone Use with Sam Wallington

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jul 14, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Are drones more than “big boy toys” for broadcast engineers? Well - YES! Sam Wallington is VP of Engineering for Educational Media Foundation. He’s using drone video and photography to locate trouble spots and prep for tower repairs, saving return trips.

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

TWiRT 355 - The Way We Do Things

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

Let’s examine a couple topics and explore “how we do them”. Chris Tobin discusses mics, pre-amps, and techniques for recording live music at WBGO-FM.  Then we see how PC platforms have moved into the equipment space that was only purpose-built equipment. And just how far is that concept going?

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

TWiRT 354 - Vintage Microphones with John Holt

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jul 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The first microphones were invented as far back as the 1870’s, but that’s before there were any tube amplifiers! We’ve come a long way, though most mic inventions occurred 70 to 90 years ago. John Holt is an expert on vintage microphones and gives us a fascinating look and lesson.

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

TWiRT 353 - The Beauty and Value of a Bird's Eye View

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

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems or “drones” are quickly getting popular with broadcast engineers and consultants.  A bird’s eye view can help us better visualize our antenna systems, plus there’s real value in catching visible problems before sending a tower crew to troubleshoot.

Chris and Kirk show video examples of aerial tower shots, plus Chris describes bringing Internet access to a Boy Scout camp in New York State.

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

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