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Blog Central

TWiRT 348 - VO Mics & Studios with Joe Cipriano

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on May 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

How does a top-shelf voice-over artist work on the road?  He makes a “MacGyver studio”! Joe Cipriano joins us to talk mics, pre-amps, processing, and how voice-over work gets done today.

Chris Tobin is here, too, from a hot transmitter room!

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 347 - Jeff Welton - IT Security and 400 Kilowatts

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on May 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Canadians may be polite, but most don’t want you hacking their Internet-connected stuff.  Jeff Welton from Nautel offers advice for IT security at the transmitter site, plus describes hand-on a 400 kW AM transmitter, and what tools to keep handy nowadays for solid-state transmitter maintenance.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 346 - Live at NAB 2017

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Apr 29, 2017 1:00:00 PM

It was the last day of NAB 2017, but before it was over, Kirk Harnack and Chris Tobin brought us some of the best radio broadcast tech at the show. Simon Jackson with flow batteries at transmitter sites in Fiji, Telos Alliance CEO Frank Foti, Mark Persons, Fritz Golman, and more!

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 345 - NAB 2017 Show Setup

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Apr 22, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Behind the scenes, we’re on location at the Las Vegas Convention Center during setup for the NAB Show.  Chris Tobin takes us on a tour of booths being set up, while Joe Talbot and Juan Punyed talk about why we get together every year in the desert.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 344 - Swedish Thai Radio with Kennet Andhersån

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

Kennet Andhersån grew up in Sweden, and worked in Swedish radio stations. Now he’s building and consulting stations in Thailand, plus developing software for broadcasters. Get a new perspective on radio engineering as Kennet joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for This Week in Radio Tech.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

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

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

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.

Hosts:

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

Guest:

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

TWiRT 340 - War Stories with Robbie Green

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Move 4 radio studios across town.  You’ve got two weeks.  Go!  Oh, and scrounge some equipment to make the STL systems work with an old T-1 circuit.  And, find some time to replace seven FM transmitters with new, solid-state units and full HD Radio. That’s the world of engineer, Robbie Green. Robbie joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack on This Week in Radio Tech.

Hosts:

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

Guest:

Robbie Green - Market Chief Engineer, CBS Radio, Houston

Show Links:

Studio Technologies Model 214 Talent Console

Soundcraft Si Expression 1 audio mixer

Ethernet Private Line (Carrier Ethernet)

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality

TWiRT 339 - Securing What Matters

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 3, 2017 1:00:00 PM

More hackers, more breaches, more ways for broadcast engineers to have a really bad day! Chris Tobin relates what can happen and the steps you need to take to patch your IT security holes. Plus, Les Kutasi joins us with news from Kathrein and the world of broadband antennas.

Hosts:

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

 

Show Links:

Shields UP! Internet Port Test (Click on Services, then Shields UP!)

IT Security podcast, “Security Now”

A Primer on Encryption for Policymakers (and a quick read for all of us)

VPN Technology Primer

Kathrein USA information

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, audio, audio quality