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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

TWiRT 377 - Virtualizing in 2018

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 30, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

We keep running upon the subject of Virtual Radio, or Virtualizing Radio.  Chris Tobin and I imagine both good consequences and unfortunate ones as broadcasters implement more virtualization strategies.  Sure, saving money could be a motivator for virtualizing, but Chris asks, “How will you improve your broadcast product with the money saved?”  Kirk points out the increased flexibility of virtual tech allows more localism with less effort.

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

TWiRT 376 - How To: Live Video Production for Radio

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

 

With social media platforms catering to video, “Visual Radio” is more than just industry buzz.  On the heels of a Washington, DC, symposium on the subject, Chris Tobin shows us the technical setup for a low-budget, yet effective video webcast from WBGO-FM in Newark, NJ. We look at the cameras, connections, interfaces, and software used to create a video version of a traditionally radio-only event.

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

TWiRT 375 - Podcast Engineering School

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 15, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

Many skills required for broadcast engineering are directly applicable to podcast engineering and production.  Chris Curren teaches broadcast and podcast engineering skills, including mixing, fixing, loudness, and using plugins

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

TWiRT 374 - Boston Radio with Jim Armstrong

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

 

Everyone starts somewhere, and Jim Armstrong started right near the top - in Boston radio! We’re talking early days of on-air traffic reporting, some technical perspectives from those days, and about Jim’s big switch to broadcast equipment sales; lessons here all of us engineers can learn from.

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

TWiRT 373 - Visual Radio Live from WAMU

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

 

Radio industry experts are talking with each other, sharing ideas about “visual” radio. We’re asking a lot of questions, too. What are we trying to accomplish with video added to radio? Can we engage our audiences better and longer? What strategies seem to be working?  Chris and Kirk attended the Visual Radio Symposium this week, and Al Reynolds of WAMU was there, too.

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

The Bisset Brief: Winter Weather Preparedness Revisited

Posted by John Bisset on Nov 29, 2017 12:50:00 PM

Winter weather preparedness is a topic near and dear to our readers’ hearts, with some good suggestions from our initial column on the subject. Ray Gorney is the Assistant Director of Engineering for Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, ID, CSN International, and the Effect Networks. Ray added a very important consideration to that survival backpack we wrote about last issue—prescription medications. For engineers who take prescription or even over-the-counter meds, having a one- or two-day supply in the survival kit is a necessity. It could be dangerous, if not deadly, for some to be without their meds.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, weather preparedness

TWiRT 372 - Tom Vernon on Smart Speakers

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Nov 17, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

“We’re on the verge of a Voice Activated Internet,” says Tom Vernon. Tom’s recent front page Radio World article, “Can Smart Speakers Bring Radio Home?” points to new radio listeners using smart speakers. We may also find voice-activated tasks around broadcast stations, facilitated by Amazon Echo or Google Home devices.

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

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