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Yea Engineering with Rob Chickering

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

TWiRT 223What’s an engineer to do when the talent loves technology as much as he does?  Roll with it and have fun! Rob Chickering is the VP of Operations and Engineering for Yea Networks - the house that Kidd Kraddick built. Rob joins us to show off his fantastic radio studios in Dallas, and talk about how engineers can be just as creative as major-league talent.

Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack talk with Rob on this episode of TWiRT.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

Roots Radio with John Stephens

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

TWiRT 222John Stephens describes himself as a Serial Entrepreneur. After 35 years working in all forms of the media John finally got around to his lifelong dream of building and operating a radio station. John's station is an "Internet Pure-play" meaning on-line only, no transmitter required. "Our Musical Roots"  has listeners in 30 different countries around the world. John calls his format "Progressive Rock for Vintage Rockers."

Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack talk with John about the evolution of his Internet station from original idea, to business  plan and then finally the fun part, designing, building and bringing his dream to life.

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Topics: Internet Radio

Engineering for Non-Engineers with Skip Pizzi

Posted by Dave Sarkies

TWiRT 221For most of us engineers, our jobs would be easier if our colleagues understood a bit more about broadcast engineering.  Skip Pizzi has finished updating the fourth edition of “A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers”.  He joins us for a fascinating look at this updated book, and how both engineers and non-engineers benefit from broadening their engineering horizons.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

War Stories with Mark Jensen

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

TWiRT 220OK, it’s “War Stories Lite”.  Mark Jensen is well-known among podcasters as the go-to guy for solid reviews of equipment for home and small studios.  His web site, NewMediaGear.com, is a resource for studio-makers and other gear-heads seeking a professional’s take on items from microphones to mixers. Mark shares his wisdom and years of experience with Chris Tobin and me on this episode.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

Alaskan Engineering with Rich Parker

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

TWiRT 219What’s it like to maintain broadcast stations in Alaska’s rough geography? Richard Parker joins Chris Tobin to talk about adjusting to life in Alaska after 17 years in Vermont. As Director of Engineering for CoastAlaska, Richard says he stands on the shoulders of some great Public Radio Engineers. Ever wonder what it takes to ship equipment  or emergency spare parts to your station in Alaska? Rich explains what not to do and how to avoid the 1000 mile several day detour your package will take. Plus Rich explains how the new AoIP and other IP technologies at his stations keeps the station staff happy while he is several hours away at other studios and transmitters.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

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