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Digital AM with Ted Schober

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

TWiRT 228Is there any hope for the AM radio band?  A few major-market AM stations still enjoy success, but AM radio is suffering most everywhere else.  Professional Engineer, Ted Schober, says there are solutions to help AM stations, including smaller antennas and a transition to digital transmission.  Is it already too late to save AM, or are there real solutions here that will give consumers and broadcasters new options?

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Remote Access with Cris Alexander

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

TWiRT 227Fewer engineers, responsible for more facilities - that gives rise to Remote Access to everything. Cris Alexander, Director of Engineering at Crawford Broadcasting, schools us about remote access, remote monitoring, and even making repairs and adjustments remotely. Plus David Bialik joins us for a look at the AES Expo in Los Angeles starting October 9th.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

Getting Started in Market #1 with David Antoine

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

TWiRT 226Some engineers get their careers started in smaller markets, then move up to a major market. David Antoine was born and raised in US market number 1 - New York City - so that’s where he started! David’s story is both interesting and inspiring, so we’re bringing him to you on this episode of TWiRT.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Every Broadcast is a Remote with Bob Page

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

TWiRT 225Meet Bob Page, the studio manager with two studios and no transmitter. With a revolving door for the on-air talent. And for whom every single broadcast shift is a “remote.” Bob manages the Radio Broadcast Center at Universal Studios, Florida. He and Jason Mercurio manage, train, facilitate, troubleshoot, connect, and do whatever else is needed to get from 2 to 5 broadcasts on the air each day from these spectacular studios.

We experienced some tech difficulties during the broadcast. Naturally, the high-speed Internet link checked out perfectly before the broadcast. But, it went dead and we had to use a backup Internet connection. Quality wasn’t so good, but Bob Page’s interview, along with Chris Tobin’s comments, are worth watching or listening to.

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Topics: Radio

Mickey Mouse Radio with Scott Fybush

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

TWiRT 224What does it mean for radio - particularly AM radio - when Radio Disney announces the shutdown and sale of 23 of its 24 AM stations? Scott Fybush is our guest. He and Chris Tobin add perspective to this week’s headlines about Disney’s announced exit from most radio ownership. We also get a tour of an RCA-BTA-50F transmitter just before dismantling. The good news is, it’s going to a museum!

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Topics: Radio Industry

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