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Oyster Radio with Bill Eaton

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on April 28, 2015

TWiRT 255Imagine you’re the engineer for a radio station that you really enjoy listen to. Imagine that station has a terrific reputation, with the respect of listeners, businesses, and local officials. Now add a million listeners worldwide on the Internet.  Finally, realize that this radio station is in an idyllic vacation paradise with tropical beaches and a low-key lifestyle. We’re talking about Oyster Radio and Chief Engineer Bill Eaton - in Apalachicola, Florida.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

Live from NAB 2015

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on April 22, 2015

TWiRT 254 - Live at NAB 2015!We’re live from Central Hall - the Broadcast Electronics booth - at NAB 2015! A Who’s Who cast of radio celebrities joins us including Scott Fybush, Joost Bloemen, Greg Shay, Frank Foti, Jim Backus, Joe Talbot, and Jim Roberts. And don’t miss the final 8 minutes! You won’t get fooled again!

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Topics: NAB Las Vegas

Learning by Doing with Marc Silverman

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on April 20, 2015

TWiRT 253Where will the next broadcast engineers come from? Hofstra University in New York seems a good source. Marc Silverman is a student and he’s the Student Director of Engineering at WRHU-FM. Marc joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack to talk about learning about broadcast engineering by example and by doing it.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering

The Things You’ll See at NAB

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on April 3, 2015

TWiRT 252New ways to talk with listeners - and share their video calls; IP-audio codecs keep getting smaller and better; same goes for FM transmitters with a new rack-mount 10 kilowatt model; the FCC proposes office closings for a modest savings, but will they be at NAB? Drones are hot for broadcasters and the FAA. Plus we look at who’s getting some big honors in Las Vegas next month. Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack look forward to NAB in a couple weeks.

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Topics: Broadcast Technology

Wireless ISP Engineering with Patrick Parks

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on March 26, 2015

TWiRT 251Many households are in rural areas not served by cable Internet or DSL. Radio engineer, Patrick Parks wanted better Internet service to his country abode well outside the Dallas metroplex. His efforts led to building a Wireless Internet Service Provider called SmartBurst. Pat joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack to us how it all works.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering