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War Stories with Mark Jensen

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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

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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

IP Radios and SIP with Bob Newberry

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TWiRT 218Bob Newberry at Clear Channel in Birmingham, Alabama, oversees engineering at 11 radio stations plus 4 HD signals.  Pushing the technology envelope means using new IP-radio technologies along with IP telephone systems - and both areas give Bob more options, better quality audio, and some money savings, too.  Joe Talbot from Telos joins me talking with Bob about learning SIP technology while putting it to good use.

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Topics: Radio Technology

The EKKO Stamp Fad with Philip Mulivor

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TWiRT 217Nearly 100 years ago radio stations were so new the owners didn’t know who was listening or where. Without the Internet or even many telephones gathering listener reports was spotty. Then the EKKO company hit on a stroke of genius: Radio EKKO Stamps and collector’s books to fill with them. Radio historian and electronics professor, Philip Mulivor, joins us to reveal the fascinating story of early radio listening, and keeping track of stations with EKKO stamps.

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Topics: Radio History

Cumulus NASH Tour with Zach Harper

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TWiRT 216Nationwide daily drivetime radio shows, plus a huge weekly countdown show all emanate from a remodeled studio building in Nashville. It’s the Cumulus NASH studios, home to American Country Countdown, America’s Morning Show and Nash Nights. These state-of-the-art studios are built for multimedia production including video streaming and live concerts. Cumulus Nashville IT Director and Engineer Zach Harper gives a tour to the Nashville SBE chapter, and we brought our video camera along!

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Topics: Radio Technology

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