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Ted Alexander on AM Processing

Ted Alexander on AM Processing

By Denny Sanders on Apr 7, 2016 12:30:00 PM

I had the pleasure of interviewing old friend Ted Alexander to tap into his vast experience as a Chief Engineer for various AM stations over the years. Ted began looking after AM stations in the 1960s and wrapped up his 50-year career not long ago, as some of you know, working in the Telos Alliance Technical Support Department. Be a fly on the wall during our interview and learn about AM processing from the man himself. 

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Topics: Audio Processing, AM Processing, AM Processors

Catching Up with Andrew Jeffries, SVP of Programming for iHeart Radio

Catching Up with Andrew Jeffries, SVP of Programming for iHeart Radio

By Denny Sanders on Mar 30, 2016 2:34:13 PM

Recently, I had a few minutes to catch up with Andrew Jeffries, Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeart Radio, on all things programming, including how processing fits into his efforts to make his many stations sound their absolute best. Without further ado, here's what the radio exec had to say.

Denny: As Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeart, you are in charge of programming for several major stations. Do you feel that the processing of each station is an integral part of your programming approach?

Andrew: All facets of our audio are important to me—from source quality through to the reception quality in the market. Quality processing is critical to the best audible experience in all environments for our consumers. Even though they will never know why a station sounds better or clearer, we do. Setting a sound design that fits your format station and target is part of your brand crafting, just like choosing the music you play or the talent you hire.

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Topics: Audio Processing

Omnia on the Riviera

Omnia on the Riviera

By Denny Sanders on Mar 9, 2016 3:52:37 PM

The Riviera Broadcast Group is the owner and operator of three radio stations in the Phoenix market. The company is a cutting-edge broadcast group, founded in January 2005 by Tim Pohlman, a former executive with CBS Radio and partner Chris Maguire, who serves as the company's chief financial officer.

I recently caught up with Chief Engineer Paul Schminke regarding his experience with the Omnia.9sg and how it has been invaluable to his facilities in this geographically challenged area.

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Topics: Omnia Audio

The Empire State Building: Where It All Began

The Empire State Building: Where It All Began

By Denny Sanders on Nov 11, 2015 3:40:00 PM

New York City’s iconic Empire State Building’s prominent place in the history of FM and television transmission might have never come about unless someone’s idea for the top of the building turned out to be one of the wackiest proposals since the Atlantic tunnel between New York and Europe.

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Topics: Vintage Technology

Get the Sound YOU Want: A Programmer's Guide to Processing

Get the Sound YOU Want: A Programmer's Guide to Processing

By Denny Sanders on Oct 14, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Denny SandersBefore I joined The Telos Alliance fulltime in 2001, I was involved in the programming and management of some pretty successful American radio stations for almost 35 years.

Quite early on, I realized that the audio signature of a station is the final stop in the presentation process and is, in some ways, the most critical piece of the programming puzzle. This is not simply a question of aesthetics. Time and time again, TSL reduction can be traced to improper audio processing, where listener fatigue robs you of your most important listeners: The P1 long termers.

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Topics: Audio Processing

Deja Vu All Over Again: Paralleling Streaming with the Growth of FM

Deja Vu All Over Again: Paralleling Streaming with the Growth of FM

By Denny Sanders on May 13, 2015 3:04:00 PM

As someone who was involved in the programming and management of FM radio stations as early as the late 1960s, I can tell you that history is repeating itself right now… Almost precisely to the event.

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Anthony Rudel: A Career Rooted in the Classics

Anthony Rudel: A Career Rooted in the Classics

By Denny Sanders on Feb 25, 2015 4:00:00 PM

I was honored to speak with Anthony Rudel, the station manager of WCRB/99.5 FM, the classical music station of the WGBH Foundation in Boston. Tony is not only a renowned figure within the classical music world and popular lecturer, but the author of several books including the wonderful "Hello, Everybody! The Dawn Of American Radio." You can order this and his other books, as well as get more information about Anthony's activity at anthonyrudel.com.

I spoke with him from the WGBH/WCRB studios in Boston.

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Topics: Radio Industry

A Visit to Amsterdam's Red Light Radio: New World of Internet Radio Based in Notorious Spot

A Visit to Amsterdam's Red Light Radio: New World of Internet Radio Based in Notorious Spot

By Denny Sanders on Oct 8, 2014 9:30:00 PM

Amsterdam has always been one of the main art and cultural centers of Europe, so it is no surprise that some of the most creative online audio services in the world emanate from this city. There is the fascinatingly bizarre Radio Patapoe, the diverse cutting edge presentations of DFM, and one of the relatively new services, Red Light Radio.

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Topics: Internet Radio

Saul Levine: FM Radio Pioneer

Saul Levine: FM Radio Pioneer

By Denny Sanders on Jul 31, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Saul Levine, one the pioneers of FM radio in Los Angeles, has been operating KKGO 105.1 since February 1959. Through his company, Mount Wilson Broadcasting, KKGO is the oldest, independent FM station in Los Angeles and one of the very few independent FMs remaining in any major market.

The station originally signed on as KBCA, became KKGO, then KMZT, then returned to the KKGO call letters in 2007. The station began as a classical music outlet, then had a long-running jazz format, returned to classical, and finally adopted a successful country music format.

Recently, Omnia Brand and Marketing Manager Denny Sanders spoke with Saul Levine at his Los Angeles headquarters.

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Topics: Radio History

Audio Processing: Your Ears vs. Specs and Features

Audio Processing: Your Ears vs. Specs and Features

By Denny Sanders on Feb 25, 2013 4:45:00 PM

I once heard a story regarding a certain ski team during one of the Olympic Games. Not sure if it is true or not, but it went something like this: This team was determined to be the first ski team from their country to bring home some medals. They studied every book about skiing. They read up on the proper techniques, equipment, stance, timing - everything.  Later they practiced on simulators. On the flight to the Olympic Games they were already counting their medals. Only one problem: They never actually skied on an Olympic course before! They hardly skied at all on any course.

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Topics: Audio Processing

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