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Kirk Harnack [TWiRT]

If you're a radio engineer, this lively mix of news, tech tips and commentary will make its way to your "must watch" list. Join the conversation with our Kirk Harnack, his regular contributors and special guests.
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TWiRT 420 - Hurricane Recovery with Charlie Wooten

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Nov 16, 2018 4:41:00 PM

What does an award-winning broadcast engineer do with a hurricane? Whatever it takes. Charlie Wooten is Director of Engineering and IT at iHeartMedia in Panama City, Florida.  He plans ahead to keep iHeart’s AM and FM transmitters and studios on-air. But, a hurricane is difficult to plan for. Charlie joins us with photos and stories from Hurricane Michael’s devastation to broadcast facilities and infrastructure in Florida.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 418 - Radio Travelogue with Mark Humphrey

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Nov 2, 2018 1:35:00 PM

Wherever you travel there’s probably a radio station nearby. Mark Humphrey took some vacation time to travel out west, stopping on the way to visit a radio museum and radio and TV stations. Plus we talk about how FM translators are providing what’s essentially “Primary” service to one rural Pennsylvania valley.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 417 - Match Game TWiRT from New York

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Oct 19, 2018 3:38:00 PM

The Giz Wiz, Dick DeBartolo, joins us for TWiRT, on location in New York City! We check out some audio gadgets, talk about the AES and NAB conventions, and play a few rounds of Match Game.  Andrew Zarian joins us, too!

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 416 - Great Sound Matters Most

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Oct 12, 2018 1:12:00 PM

What are today’s trends in FM audio processing? Is it cleaner? Less smashed? More thoughtful? Paul Kriegler, former Program Director and now Omnia’s factory rep for the US, joins us for an update on FM and streaming audio processing. Plus we delve into AES192, and how it can make a positive difference for FM signals.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 415 - Wrap It Up and Get Started

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Oct 8, 2018 1:01:00 PM

Chris Tobin reviews some of the best broadcast engineering info from the Central Canada Broadcast Engineers conference (CCBE). Plus, winners from the SBE 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, and RF spectrum repacking - lots of transmitter site work to make way for about 50 MHz of new mobile carrier spectrum.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 414 - AES67 from CCBE with Anthony Kuzub

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Sep 28, 2018 12:54:00 PM

Anthony Kuzub is a solid proponent of AES67 for Audio over IP.  As IP Audio Product Manager at Ward-Beck Systems, he’s helping bring networked audio products to market, and showing engineers how to use them to make better audio in broadcast facilities. Anthony joins Chris Tobin at the Central Canada Broadcast Engineers Conference this week.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 413 - Radio Caroline with Rob Ashard

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Sep 21, 2018 4:17:00 PM

Perhaps the best-known pirate radio station anywhere - Radio Caroline - is legendary! For many years the Ross Revenge, an Icelandic fishing trawler, has been home to Radio Caroline’s studios and transmitters, and the transmitting mast, too.  Rob Ashard and Nick Jackson join us live from the Ross Revenge, anchored off the English Coast on this episode of TWiRT.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 411 - RF Exposure with Stacey Moore

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Sep 10, 2018 11:59:00 AM

Safety training and certification is vital for tower workers these days. We’re discussing the RF Exposure to Humans factors that figure into overall tower worker safety. Joining us is Stacey Moore with LBA Group. We’re looking at Personal RF Exposure Monitors, physiological impacts of RF exposure, safety procedures at multi-tenant sites, and talking about exposure to the general public. Chris Tobin is here, too, for his perspective on these issues and topics.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 410 - Equity in Audio, and AES 2018

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 31, 2018 11:33:00 AM

The Audio Engineering Society brings together a huge variety of people from every corner. There are nearly as many job descriptions as there are thousands of members. Diversity is palpable and AES member, Jill Courtney, is looking to clear remaining roadblocks for women and minorities thinking about careers in Audio and other STEM fields. Plus, David Bialik is here to update us on the array of AES sessions - so many in the Broadcast and Online Delivery track alone.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 409 - Circle the C-Band Wagons with Mark Johnson

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 27, 2018 11:12:00 AM

Outnumbered and out-financed, broadcasters face a real threat to reliable TV & Radio satellite reception.The C-Band satellite spectrum that Radio and TV broadcasters depend on looks mighty good to some of the biggest companies in the world - mobile data carriers. Mark Johnson, Founder of LiNKUP Communications has the latest and positive steps to head this off.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

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