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This Is Huge: KCRW's 11-Year Plan Comes Together with State-of-the-Art New Facility

By Justin Gelske on Nov 1, 2019 9:55:45 AM

Legendary Los Angeles radio station KCRW 89.9 FM gets a fresh start in their brand-new $38 million headquarters at Santa Monica College’s Center for Media and Design. The recently completed headquarters features 11 Audio over IP studios operating with the help of Axia consoles, xNodes, and more. You can read the full story from Key Code Media here and watch the video below.

 

Increasing Collaboration

With fundraising efforts beginning more than a decade ago, KCRW finds itself finally making the jump to its state-of-the-art headquarters at Santa Monica College’s Center for Media and Design. After years of planning, designing, and training, KCRW new, $38 million media center is a reality. One of the most important upgrades comes with its radio and broadcast infrastructure, made possible in part by some key Axia components, with the goal of increasing collaboration and transitioning the station into the digital age. We were thrilled with the opportunity to help bring KCRW to the next level and get it set up for the future.

Each of the 85+ KCRW employee workstations and audio consoles are networked for sharing and collaboration.

Where Does Telos Alliance Come Into Play?

In all, KCRW now has 11 radio studios, each built on an Audio over IP infrastructure. KCRW broadcast IT engineer Jon Connolly worked together with Axia specialist Gregory Dahl, Telos Alliance's John Bisset,  and Axia supplier Broadcasters General Store to find the right solution to be as versatile and efficient as possible. At the heart of the project, was VP of Technology at Key Code Media, Edward Locke. Ed and his team of engineers designed all audio-visual and media equipment necessary to satisfy the scope of the project. 

The solution was a Livewire network and plenty of Axia gear to go along with it. 12 Axia Fusion AoIP consoles, several Telos Alliance xNodes, Axia IP-Tablets, and Axia Pathfinder Core Pro all work together to create unmatched workflows. As you'll see in the video above, the xNodes allow for IP conversion, taking audio sources and converting them into an IP stream. The Pathfinder Core Pro allows them to manage 1,500 audio and GPIO cross-points. Each of the 85+ KCRW employee workstations and audio consoles are networked for sharing and collaboration. This is a huge step up from the non-versatile workplace of their old station.

This project was massive, but for the nationally recognized station, it was a necessary step into the future and one that will start paying off immediately. For us at  the Telos Alliance, this is a great example of the journeys we genuinely enjoy helping people go through. KCRW had a vision for what they wanted to accomplish, and with the right help and tools, they were able to make that dream a reality. We wish KCRW the best of success as they open this new chapter at their Broadcast and Media Headquarters!

Are you ready to update you own facility to state-of-the-art AoIP technology? Give us a shout. We can guide you through the process. 

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Topics: Livewire, aoip, Axia Fusion, axia, consoles, Axia Pathfinder Core PRO, kcrw

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