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Smart Speakers 101 for Radio Broadcasters: Get out of Radio and Get into Audio

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Dec 13, 2017 11:55:00 AM

Shopping for holiday gifts? Smart speakers make great gifts for those into the latest tech. Maybe you’ve requested one yourself, or know someone who has; they're sure to be on lots of gift lists this holiday season. There’s certainly a lot of buzz around smart speakers, and that’s good news for broadcasters.

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Topics: Podcasting, Broadcasting, smart speakers

TWiRT 374 - Boston Radio with Jim Armstrong

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

Everyone starts somewhere, and Jim Armstrong started right near the top - in Boston radio! We’re talking early days of on-air traffic reporting, some technical perspectives from those days, and about Jim’s big switch to broadcast equipment sales; lessons here all of us engineers can learn from.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

Routing Alternate Content the Wright Way

Posted by Tim Wright on Dec 6, 2017 12:25:00 PM

Many stations that carry sports programming—particularly pro sports broadcasts—are likely to be limited by league rules when it comes to streaming game broadcasts due to copyright regulations. As the flagship station for Chicago White Sox baseball and Chicago Bulls basketball, we are one such station here at WLS-AM in Chicago. Due to licensing restrictions of MLB and the NBA, WLS isn’t allowed to stream these teams’ games on their normal internet stream. Instead, alternate programming such as “Best of” editions of local or satellite-delivered shows—usually put together and aired by a producer in the control room—are routed to the internet stream.

To make the routing of the alternate content easier, I devised a solution using Axia Pathfinder. The only requirement is a spare PC capable of running Livewire audio drivers and VLC.

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Topics: IP Audio Network Routing & Control, Axia Audio, Axia Pathfinder

Meet Maciej Szlapka

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Dec 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM

It's funny how things work out sometimes. If not for a hometown connection in the broadcast industry, Maciej Szlapka might have never even heard of the Telos Alliance. But when his studies required an international internship, his friend Piotr—a Telos Alliance dealer—recommended him to Steve Church. The rest, as they say, is history, and these days Maciej is approaching 20 years as a Telosian. We sat down with him recently for a review of his experience.

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Topics: Axia Audio, aoip, Telos Alliance

WABE 2017 Conference Is Medal-Worthy

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Dec 6, 2017 11:50:00 AM

The Telos Alliance has long had a strong relationship with Canadian broadcasters. This was reflected at this year’s conference of the Western Association of Broadcast Engineers (WABE), held recently in Edmonton. WABE represents broadcast engineers across Western Canada, including the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

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Topics: Axia Pathfinder, 25-Seven TVC-15, WABE

TWiRT 373 - Visual Radio Live from WAMU

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

Radio industry experts are talking with each other, sharing ideas about “visual” radio. We’re asking a lot of questions, too. What are we trying to accomplish with video added to radio? Can we engage our audiences better and longer? What strategies seem to be working?  Chris and Kirk attended the Visual Radio Symposium this week, and Al Reynolds of WAMU was there, too.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

The Bisset Brief: Winter Weather Preparedness Revisited

Posted by John Bisset on Nov 29, 2017 12:50:00 PM

Winter weather preparedness is a topic near and dear to our readers’ hearts, with some good suggestions from our initial column on the subject. Ray Gorney is the Assistant Director of Engineering for Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, ID, CSN International, and the Effect Networks. Ray added a very important consideration to that survival backpack we wrote about last issue—prescription medications. For engineers who take prescription or even over-the-counter meds, having a one- or two-day supply in the survival kit is a necessity. It could be dangerous, if not deadly, for some to be without their meds.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, weather preparedness

Cutting Edge Music Deserves Cutting Edge Audio

Posted by Denny Sanders on Nov 29, 2017 12:45:00 PM

On the air for more than 25 years, CISM (broadcasting in French) specializes in cutting edge music and elements of Montreal's creative culture. The transmitting antenna is located on top of Mount Royal and covers about a 50-mile radius which includes Montreal, Laval, the South Shore, and the North Shore with 10,000 watts of power and a potential audience of over 4 million people. Each week, the station broadcasts 70 different programs featuring nearly 100 radio hosts.

Recently we sat discussed the sound of the station with CISM's Gabriel Meunier, and how he achieves just the right sound for music on the cutting edge with OmniaSST.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Audio Processing, omniasst

Barefootin' from A to Z: AoIP to Z/IP ONE

Posted by Dave Sarkies on Nov 29, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Jordan Bitz is Chief Engineer for Barefoot Media Ministries, a small Christian radio group headquartered in Boise, Idaho and operating 89.5 KTSY, the heritage Christian radio station in the Boise market, as well as Project 88.7, a Christian Hip Hop station, 88.1 The Bridge in Twin Falls, and a handful of other stations and translators across Idaho and Oregon. In short, Jordan is a busy engineer managing multiple sites over hundreds of square miles.

Before joining Barefoot 15 months ago, Jordan’s previous experience was as engineer and programmer at stations in North Dakota, where he hadn’t worked much with Audio over IP. While the adjustment to AoIP took some time, once he got the hang of things he’s been amazed by the simplicity and flexibility.

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Topics: Livewire, Telos Z/IP ONE, aoip

TWiRT 372 - Tom Vernon on Smart Speakers

Posted by Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Nov 17, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

“We’re on the verge of a Voice Activated Internet,” says Tom Vernon. Tom’s recent front page Radio World article, “Can Smart Speakers Bring Radio Home?” points to new radio listeners using smart speakers. We may also find voice-activated tasks around broadcast stations, facilitated by Amazon Echo or Google Home devices.

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Topics: Broadcast Engineering, Streaming Audio, audio, audio quality

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