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Top 5 Telos Alliance Blogs of 2018

By Dave Sarkies on Jan 2, 2019 12:50:00 PM

With the holiday season behind us, we welcome 2019 and look forward to big things in the coming year. But before we jump ahead, it's a good opportunity to look back at the exciting developments and big stories of the past year. Here's a look the blogs you engaged with the most in 2018.

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Topics: Telos Alliance

TWiRT 424 - Know the Past to Grow Today with James Copeland

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 21, 2018 3:51:00 PM

Who knows what experiences and technologies will greet today’s younger broadcast engineers? James Copeland has a fresh university degree, and is creatively engineering at KSDB-FM at Kansas State University. Brought up on Amateur Radio, James is making his engineering future unfold while cherishing older broadcast technologies.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 423 - Talk Radio Talent & Tech with Walter Sabo

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 14, 2018 3:41:00 PM

Walter Sabo knows talk radio. He’s been consulting some of the most successful talk shows and talk networks for decades. Now Walter joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for an enlightening conversation about what’s wrong with today’s talk radio, and how engineers can play a key role in bringing listeners, success, and ratings to great radio programming.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

TWiRT 422 - Today's Streaming Tech with Sam Sousa

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Dec 10, 2018 3:32:00 PM

Making money from Internet streaming has a key prerequisite: Getting the tech right! These days, broadcasters’ streaming audio can encompass a lot more than just encoding the Program feed. With proper metadata signaling a broadcaster can insert targeted ads - just what advertisers are looking for. Sam Sousa is the Senior Solutions Consultant at Triton Digital and joins us to explain what makes this targeting possible.

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Topics: audio, Broadcast Engineering

Axia iQ Console Shows Its Spirit

By Dave Sarkies on Dec 6, 2018 10:19:35 AM

Having founded Camdenton, Missouri Contemporary Christian station Spirit FM in 1985 and building it from the ground up over the last 30-odd years, President and General Manager Jim McDermott has an acute interest in ensuring the station keeps current with the latest broadcast technology. At the same time, equipment that’s intuitive and easy to use is also a concern. 

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Topics: Axia iQ, broadcast audio console

Omnia VOLT Hits the Airwaves in Scranton

By Denny Sanders on Nov 21, 2018 12:30:00 PM

By now you've surely heard about VOLT, the new processor from Omnia Audio that shares lineage with the Omnia.11, features Omnia founder Frank Foti's latest clipper, and includes a plethora of features to help your station get amazing sound, all with a slick new one rack unit box. So what do broadcasters have to say about this impressive new processing package? Since becoming one of the first to take VOLT to the airwaves, Entercom Scranton Chief Engineer Ted Alexander, Jr. gave us his personal review.

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Topics: Omnia Audio, Broadcast, Audio Processing

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

Is Television Loudness Still an Issue? pt.II

By Jayson Tomlin on Nov 16, 2018 1:36:54 PM

In Part 1 of our series, we examined the impact of the CALM Act, addressed some lingering loudness issues, and reinforced the continued relevance of real-time processing. This time, in Part 2, we’ll take a closer look at the challenges content creators and broadcasters face when managing loudness in a file-based workflow. Are there different requirements? Are all loudness control techniques created equal?

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Topics: TV Loudness Management, TV Solutions Group

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

Time Spent Listening - Getting the Most TSL from Smart Speaker Listeners

By Kirk Harnack on Nov 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Terrestrial radio is facing a real challenge: Listeners are besieged with ever-increasing audio entertainment options. The bedside clock radio is fading fast. The kitchen radio has been replaced by a tablet or a TV. In fact, the percentage of households with no radio at all has zoomed from 4 percent to 29 percent in 10 years, according to Ryan Higbie, writing for xapp media. He continues, “The rise in homes with multiple televisions and the popularity of streaming services have materially impact radio listening in the home.”

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Topics: smart speakers

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