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Remote Access with Cris Alexander

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Sep 22, 2014 1:32:00 PM

Fewer engineers, responsible for more facilities - that gives rise to Remote Access to everything. Cris Alexander, Director of Engineering at Crawford Broadcasting, schools us about remote access, remote monitoring, and even making repairs and adjustments remotely. Plus David Bialik joins us for a look at the AES Expo in Los Angeles starting October 9th.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

Yea Engineering with Rob Chickering

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Aug 8, 2014 3:14:00 PM

What’s an engineer to do when the talent loves technology as much as he does?  Roll with it and have fun! Rob Chickering is the VP of Operations and Engineering for Yea Networks - the house that Kidd Kraddick built. Rob joins us to show off his fantastic radio studios in Dallas, and talk about how engineers can be just as creative as major-league talent.

Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack talk with Rob on this episode of TWiRT.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

War Stories with Mark Jensen

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Jul 22, 2014 9:42:52 AM

OK, it’s “War Stories Lite”.  Mark Jensen is well-known among podcasters as the go-to guy for solid reviews of equipment for home and small studios.  His web site,, is a resource for studio-makers and other gear-heads seeking a professional’s take on items from microphones to mixers. Mark shares his wisdom and years of experience with Chris Tobin and me on this episode.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

Sixteen Streams and What do You Get?

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 31, 2014 10:09:00 AM

Doug Rowe is an engineer at Minnesota Public Radio. His title is one that we’ll see more often: Media Production Systems Manager. As radio stations, groups, and networks depend on digital media distribution, more engineers like Doug are needed; not only to keep everything working, but to develop the infrastructure for the workflows needed by talent and content creators.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

NPR Labs' Rich Rarey

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 24, 2014 10:41:00 AM

TWiRT 205Rich Rarey’s name is synonymous with audio engineering at NPR, and has been for over 30 years. Now, Rich is the Director of NPR Labs, the USA’s only not-for-profit broadcast technology research and development center.

Rich joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack with broadcast engineering tales from the past, and fascinating looks at an award-winning NPR Labs project in progress now.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

Dave Supplee on Radio Studio Wisdom

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 10, 2014 9:58:00 AM

TWiRT 203Dave Supplee is the market engineer for the Cumulus radio stations in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He’s also a key go-to guy when new studios need to be built or refurbished. From studio design to wiring techniques, Dave shares his years of studio-building wisdom, plus transmitter site advice on this episode of This Week in Radio Tech.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

Radio Engineering Hacks

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Mar 5, 2014 1:51:00 PM

TWiRT 202hack  n.  An inelegant but effective solution to a problem.

Often there’s more than one way to solve an engineering problem. There is usually the normal approach, and then there are one or more “hacks”. Some hacks are elegant and others – not so much.

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Topics: Radio Engineering

xNodes for AoIP: What You Don’t Know Could Thrill You

By Clark Novak on Feb 20, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Axia xNodeYes, I get a little bit overexcited when I start talking about xNodes, Axia Audio's 3rd-generation networked audio interfaces. I’ve been accused of over caffeinating (which might be true) but really, if you knew what I know about xNodes, you’d be excited too.

C’mon, let’s go for a peek behind the curtain…

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Topics: Axia Audio, Radio Engineering

Set up Axia GPIO connections for AC and DC

By Clark Novak on Feb 12, 2014 2:07:00 PM

Laura GutknechtLaura Gutknecht, Technical Director at WSUM Radio at the University of Wisconsin, recently submitted a tip on setting up GPIO connections to work with AC and DC in a way that isolates the GPIO gear from harm.

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Topics: Axia Audio, Radio Technology, Radio Engineering

Radio War Stories from Sochi

By Kirk Harnack [TWiRT] on Feb 7, 2014 9:35:00 AM

In the midst of the endless media blitz covering the 2014 Winter Olympics, Westwood One’s VP-Engineering, Mitch Glider, joined us in real time from Sochi, Russia. Mitch and his colleagues have assembled a long-form studio plus several reporters’ workstations.

Now the hard prep work pays off and engineering vigilance begins as hours and hours of Olympic radio coverage is fed back to New York for affiliate distribution. Mitch takes us through the studio build and the technologies employed to bring live commentary and reports from across the Olympic venues and ship the final products back home.

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Topics: Radio Engineering


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