This Week in Radio Tech
TWiRT Ep. 232 – Open Source Automation with Fred Gleason...10/24/14
Is free, open-source software a viable option for running your radio station? Fred Gleason, co-founder of Paravel Systems says it’s worth consideration. His Rivendell radio automation software is open-source, widely deployed, fully professional - and...
TWiRT Ep. 231 – Digital Transmission Primer with Ward Silver 10-16-14
I’ve often said, “This here digital’s the coming thing.” We all know it’s here now, and here to stay. Perhaps we’d be well-served to understand some techniques for transmitting digital information over radio frequencies (RF). Ward Silver, N0AX, is...
TWiRT Ep. 230 – War Stories with Eric Adler 10-9-14
Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack have been broadcast engineers for, well, a few decades. This week we were both encouraged by our conversations with Eric Adler, who is quickly learning the profession in his role as a Broadcast Engineer at WSKG Public...
TWiRT Ep. 229 – C.Crane Radios with Bob Crane 10-2-14
Anyone listening to late night talk radio has probably heard of the C. Crane Company and their high-quality consumer radios. As engineers we tend to worry about the studio and transmission end of radio broadcasting. Bob Crane, founder of C. Crane,...
TWiRT Ep. 228 – Digital AM with Ted Schober 9-25-14
Is there any hope for the AM radio band? A few major-market AM stations still enjoy success, but AM radio is suffering most everywhere else. Professional Engineer, Ted Schober, says there are solutions to help AM stations, including smaller antennas...
TWiRT Ep. 226 – Getting Started in Market #1 with David Antoine 9-11-14
Some engineers get their careers started in smaller markets, then move up to a major market. David Antoine was born and raised in US market number 1 - New York City - so that’s where he started! David’s story is both interesting and inspiring, so...
TWiRT Ep. 225 – Every Broadcast is a Remote with Bob Page 9-4-14
Meet Bob Page, the studio manager with two studios and no transmitter. With a revolving door for the on-air talent. And for whom every single broadcast shift is a “remote.” Bob manages the Radio Broadcast Center at Universal Studios, Florida. He and...
TWiRT Ep. 224 – Mickey Mouse Radio with Scott Fybush 8-14-14
What does it mean for radio - particularly AM radio - when Radio Disney announces the shutdown and sale of 23 of its 24 AM stations? Scott Fybush is our guest. He and Chris Tobin add perspective to this week’s headlines about Disney’s announced exit...
TWiRT Ep. 223 – Yea Engineering with Rob Chickering 8-7-14
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...
TWiRT Ep. 222 – Roots Radio with John Stephens 7-31-14
John Stephens describes himself as a Serial Entrepreneur. After 35 years working in all forms of the media John finally got around to his lifelong dream of building and operating a radio station. John's station is an "Internet Pure-play" meaning...
TWiRT Ep. 221 – Engineering for Non-Engineers with Skip Pizzi 7-24-14
For most of us engineers, our jobs would be easier if our colleagues understood a bit more about broadcast engineering. Skip Pizzi has finished updating the fourth edition of “A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers”. He joins us for a...
TWiRT Ep. 220 – War Stories with Mark Jensen 7-17-14
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, NewMediaGear.com, is a resource for studio-makers and other gear-heads seeking a...
TWiRT Ep. 219 – Alaskan Engineering with Rich Parker 7-3-14
What’s it like to maintain broadcast stations in Alaska’s rough geography? Richard Parker joins Chris Tobin to talk about adjusting to life in Alaska after 17 years in Vermont. As Director of Engineering for CoastAlaska, Richard says he stands on the...
TWiRT Ep. 218 – IP Radios and SIP with Bob Newberry 6-26-14
Bob Newberry at Clear Channel in Birmingham, Alabama, oversees engineering at 11 radio stations plus 4 HD signals. Pushing the technology envelope means using new IP-radio technologies along with IP telephone systems - and both areas give Bob more...
TWiRT Ep. 217 – The EKKO Stamp Fad with Philip Mulivor 6-19-14
Nearly 100 years ago radio stations were so new the owners didn’t know who was listening or where. Without the Internet or even many telephones gathering listener reports was spotty. Then the EKKO company hit on a stroke of genius: Radio EKKO Stamps...
TWiRT Ep. 216 – Cumulus NASH Tour with Zach Harper 6-12-14
Nationwide daily drive time radio shows, plus a huge weekly countdown show are all emanating from a remodeled studio building in Nashville. It’s the Cumulus NASH studios, home to American Country Countdown, America’s Morning Show, and Nash Nights....
TWiRT Ep. 215 – Virtual Radio Console with Mike Dosch 6-5-14
Touchscreen technology is mainstream - from iPads to cash registers. They’ve been an add-on or secondary console controller in radio studios for a couple years now. At the Spring NAB in Las Vegas, console maker Lawo introduced a new radio console...
TWiRT Ep. 214 – Audio Loudness Measurement with John Kean 5-29-14
Easy-to-understand and meaningful audio loudness measurement has proven elusive over the history of recorded and transmitted audio. John Kean, Senior Technologist at NPR Labs, has been researching the problem and finding solutions. John joins Chris...
TWiRT Ep. 213 – A Hot Mess of Nothin’ with Vinny Lopez 5-22-14
Vinny Lopez takes us on a dive into the waters of PC-based television production. Radio stations and syndicated radio shows are getting in producing TV along with their radio content. Vinny, Chris Tarr, and Andrew Zarian join me for a look at what’s...
TWiRT Ep. 212 – Get the Internet You Deserve 5-15-14
Do you know your D-SLAM from your DOCSIS? ISP and Network Engineer, Bob Holowenko, explains some little-known but common-sense ways to get the best Internet and WAN service from your ISP choices. Plus Telephony Guru, Joe Talbot, joins us discussing...
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