This Week in Radio Tech
TWiRT Ep. 225 – Every Broadcast is a Remote with Bob...09/08/14
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...
TWiRT Ep. 211 – Studio Builds with Robert Combs 5-8-14
From old-school studio wiring and transmitter installation, to new IP-Audio routing and back haul, Robert Combs has seen and heard it all. As a Regional Director of Engineering for Cumulus, Combs is one of a few “go-to” guys when a world-class studio...
TWiRT Ep. 210 – SNMP with Charlie Toner 5-1-14
Since 1992 SNMP has been used to manage IT devices over IP networks, now engineers can manage networked broadcast equipment, too. Charlie Toner is an SNMP expert. He explains how good use of SNMP affords control of your broadcast devices, codecs,...
TWIRT Ep. 209 – Joe Talbot – SIP Tech Update 4-24-14
Quadcopters? We just can’t stop talking about them! So, there’s that. And Joe Talbot joins us from the high desert in Nevada. With more and more broadcasters moving away from POTS and ISDN tech, SIP/VoIP is bringing better-sounding phone calls into...
TWiRT Ep. 208 – Live at NAB 2014 4-10-14
Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack bring some of the best of NAB 2014 live from the NAB Central Exhibit Hall. One after another, engineers and company execs answer questions and share with us what’s hot at this year’s NAB.
TWiRT Ep. 206 – 16 Streams and What Do You Get? 3-27-14
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...
TWiRT Ep. 205 – NPR Labs’ Rich Rarey
Rich 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...
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