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This Week in Radio Tech “TWiRT” Broadcast Engineers – especially Radio engineers – work behind the scenes to bring you most everything we listen to, including web-delivered audio. Broadcast engineer and radio station owner Kirk Harnack brings you “This Week in Radio Tech”. Along with co-hosts Tom Ray, Chris Tobin, and Chris Tarr, TWiRT episodes feature sage audio advice, “There I was…” stories, and instruction from some of the sharpest minds in audio media technology today. TWiRT is smart, informative, and lots of fun for audio, RF, and packet-loving geeks.

This Week in Radio Tech “TWiRT” Broadcast Engineers – especially Radio engineers – work behind the scenes to bring you most everything we listen to, including web-delivered audio. Broadcast engineer and radio station owner Kirk Harnack brings you “This Week in Radio Tech”. Along with co-hosts Tom Ray, Chris Tobin, and Chris Tarr, TWiRT episodes feature sage audio advice, “There I was…” stories, and instruction from some of the sharpest minds in audio media technology today. TWiRT is smart, informative, and lots of fun for audio, RF, and packet-loving geeks.
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This Week in Radio Tech “TWiRT” Broadcast Engineers – especially Radio engineers – work behind the scenes to bring you most everything we listen to, including web-delivered audio. Broadcast engineer and radio station owner Kirk Harnack brings you “This Week in Radio Tech”. Along with co-hosts Tom Ray, Chris Tobin, and Chris Tarr, TWiRT episodes feature sage audio advice, “There I was…” stories, and instruction from some of the sharpest minds in audio media technology today. TWiRT is smart, informative, and lots of fun for audio, RF, and packet-loving geeks.

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Episodes

TWiRT Ep. 408 - Liquid Cooled FM Transmitters with Don Backus

8/17/2018
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The largest radio transmitters were liquid-cooled about seven decades ago. Forced-air cooling has ruled transmitter sites since then. Now, liquid cooling is making a comeback—and for some very good reasons. Don Backus with Rohde & Schwarz is here to show and tell us why.

Duration:01:12:22

TWiRT Ep. 407 - SSL Console Technology with Steve Zaretsky and Dan Griffin

8/11/2018
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For over 4 decades Solid State Logic has been a respected and trusted audio console maker, implementing leading technology to make audio production better. Now with Audio over IP connectivity and the introduction of “console-less consoles”, SSL is taking their latest tech on tour across North America. Steve Zaretsky and Dan Griffin allowed us into their mobile demo truck to talk about AoIP technology and the latest use-cases for network-based mixing consoles.

Duration:01:01:14

TWiRT Ep. 406 - Remote Control Trends with Paul Shulins

8/3/2018
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Broadcast remote control systems are keeping up with new protocols, new equipment to monitor, and new monitoring workflows. IP is a big part of that, but legacy gear is part of the remote control mix, too. Paul Shulins, VP/CTO at Burk Technology joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack to talk about new Monitoring & Control options. Plus, Paul shows off his remote-controlled telescope with amazing composite photos of nebulae.

Duration:01:12:10

TWiRT Ep. 405 - Radio in Canada, eh? with Tyler Everitt

7/27/2018
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What’s the difference between Canadian radio and US radio? Canadian music content? Better-built studios? More cooperation among competitors? Tyler Everitt is one of the new owners of Pippin Technical Service in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. They design, build, and service radio stations from the Yukon to the Maritimes using the best of today’s technology.

Duration:01:12:31

TWiRT Ep. 404 - Two-Mile-High Transmitters in Denver

7/21/2018
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Radio station owners may come and go, but top engineering talent often stays the course. Brad Hart is DoE at the Bonneville cluster of radio stations in Denver. He’s maintained attractive, effective studios and reliable transmitter sites that cover Denver and beyond. John Bisset joins us as well to talk about reliable engineering in the Mile High City.

Duration:01:10:15

TWiRT Ep. 403 - Streaming Tech Today with Rockie Thomas & Sean Lozensky

7/12/2018
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Thousands of radio stations are streaming online, but what’s next? What can broadcasters do to make sure their Internet streams are available and compelling? And, what’s needed from a technical perspective to allow those streams to make money from digital ad placement? Rockie Thomas and Sean Lozensky have 20 years of streaming and digital ad experience, and they’re sharing this advice and knowledge with us on TWiRT.

Duration:01:04:20

TWiRT Ep. 402 - High on a Mountain with Shane Toven

7/5/2018
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Shane Toven joins us from a mountaintop transmitter site in Wyoming - nearly 9,000 feet above sea level! Caring for about 30 transmitter sites across 3 states, Shane has plenty to share with us about high-altitude broadcast engineering and maintenance. Chris Tobin is here as well with comparisons to his big city experience and practices.

Duration:01:08:31

TWiRT Ep. 401 - Ripped from the Headlines

6/28/2018
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More proposed regulations for EAS and WEA procedures… Podcasting is becoming even more prominent as the largest US radio broadcaster demonstrates by recent hiring… The World Broadcasting Union wants protection for C-band satellite antennas… And there’s a free, 2-day seminar for new and returning ABIP inspectors. Oh, and 35 engineers are getting new FM transmitters!

Duration:01:09:11

TWiRT Ep. 400 - War Stories with Chris Wygal

6/23/2018
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Chris Wygal is here for this milestone 400th episode of TWiRT! Chris relates a couple of War Stories, including using what you have to get the job done - even if it’s a machete. Chris Tobin reveals how to get antennas placed at the top of trees. And we all discuss the shortage of broadcast engineers and how to make a career move gracefully.

Duration:01:10:28

TWiRT Ep. 399 - All-Digital Radio with Chuck Kelly

6/16/2018
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Catching up with Chuck Kelly is always a treat! Chuck’s insights into AM and FM radio - both analog and digital - help the rest of us see what’s important and what will be important in the coming months and years. We’re talking about HDRadio, DAB, DAB+, and DRM, as well as when it might be right to turn off analog radio services. Plus, Chuck extols the benefits of the new FT8 digital mode for Amateur Radio operators.

Duration:01:05:17

TWiRT Ep. 398 - What's Next with Gary Kline

6/8/2018
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When you visit a couple dozen radio stations around the world in a month, you get to see what the most forward-thinking broadcasters are up to. Gary Kline is sharing this valuable experience and information with Chris and Kirk, as we look to see what’s next for radio broadcasters and engineers.

Duration:01:15:42

TWiRT Ep. 397 - Remote Broadcast Strategies with Chris Ark

6/1/2018
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"Remote Broadcast Setups and Strategies for the Young Broadcast Engineer" - that's an article authored by Chris Ark. He specializes in planning and executing successful live broadcasts from a variety of venues. Chris shares his advice, tips, and tricks to help us avoid problems and assure high quality audio and execution at live outside broadcasts.

Duration:01:12:59

TWiRT Ep. 396 - Hamvention & Summer Site Advice with Charlie Wooten

5/26/2018
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The Most Interesting Ham in Broadcast Engineering, Charlie Wooten, is our guest. He’s just back from the Dayton Hamvention with a report on Contesting, thoughts on DXing, and broadcast transmitter site wisdom - especially for the hot summer months ahead.

Duration:01:07:11

TWiRT Ep. 395 - Remote Monitoring and Broadcasting with Josh Bohn

5/18/2018
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Josh Bohn heads up a growing broadcast contract engineering firm. Many stations need better, reliable, IP-connect remote control for transmitter sites and other remote systems. Plus, with remote broadcasts depending on wireless IP connections, Josh has worked out a system that practically guarantees broadcast-quality IP connections from almost anywhere.

Duration:01:14:03

TWiRT Ep. 394 - Barry Thomas on AoIP Mistakes

5/11/2018
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What mistakes can you make when building or expanding your Audio over IP network? Barry Thomas has installed and maintained several different AoIP networks and knows more than one way to mess it up. The good news he’s sharing with us the right ways to ensure reliability and great performance from today’s broadcast infrastructure systems. Chris Tobin has his own experiences, too, and shares his insights.

Duration:01:12:45

TWiRT Ep. 393 - World Wide Radio Summit from Hollywood

5/4/2018
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Radio Program Directors, Music Directors, on-air Talent, and more are convening in Hollywood at the World Wide Radio Summit. Speakers and panels are sharing new research and honing legacy ideas over three days. Scott Shannon, Joel Denver, Mike McVay, Steve Goldstein, Fred Jacobs, Darren Davis, and Ben Cooper are among the gifted presenters. This conference offers a chance for Radio Programmers to meet with equipment manufacturers and software suite companies. We’re talking with several...

Duration:01:08:02

TWiRT Ep. 392 - Choosing the Right Mic with Michelle Levitt

4/27/2018
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Whether the medium is radio, TV, studio recording, live sound, or amateur radio, nearly all audio is captured with a microphone. But which mic is appropriate for any given sound capture situation? Michelle Levitt of Heil Sound is here to highlight different mic technologies, and explain some characteristics to observe when choosing right mic for the job.

Duration:01:09:24

TWiRT Ep. 391 – Building a New FM Station in Hawai’i

4/21/2018
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Hawai’i’s newest FM station has 40 owners, and isn’t on the air yet. The call sign is KHKU-FM and we’re in Lihu’e on the island of Kaua’i building the studio now. We’re talking with co-owners Joey Cummings, Larry Fuss, Mark Jensen, and Fletcher Ford as we put together the studio and rack room.

Duration:00:53:49

TWiRT Ep. 390 – Live from NAB 2018

4/16/2018
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Live from NAB 2018! Some of the hot topics at NAB this year: A microphone war story with Michelle Levitt, Frank Foti with the Chairman’s view, Will Mashione on efficient Local radio, Alex Hartman talking about the future of touchscreens, and a wireless broadband alternative with John Bohn.

Duration:01:13:17

TWiRT Ep. 389 – Public Radio Engineers at NAB

4/8/2018
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The Association of Public Radio Engineers hold their conference each year, just before the big NAB Show in Las Vegas. It’s called the Public Radio Engineering Conference (PREC). The PREC is a terrific opportunity for engineers to learn the latest tech, brush up on fundamentals, and get some hands-on experience during the Night Owl session.

Duration:01:01:10