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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. 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

TWiRT Ep. 388 – Open Broadcaster with Rob Hopkins

3/23/2018
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Low-budget and community broadcasters are using free, open-source software to run many aspects of their broadcast operations. Take a listen to CJUC-FM, for example. Using local PCs or cloud-based operations, community stations can air quality programming, with either local or remote hosts. They can also fulfill both the letter and spirit of emergency broadcast requirements. Audio and video streaming are important aspects as well. Rob Hopkins, founder of Open Broadcaster, joins Chris and...

Duration:00:55:57

TWiRT Ep. 387 – Studio & Show Lighting with Brett Gilbert

3/16/2018
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More of us radio engineers are being called upon to provide adequate lighting for new venues. Many stations are building live performance studios. Others are putting cameras in the control rooms. Whether it’s for a live audience or a video camera, talent needs good lighting to be seen - in a good light. Brett Gilbert with iHeartMedia in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been lighting up stages since high school. He shares a couple decades of hands-on knowledge with Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack.

Duration:01:10:56

TWiRT Ep. 386 – Pirates and Snowcats with Nick Straka

3/9/2018
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Ahoy, matey! Thar be pesky pirates in New York, Boston, and Philly! Nick Straka is a contract and consulting engineer in the New York City area. He builds and maintains licensed FM transmitter sites, plus he tracks down the pirate broadcasters who interfere with them.

Duration:01:10:55

TWiRT Ep. 385 – Live from the NRB in Nashville

3/4/2018
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You’d think the National Religious Broadcasters convention would be lacking engineers in attendance. Well, I thought that - and I was wrong. They’re here! Lots of ‘em! We’re live from the expo hall at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, meeting and talking with broadcast engineers and engineering reps.

Duration:01:08:55

TWiRT Ep. 383 – Single Frequency Networks with Hal Kneller

2/18/2018
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Single Frequency Networks, or SFNs: European FM broadcasters have been using them for decades. Now, US and other broadcasters around the world are extending coverage and filling in coverage holes using synchronized FM transmitters. Hal Kneller consults SFN projects and discussed the technology and techniques.

Duration:01:05:53