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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. 422 - Today's Streaming Tech with Sam Sousa

12/8/2018
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Making money from Internet streaming has a key prerequisite: Getting the tech right! These days, broadcasters’ streaming audio can encompass a lot more that just encoding the Program feed. With proper metadata signalling a broadcaster can insert targeted ads - just what advertisers are looking for. Sam Sousa is the Senior Solutions Consultant at Triton Digital and joins us to explain what makes this targeting possible.

Duration:01:06:22

TWiRT Ep. 421 - Cool, Clean, & Well Grounded with Jeff Welton

11/30/2018
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Many broadcast engineers received training at the Cleveland Institute of Electronics - and many people still do - but the radio engineers we know mostly learned by reading and by doing. Jeff Welton has been part of engineers’ specialized education for years now. He shares insights on learning and specifics about keeping broadcast transmitters happy.

Duration:01:08:30

TWiRT Ep. 420 - Hurricane Recovery with Charles Wooten

11/16/2018
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What does an award-winning broadcast engineer do with a hurricane? Whatever it takes. Charlie Wooten is Director of Engineering and IT at iHeartMedia in Panama City, Florida. He plans ahead to keep iHeart’s AM and FM transmitters and studios on-air. But, a hurricane is difficult to plan for. Charlie joins us with photos and stories from Hurricane Michael’s devastation to broadcast facilities and infrastructure in Florida.

Duration:01:15:47

TWiRT Ep. 419 - Angry Audio with Mike Dosch

11/9/2018
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You can always make something better than it was before - and that’s what Mike Dosch is doing with “Gadgets” and “Gizmos” from Angry Audio. By re-thinking the analog audio and logic devices we’ve known for years, he’s developed new, useful gadgets that perform better than any older ones. And, new gadgets can bring broadcast-style functionality to pro-sumer audio mixers. Plus we talk about Audio over IP and where that’s headed.

Duration:01:11:34

TWiRT Ep. 418 - Radio Travelogue with Mark Humphrey

11/2/2018
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Wherever you travel there’s probably a radio station nearby. Mark Humphrey took some vacation time to travel out west, stopping on the way to visit a radio museum and radio and TV stations. Plus we talk about how FM translators are providing what’s essentially “Primary” service to one rural Pennsylvania valley.

Duration:01:08:01

TWiRT Ep. 417 - Match Game TWiRT from New York

10/19/2018
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The Giz Wiz, Dick DeBartolo, joins us for TWiRT, on location in New York City! We check out some audio gadgets, talk about the AES and NAB conventions, and play a few rounds of Match Game. Andrew Zarian joins us, too!

Duration:01:04:19

TWiRT Ep. 416 - Great Sound Matters Most

10/12/2018
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What are today’s trends in FM audio processing? Is it cleaner? Less smashed? More thoughtful? Paul Kriegler, former Program Director and now Omnia’s factory rep for the US, joins us for an update on FM and streaming audio processing. Plus we delve into AES192, and how it can make a positive difference for FM signals.

Duration:01:07:12

TWiRT Ep. 415 - Wrap It Up and Get Started

10/7/2018
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Chris Tobin reviews some of the best broadcast engineering info from the Central Canada Broadcast Engineers conference (CCBE). Plus, winners from the SBE 2018 Annual Membership Meeting, and RF spectrum repacking - lots of transmitter site work to make way for about 50 MHz of new mobile carrier spectrum.

Duration:01:10:16

TWiRT Ep. 414 - AES67 from CCBE with Anthony Kuzub

9/28/2018
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Anthony Kuzub is a solid proponent of AES67 for Audio over IP. As IP Audio Product Manager at Ward-Beck Systems, he’s helping bring networked audio products to market, and showing engineers how to use them to make better audio in broadcast facilities. Anthony joins Chris Tobin at the Central Canada Broadcast Engineers Conference this week.

Duration:01:06:16

TWiRT Ep. 413 - Radio Caroline with Rob Ashard

9/21/2018
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Perhaps the best-known pirate radio station anywhere - Radio Caroline - is legendary! For many years the Ross Revenge, an Icelandic fishing trawler, has been home to Radio Caroline’s studios and transmitters, and the transmitting mast, too. Rob Ashard and Nick Jackson join us live from the Ross Revenge, anchored off the English Coast on this episode of TWiRT.

Duration:01:02:00

TWiRT Ep. 412 - Looking Glass with Alex Hartman

9/15/2018
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Software Defined Radio (SDR) has been available for a decade or more now - even at the consumer level. Now, building on MPXTool FM signal analysis software by Leif Claesson, Alex Hartman has combined the latest affordable SDR hardware with a new MPXTool and made an amazing remote-access FM signal monitor. It can even capture and archive the entire FM band in a given radio market.

Duration:01:11:28

TWiRT Ep. 411 - RF Exposure with Stacey Moore

9/7/2018
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Safety training and certification is vital for tower workers these days. We’re discussing the RF Exposure to Humans factors that figure into overall tower worker safety. Joining us is Stacey Moore with LBA Group. We’re looking at Personal RF Exposure Monitors, physiological impacts of RF exposure, safety procedures at multi-tenant sites, and talking about exposure to the general public. Chris Tobin is here, too, for his perspective on these issues and topics.

Duration:01:03:05

TWiRT Ep. 410 - Equity in Audio, and AES 2018

8/31/2018
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The Audio Engineering Society brings together a huge variety of people from every corner. There are nearly as many job descriptions as there are thousands of members. Diversity is palpable and AES member, Jill Courtney, is looking to clear remaining roadblocks for women and minorities thinking about careers in Audio and other STEM fields. Plus, David Bialik is here to update us on the array of AES sessions - so many in the Broadcast and Online Delivery track alone.

Duration:01:10:08

TWiRT Ep. 409 - Circle the C-Band Wagons with Mark Johnson

8/25/2018
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Outnumbered and out-financed, broadcasters face a real threat to reliable TV & Radio satellite reception.The C-Band satellite spectrum that Radio and TV broadcasters depend on looks mighty good to some of the biggest companies in the world - mobile data carriers. Mark Johnson, Founder of LiNKUP Communications has the latest and positive steps to head this off.

Duration:01:13:05

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