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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. 467 - Texar Audio Prism Prototype - with Brian Kerkan

11/8/2019
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We’re on-site at WPOZ in Orlando, Florida, where we found a prototype of the famous Texar Audio Prism. Audio processing expert, Brian Kerkan, joins us to show off some old analog audio processors, including the CBS Audimax and Volumax. Then we turn to one of 16 Texar prototypes. We finish with a discussion of interfacing AES192 FM multiplex info a switcher and IP-STL system.

Duration:01:10:01

TWiRT Ep. 466 - Workbench Advice with John Bisset

10/31/2019
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Every two weeks, John Bisset brings practical engineering advice in his “Workbench” column in Radio World magazine and Radio World online. This week, John brings us the best and most timely of his tips and techniques for effective broadcast engineering. While taking in John’s advice, be thinking of time- and trouble-saving practices that you use in your own engineering work. Submit your ideas to johnpbisset@gmail.com, and you could see yours in print and online.

Duration:01:11:10

TWiRT Ep. 465 - Hacking LTE for Broadcast Remotes with Chris Tobin

10/25/2019
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And by “hacking” we mean “using to the best effect, even in non-traditional ways.” Chris Tobin has engineered hundreds of live broadcasts, outside of traditional studios. As 4G LTE mobile data services have matured, Chris and other engineers are working to guarantee reliable wireless data by understanding the options. Full signal bars doesn’t mean ideal bandwidth; and knowing where the best LTE access points are can result in more reliable service.

Duration:01:08:46

TWiRT Ep. 464 - Live from the Broadcasters Clinic 2019 in Madison, WI

10/16/2019
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After a whole day of broadcast engineering learning, we’re live from Day 1 of the Broadcasters Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin. Engineers from 29 states are traveling to be here for radio and TV engineering sessions. Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack talk with Mark Persons, Chuck Kelly, Bill Gould, Linda Baun, Michelle Vetterkind, Cathy Orosz, David Layer, John Poray, and Wayne Pecena.

Duration:00:59:53

TWiRT Ep. 463 - Quality, Timely Innovation with Michael Goodman

10/11/2019
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Ready to discover the intelligence behind some new, high-quality audio product designs? Michael Goodman, Founder and CEO of CEntrance, designed audio products at Shure, and consults with audio manufacturers around the world. Now his company is taking it passion for transparent audio and rugged designs to make compact pro audio devices for broadcasters and podcasters.

Duration:01:00:40

TWiRT Ep. 462 - Those Beautiful Blue Boxes with Hank Landsberg

10/4/2019
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For almost 40 years broadcast engineers have been using those blue boxes from Henry Engineering. One engineer says, “Henry Engineering boxes solve acute problems at a reasonable price.” Hank "Henry" Landsberg joins us on TWiRT.! His stories will bring a smile to your face and understanding of the inspirations for those useful "Henry" boxes.

Duration:01:05:25

TWiRT Ep. 461 - NAB Radio Show 2019 from Dallas

9/28/2019
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The NAB Radio Show started with Tech Tuesday, a day-long event for radio engineers. We’re wrapping up the exhibit hall with special guests Brittany Hilton, Paul Kriegler, Daniel Hyatt, Tommy the Hacker, Dave Kolesar, Russ Mundshenck, Greg Dahl, John Lackness, Jeff Williams, and Chris Tobin in New York!

Duration:01:00:58

TWiRT Ep. 460 - The HEBA - AM's Real Estate Relief - with Grady Moates

9/20/2019
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Grady Moates is a “hands-on” broadcast engineer. Known widely for his audio processing expertise, Grady’s attention has more recently been on proving the performance of a novel antenna design. The High Efficiency Broadband Antenna (HEBA) - after years of additional research and real-world testing and proving - is now FCC approved. Grady explains how a HEBA help AM stations, especially those with real-estate opportunities.

Duration:01:00:34

TWiRT Ep. 459 - He's a Stand Up Guy with Scott Fybush

9/7/2019
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Some people in Radio wear a few hats; that’s been part of the business since its beginnings almost 100 years ago. Meet one radio guy who’s on the air in Rochester, NY, publishes a beautiful tower calendar annually, runs an informational subscription website, interviews broadcaster engineers and talent, brokers broadcast properties between buyers and sellers, produces his own broadcasting podcast, and keeps up with FCC Rules to help us navigate the regulatory landscape? Oh, and he’s...

Duration:01:11:21

TWiRT Ep. 458 - The Temple of 5 Nines with Tracy Teagarden

8/29/2019
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Most of us enjoy air-conditioned casinos or convention halls, or perhaps sunny swimming pools and golf courses. But the like of broadcast engineer, Tracy Teagarden, is often starkly different. As the Chief Engineer for Entercom in Las Vegas, Tracy recently found himself working in dangerous heat for several hours, with only the supplies he brought. On the other side of town he’s been building a mutli-station AM & FM transmitter site with high-reliability built right in; perhaps good enough...

Duration:01:04:38

TWiRT Ep. 457 - Positive Engineering with Brian Kerkan and Jim Hoge

8/23/2019
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Remember the Texar Audio Prism? Did you know that Glen Clark had some partners in the development and rollout of the Prism? Jim Hoge worked with Glen on the Texar Audio Prism. Jim also founded WPOZ-FM, often the #1 station in Orlando. Brian Kerkan is another talented engineer, also known for excellent audio processing and and professional approach. Brian and Jim join us on TWiRT to talk about breakthroughs in older technology, and today’s new operating paradigms as we move toward sensible...

Duration:00:53:01

TWiRT Ep. 456 - Where We're Going We Don't Need a Tower, with Mark Voris and Jeff Heins

8/16/2019
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Driving to meet Jeff Heins at MyBridge Radio Network, I couldn’t believe it; the building at the studio address had no STL tower, but another building just ½ block farther had a big STL tower, full of antennas. Despite feeding seven full-power FM transmitters and ten FM translators, MyBridge Radio uses no traditional STL microwave links. Every audio link, whether contribution, distribution, or in-house mixing and routing, is entire in the AoIP domain. (The other building with the...

Duration:00:59:18

TWiRT Ep. 455 - Don't Be That Curmudgeon with Shane Toven

8/8/2019
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Traveling to mountaintop transmitter sites allows for some "road thinking". Shane Toven is analyzing listeners' habits and loyalties, and joins us with thoughts and advice about OTA transmission and streaming to smart speakers. Plus, Chris and Shane discuss the engineer’s role in broadcasters’ efforts to make their content easily findable on digital platforms. And, what can go wrong at transmitter sites that may only get one engineering visit each year.

Duration:01:06:48

TWiRT Ep. 454 - Audio Processing from Z100 to Now with Frank Foti

8/1/2019
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From Scott Shannon and Z100, New York, to the most critical recording and audio in popular music, Frank Foti is relentless in pursuit of clean audio that stands above the crowd. Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack welcome Frank in discussing the audio processing that helped Z100 go from “worst to first” and has lifted thousands of radio stations to commanding positions on the radio dial.

Duration:01:00:20

TWiRT Ep. 453 - Studio Mic Design with John Peluso

7/25/2019
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Can fine studio mics, designed decades ago, be improved? John Peluso says, “Yes!!” John owns Peluso Microphone Lab. He and his family build world-class microphones, designed to equal or better the performance of classic recording studio mics. They’ve also developed new mic designs for special purposes. John Peluso and Chris Newitt join us on TWiRT!

Duration:01:09:37

TWiRT Ep. 452 - Engineering Entrepreneurship with Bill Suffa

7/19/2019
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Bill Suffa has been a part of some top-shelf engineering consulting firms, and served as a business consultant to several household names in broadcasting. Now Bill is consulting in a variety of business sectors. At the same time he’s encouraging engineers of different disciplines to go into their own businesses. It’s an interesting perspective from this Professional Engineer with an MBA.

Duration:01:04:19

TWiRT Ep. 451 - Was StudioHub the de Facto Standard? with Mike Dosch

7/12/2019
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Some radio engineers were shocked this week when told they couldn’t buy StudioHub® adapters any more. Many - if not most - new radio studios depend on adapting RJ-45 jacks to XLR, ¼” TRS, or even RCA connectors. Will engineers everywhere need to take up soldering once again? Mike Dosch’s Angry Audio company is poised to prevent such a catastrophe.

Duration:01:10:18

TWiRT Ep. 450 - AoIP 15 Years Later with Jorge Garza

6/27/2019
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Audio over IP is commonplace now, but fifteen years ago it was barely known in broadcasting. Jorge Garza is the Director of Technology at Univision Radio in McAllen, Texas. In 2004 Jorge took a look at Axia’s Livewire AoIP and said, “That’s what we’re going to do.” Now, 15 years later, Jorge is glad he made the first step into AoIP, and most of Univision’s other radio stations have done the same.

Duration:01:06:22

TWiRT Ep. 449 - Watermarking Strategy with Paul Kriegler & Dr. Barry Blesser

6/21/2019
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Radio broadcasters in so-called “PPM Markets” are faced with managing two signals for each station. One is the audio program that listeners hear; the other is the watermark signal heard by Personal People Meters (PPM)™. Broadcasters concerned with counting their listeners (all of them in a PPM market) must treat their watermark signal with similar care to their on-air audio. In this episode, Dr. Barry Blesser explains the science of audio watermarking. Then Paul Kriegler describes the Best...

Duration:01:16:11

TWiRT Ep. 448 - Climbing at 4? - with Mark Persons

6/18/2019
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Some broadcast engineers stumble into the profession. Mark Persons’ engineering career seemed like destiny from an early age. While Mark was recently awarded the SBE Engineer of the Year, his early childhood set him on this path. From climbing to the ceiling at 4 years old, to teaching electronics in the Army, to repairing helicopter avionics in Viet Nam, to building a stellar reputation for quality radio engineering work and custom products, Mark Persons’ advice is worth hearing and using.

Duration:01:07:55