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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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CA

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

TWiRT Ep. 480 - They See Me Pathfindin'

2/14/2020
What would you do if a dozen of your engineering colleagues from other markets showed up and installed all new studio and rack room equipment, leaving you to figure it out? Ed Noyes, a Regional DoE for Cumulus, quickly befriended Pathfinder and discovered real-time monitoring and control of his new AoIP system. Ed joins us to share the wonder and utility of watching over and controlling an active, multi-studio broadcast center with Pathfinder.

Duration:01:10:17

TWiRT Ep. 479 - Schwank aus dem Radioleben

2/7/2020
We bring German broadcast engineering to you in “Schwank aus dem Radioleben” or “Tales of My Radio Life”. Longtime friend and colleague, Peter Passian compares German and U.S. radio studios from the 1980s while AoIP expert, Ludwig Kugler joins to discuss today’s radio studios in Bavaria. And Mary Ann Seidler recalls a harrowing experience, installing an FM audio processor in Mumbai, India, in a tall building that was still under construction!

Duration:01:04:18

TWiRT Ep. 478 - Best Practices for AM Directional Systems with Mark Persons

1/30/2020
Are you responsible for an AM Directional Antenna? Want to know about adjustment and troubleshooting? Award-winning broadcast engineer, Mark Persons, has built AM Directional systems from scratch and has seen a thing or two. Mark shares some thoughts on effective desk design and what those Minnesotans do for sporting fun when it gets really cold!

Duration:01:08:52

TWiRT Ep. 477 - Artists in the Application of Science with Ed Bukont

1/24/2020
Ed Bukont knows a few things because he’s seen a few things. Designing and building broadcast studios never grows old for Ed, because no two studios are ever exactly the same. Ed asks, “What are you trying to do here?” - a question that’s far more important than “What do you want?” Ed shares some of the successful strategies he’s learned in dealing with individuals and with large bureaucracies while integrating useful technology into audio studios.

Duration:01:04:43

TWiRT Ep. 476 - HD Radio Spacing & Alexa with Aaron Read

1/17/2020
Opinions, opinions! And Aaron Read has some good ones! Aaron is the IT & Engineering Director at Rhode Island Public Radio, and joins us for a lively discussion of HD Radio transmission power and asymmetry and getting your station on smart speakers when a worldwide audience creates ambiguity.

Duration:01:03:27

TWiRT Ep. 475 - Intercom over IP with Martin Dyster

1/10/2020
Seems there’s almost nothing we can’t accomplish over Internet Protocol (IP) these days - at least in terms of information, control, and media. Broadcasters and event producers are benefitting by moving their Intercom systems to IP - a technology we’re calling “IoIP” for “Intercom over IP”. Martin Dyster has over 30 years working with “comms” systems in television, radio, theatre, and sporting events. He’s here to educate us about legacy intercom technology, and explain how “matrix-free”...

Duration:01:16:15

TWiRT Ep. 474 - Broadcasting's All-Digital Future with Sam Matheny

1/3/2020
Theodore Hook said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” If it seems that technology and innovation are impacting our lives at an ever increasing pace, you’re right. Broadcasters, perhaps more than any other industry, must move with technological changes - even if that means defining them. Our guest has been and certainly is now at the forefront of broadcasting technology. Sam Matheny is CTO and Executive Vice President at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)....

Duration:01:09:22

TWiRT Ep. 473 - Better Studios Through Planning with Gary Kline

12/26/2019
Why build an average studio when you can design and build something amazing for the same price? Gary Kline has designed and built dozens of radio studios, from small markets to the very largest. Chris Tobin has done the same. Together, Gary and Chris talk about involving every stakeholder in the finished studio, making sure that revenue generation has a place at the design table.

Duration:00:51:07

TWiRT Ep. 472 - Remembering John Lyons

12/19/2019
John Lyons was a not only a fixture, but a force, in the New York City RF scene. His tireless work - especially after 9/11 - has gotten and kept radio and TV broadcasters on-the-air with excellent engineering, optimized coverage, and reliable operation. With John's recent passing, today's TWiRT features Chris Tobin and Tom Ray - both of whom worked with John extensively. We'll also enjoy John's presentation about Building the Advanced RF Transmission System at One World Trade Center.

Duration:01:08:17

TWiRT Ep. 471 - Control over IP Options with Anthony Kuzub

12/13/2019
Audio over IP technology and standards are well-settled and widely understood among broadcast engineers. Control & Monitoring over IP is more unsettled, with competing - and incompatible - standards. Anthony Kuzub, Sr. Systems Designer at CBC/Radio-Canada, introduces AES70, NMOS, MQTT, MIDI over IP, and even a proposal for Emoji Description Protocol (EDP?). Plus a useful hack of Google Chrome browser to record WebRTC audio.

Duration:01:15:04

TWiRT Ep. 470 - All Digital AM with Dave Kolesar & Mike Raide

12/6/2019
WWFD in Frederick, Maryland, is the only all-digital AM station in the USA. Switching to HD Radio’s MA3 mode, there’s no longer an analog AM carrier; the signal is only digital, and any AM-band HD radio can decode it. Dave Kolesar is the energetic engineer who has driven this switch to an all-digital AM transmission. He and Mike Raide with Xperi join us from the WWFD transmitter site - and bring us a “first ever” surprise at the end of our show!

Duration:01:10:06

TWiRT Ep. 469 - Wisconsin Public Radio Upgrades with Britny Williams

11/22/2019
Wisconsin Public Radio was just going to replace a few audio consoles - until they met with one bad surprise after another! Britny Williams is DoO and DoE at WPR’s main studios in Madison, WI. She’s overseeing and coordinating several teams as WPR’s upgrade project developed into soup to nuts replacement - all while keeping all programming going. Britny joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack on this episode.

Duration:01:07:48

TWiRT Ep. 468 - Live from the MBMTC

11/15/2019
The Midwest Technology & Multimedia Broadcast Conference (MBMTC) just wrapped up in Columbus, Ohio. For the first time, this year’s conference consolidated engineering sessions from Kentucky and Indiana broadcast associations, making for a well-attended event with 14 total engineering sessions packed into one day. John Takach joins us on the “curvy couch” along with Josh Bohn and Matt Levin, plus Chris Tobin from New York City.

Duration:01:05:29

TWiRT Ep. 467 - Texar Audio Prism Prototype - with Brian Kerkan

11/8/2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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