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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. 374 – Boston Radio with Jim Armstrong

12/8/2017
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Everyone starts somewhere, and Jim Armstrong started right near the top - in Boston radio! We’re talking early days of on-air traffic reporting, some technical perspectives from those days, and about Jim’s big switch to broadcast equipment sales; lessons here all of us engineers can learn from.

Duration: 01:02:06


TWiRT Ep. 373 – Visual Radio Live from WAMU

12/2/2017
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Radio industry experts are talking with each other, sharing ideas about “visual” radio. We’re asking a lot of questions, too. What are we trying to accomplish with video added to radio? Can we engage our audiences better and longer? What strategies seem to be working? Chris and Kirk attended the Visual Radio Symposium this week, and Al Reynolds of WAMU was there, too.

Duration: 01:16:26


TWiRT Ep. 372 – Tom Vernon on Smart Speakers

11/18/2017
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“We’re on the verge of a Voice Activated Internet,” says Tom Vernon. Tom’s recent front page Radio World article, “Can Smart Speakers Bring Radio Home?” points to new radio listeners using smart speakers. We may also find voice-activated tasks around broadcast stations, facilitated by Amazon Echo or Google Home devices.

Duration: 01:02:57


TWiRT Ep. 371 – Building the Transmission System at One World Trade Center

11/10/2017
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There are myriad perspectives from which to view One World Trade Center’s rebuilding after the tragedies of 9/11. From the broadcast perspective, 2017 marks a notable milestone – the resumption of television transmission from atop One WTC. The latest transmitter and antenna technology is now deployed at One WTC, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at a symbolic 1,776 feet in height; it has resumed broadcast operations as one of the world’s elite broadcast centers. John Lyons,...

Duration: 01:18:13


TWiRT Ep. 370 – War Stories from The Broadcasting Club Frat House

10/30/2017
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The Broadcasting Club is a popular Facebook Group where engineers and others in Radio and TV post photos, videos, stories, and other info of interest to broadcasters. The group’s Admin is Daniel Hyatt, an engineer in Denver. Dan threw a party for local engineers and those of us attending the SBE Annual Meeting there. Dan’s home was also the stage for this week’s TWiRT episode with a bevy of engineers telling us their own War Stories!

Duration: 01:09:48


TWiRT Ep. 369 – AES & NAB 2017 from New York

10/21/2017
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The AES and NAB fall shows combine to provide several days of seminars, special events, and equipment demonstrations in New York. Chris and Kirk interview technology leaders and find out what’s hot now and in the future. Special thanks to David Bialik and Andrew Zarian helping make TWiRT possible this week.

Duration: 01:12:49


TWiRT Ep. 368 – The Broadcasters Clinic in Madison

10/11/2017
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Possibly the best regional conference for Radio and TV engineers, the WBA Broadcasters Clinic is our venue in Madison, Wisconsin. John Chelliah, Steve Lampen, Chris Tarr, and Mark Persons make-up an all-star cast for this episode of TWiRT. We’re talking 12 GHz coax, AoIP, and console-less consoles, live from Madison.

Duration: 01:02:45


TWiRT Ep. 366 – CyberSecurity for Broadcasters

9/29/2017
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Chris Tobin is speaking at the Central Canadian Broadcast Engineering conference (CCBE) in King City, Ontario, Canada. He joins the show from the relaxing Kingbridge Conference Center. We’re discussing CyberSecurity for Broadcasters - what we learned from a recent expert panel discussion in Columbus, Ohio. And a first look at troubles with the National EAS Test.

Duration: 01:12:14


TWiRT Ep. 365 – EAS In Times of Trouble – with Rob Dale

9/22/2017
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The Emergency Alert System - EAS - suffers a love-hate relationship with most broadcast stations. Radio folks may love the fact that EAS handles the burden of alerting the public to life and safety threats. But sometimes the program interruptions are just too much, and the audio quality is often just terrible. Rob Dale is the Regional Planner at the Ingham County, Michigan, Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. He’s also a broadcaster and meteorologist. Rob joins us to...

Duration: 01:03:43


TWiRT Ep. 364 – Stereo Tool & Omnia Processing with Hans & Matt

9/17/2017
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Stereo Tool is a popular PC-based audio processor for FM, DAB, and web streaming. Radio Engineer, Matt Levin, tells us about installing and using Stereo Tool. Plus, Hans van Zutphen, the author of Stereo Tool, describes how Omnia audio processors benefit from Stereo Tools users’ feedback.

Duration: 01:09:08


TWiRT Ep. 363 – Alexa, Tell the Studio I Hate That Song!

9/8/2017
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What’s Interactive Radio? It’s when listeners have real-time input to the on-air talent. And what could be a more natural interaction than the human voice? Dan McQuillin at Broadcast Bionics introduces interactive radio using Amazon Echo or Google Home. His company’s code and service, added to Alexa Skills, brings instant listen feedback and sentiment to any radio show.

Duration: 01:10:32


TWiRT Ep. 362 – Hot Tech with Tony Gervasi

9/2/2017
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From budget equipment for LPFMs and translators, to super-reliable transmitters and streaming video systems, Tony Gervasi advises broadcasters about the best technology and equipment for their situation. Tony’s an expert at implementing the right tech for the right job and market size.

Duration: 01:10:58


TWiRT Ep. 361 – Custom Multi-Casting with Marcos O’Rourke

8/26/2017
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We’re live from KWAVE Radio in Santa Ana, California. KWAVE runs similar, yet thoroughly customized programming in 3 different markets - San Diego, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. The various interconnections use several different forms of Studio-Transmitter Links. Marcos O’Rourke joins us to talk about the challenges and solutions. Plus, Chris and Kirk talk about the recent total solar eclipse.

Duration: 01:14:10


TWiRT Ep. 360 – Moving My Samoan Stations

8/19/2017
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After 18 years in Pago Plaza, Kirk’s Samoan radio stations are moving - to a better studio and office location. This means reconfiguring three STL paths and adding an IP Radio link to the mix. Plenty of photos and video of rebuilding studios and a rack room on a tropical island.

Duration: 01:11:44


TWiRT Ep. 359 – Help Us Help You

8/4/2017
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Do you dread contacting Tech Support? Or do you look forward to getting the help you need quickly? There are ways to get the most from Tech Support at almost any company. Jamey Miller, Jake Alderman, and Bryan Jones are Support Engineers. They join Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for some real-life advice on getting what you need to solve your radio tech problem.

Duration: 01:03:46


TWiRT Ep. 358 – Dangerous Towers with Tom Ray

7/28/2017
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Tom Ray visits a lot of radio stations. He’s a full-time broadcast engineering consultant, and an inspector for New York State’s Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program. One troubling trend that Tom sees is the deterioration of broadcast towers. Tom joins Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack to warn us and bring us some good advice.

Duration: 01:03:22


TWiRT Ep. 357 – Audio Heard by Millions with Matt Aaron

7/21/2017
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The pressure is on for Matt Aaron. He’s the Chief Engineer for the Dave Ramsey Show, heard by over 8 million people each week! What’s required to keep perfect audio flowing and the talent happy? Matt talks about that, plus the time that high-power RF melted parts of his car.

Duration: 01:09:13


TWiRT Ep. 356 – Practical Drone Use with Sam Wallington

7/14/2017
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Are drones more than “big boy toys” for broadcast engineers? Well - YES! Sam Wallington is VP of Engineering for Educational Media Foundation. He’s using drone video and photography to locate trouble spots and prep for tower repairs, saving return trips.

Duration: 01:04:25


TWiRT Ep. 355 – The Way We Do Things

7/7/2017
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Let’s examine a couple topics and explore “how we do them”. Chris Tobin discusses mics, pre-amps, and techniques for recording live music at WBGO-FM. Then we see how PC platforms have moved into the equipment space that was only purpose-built equipment. And just how far is that concept going?

Duration: 01:06:27

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