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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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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.

    TWiRT Ep. 701 - Now is the Time to Plan with Tim Berry

    TWiRT Ep. 701 - Now is the Time to Plan with Tim Berry

    Tim Berry is already thinking about this fall’s sports broadcasts on the Vol Network. With over 60 radio affiliates and many thousands of listeners depending on high quality, live play-by-play, it’s Tim’s responsibility to make sure these broadcasts get from the stadiums and arenas to the Vol Network headquarters and beyond. Effective planning is essential! And this planning discipline works for other broadcast engineering tasks, like transmitter replacements. Chris Tarr adds his own experience and expertise to our discussion.







    Show notes:









    * What is the Vol Network?







    * Tim Berry - WN4GBI and East Tennessee Amateur Repeaters







    * Chris uses VLC Media Player to receive and monitor multiple Internet streams









    Guest







    Tim Berry - Chief Engineer at WUOT-FM and Chief Engineer at the Vol Network







    Hosts







    Chris Tarr - Group Director of Engineering at Magnum.MediaKirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting







    Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook







    Sponsored by







    Nautel and the HD Digital Radio Test DriveBroadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. Broadcast Bionics - making radio smarter with Bionic Studio, visual radio, and social media tools at Bionic.radio.Angry Audio and the new Rave analog audio mixing console.The new MaxxKonnect Broadcast U.192 MPX USB Soundcard - The first purpose-built broadcast-quality USB sound card with native MPX output.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    TWiRT Ep. 700 - High Tech Home Studio with Marc Haycook

    TWiRT Ep. 700 - High Tech Home Studio with Marc Haycook

    Marc Haycook is a problem solver! He needed to add a VO studio to his home, but new construction or expansion isn’t allowed there. He needed a studio that could be moved around for access and maintenance, but not on wheels. He needed access to phones, Internet, electricity, but had to keep neighborhood and household noise out - completely out. And he even had to silence the A-10 Warthogs and other aircraft that fly over at inopportune times. The solution? Well, that’s what this episode - number 700 - of This Week in Radio Tech is all about. Voice-over artist, Marc Haycook, joins us for a fascinating look at his home-built, home studio, with the cleanest audio anywhere. Plus, we take out first phone call ever on TWiRT!







    Show notes:









    * Auditronics 200 series audio console catalog







    * Rockwool Safe ‘n Sound insulation







    * Marc used Green Glue as part of his sound reduction design.







    * Marc’s mics are an Electro-Voice RE20 and a Neumann TLM 103







    * Marc’s audio console is an Axia Radius with QoR16 Integrated Mix Engine







    * Marc’s broadcast phone system is a Telos Hx6 with VSet.6 controller









    Guest







    Marc Haycook - Voiceover Artist at DMARC Media







    Hosts







    Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting







    Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook







    Sponsored by







    Nautel and the HD Digital Radio Test DriveBroadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. Broadcast Bionics - making radio smarter with Bionic Studio, visual radio,

    • 1 hr 8 min
    TWiRT Ep. 699 - My 40 kW Transmitter Shuffle with Mike Kernen

    TWiRT Ep. 699 - My 40 kW Transmitter Shuffle with Mike Kernen

    Before his new Nautel GV40 FM transmitter arrived, Mike knew there was a major problem to solve. Big transmitters. Small room. No space for the old transmitter to get out of its own way. Then Mike had an idea. Crazy idea? Many ideas are - at first. Let’s follow along with Mike Kernen, Market Chief Engineer at Crawford Broadcasting Detroit, and find out how he solved this vexing problem. Chris Tarr joins us with another instructive story on moving transmitters into impossible spaces.







    Show notes:









    * Chris mentioned this Diydeg Radio Receiver, FM, Shortwave Receiver with RDS Mode









    Guest







    Mike Kernen - Market Chief Engineer at Crawford Broadcasting, Detroit







    Hosts







    Chris Tarr - Group Director of Engineering at Magnum.MediaKirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting







    Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook







    Sponsored by







    Nautel and the HD Digital Radio Test DriveBroadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. Broadcast Bionics - making radio smarter with Bionic Studio, visual radio, and social media tools at Bionic.radio.Angry Audio and the new Rave analog audio mixing console.The new MaxxKonnect Broadcast U.192 MPX USB Soundcard - The first purpose-built broadcast-quality USB sound card with native MPX output.

    TWiRT Ep. 698 - Radio Needs Serious IT with Chuck Helstein

    TWiRT Ep. 698 - Radio Needs Serious IT with Chuck Helstein

    Some of us grew up in radio and have spent our whole careers in the business. Others, like Chuck Helstein, started in radio, but has been in IT security and IT financial technology. Now, Chuck brings IT knowledge and discipline back to radio since purchasing KAZM AM/FM in Sedona, Arizona. Chuck joins us to talk about some novel ideas for making great, local radio while cutting expenses dramatically using clever IT services and technology.







    Show notes:









    * KAZM AM & FM - Mellow Mountain Radio







    * MegaSeg DJ & Radio Automation Software







    * DigitalOcean cloud-based computing platform

















    Guest







    Chuck Helstein - Owner at KAZM, Cybersecurity Expert







    Host







    Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting







    Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook







    Sponsored by







    Nautel and the HD Digital Radio Test DriveBroadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. 







    Broadcast Bionics - making radio smarter with Bionic Studio, visual radio, and social media tools at Bionic.radio.Angry Audio and the new Rave analog audio mixing console.The new MaxxKonnect Broadcast U.192 MPX USB Soundcard - The first purpose-built broadcast-quality USB sound card with native MPX output.

    TWiRT Ep. 697 - Swapping Old Tech for New with Matt Levin

    TWiRT Ep. 697 - Swapping Old Tech for New with Matt Levin

    Audio over IP (AoIP) has been used in broadcast facilities for about 20 years now. A few broadcast facilities have swapped one brand or standard of AoIP equipment for another during that period. Some broadcasters have swapped equipment twice! Whether the reasons for changing equipment are technical, political, old age, or support issues, we’d like to know about the challenges - or the easy aspects - of changing AoIP brands and standards. Matt Levin is a broadcast engineer in Ohio. His consulting and studio construction work take him to different facilities to make upgrades. Chris Tarr and Kirk Harnack discuss with Matt about using different AoIP systems, using console profiles effectively, and about FM audio processing running on PCs and servers.







    Show notes:









    * Processors Are Tasked With Repairing Damage - Radio World article by Matt Levin









    Guest







    Matt Levin - Broadcast Engineer & Technical Consultant







    Host







    Chris Tarr - Group Director of Engineering at Magnum.MediaKirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting







    Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook







    Sponsored by







    Nautel’s HD Digital Radio Test Drive unlocks content, revenue, & ratings potentialBroadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. Broadcast Bionics - making radio smarter with Bionic Studio, visual radio, and social media tools at Bionic.radio.Angry Audio and the new Rave analog audio mixing console.The new MaxxKonnect Broadcast U.192 MPX USB Soundcard - The first purpose-built broadcast-quality USB sound card with native MPX output.

    TWiRT Ep. 696 - I'm a Builder Engineer with Dan Case

    TWiRT Ep. 696 - I'm a Builder Engineer with Dan Case

    Dan Case just retired from full-time broadcast engineering - and some key projects are fresh on his mind. Dan started his radio career in Erie, Pennsylvania, and quickly moved up with more responsibility and some engineering management. Dan believes in fixing audio problems right at their source and never trying to fix bad audio with more audio processing. And Dan’s passion is developing customer local solutions where they’re needed. From a custom telephone hybrid in the early 1970s, to building a solid, reliable AM station pattern controller. He coined the term “Revenue Insurance” as a way to validate and justify capex expenditures designed to keep revenue flowing in the midst of other failures or disasters. This is an informative interview with with both technical advice and business acumen shared for your benefit.







    Guest







    Dan Case - Director of Engineering (Retired)







    Host







    Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting







    Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook







    Sponsored by







    Nautel’s HD Digital Radio Test Drive unlocks content, revenue, & ratings potentialBroadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. Broadcast Bionics - making radio smarter with Bionic Studio, visual radio, and social media tools at Bionic.radio.Angry Audio and the new Rave analog audio mixing console.The new MaxxKonnect Broadcast U.192 MPX USB Soundcard - The first purpose-built broadcast-quality USB sound card with native MPX output.

    • 1 hr 9 min

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