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“TWiRT” is your go to show if you want to get behind the scenes on what makes broadcasting possible. The show addresses common issues as well as explaining past experiences from a wide array of hosts who each come from a different background in radio technology. This show is a must for any tech geek or for anyone who is interested in what goes on behind the boards and wires.

Latest Episodes

TWiRT Ep. 486 - The RF Supercomputer with Chuck Kelly

General purpose computers have been replacing purpose-built equipment in almost every industry, including radio broadcasting. But, some functions - such as VHF and UHF modulators - have still required precision, purpose-built circuitry. Now come the “RF Supercomputer” - a marriage of hardware and software that can produce any kind of modulation at most any broadcast frequency. And there’s even more to the story. Chuck Kelly from BE/Elenos Group joins us for a lesson in highly sophisticated software defined transmission. Show links: * SDRplay* Samson Q2U USB Mic Guest Chuck Kelly - Vice President Market Development at Broadcast Electronics / Elenos Group Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored by TWiRT is brought to you by Broadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. By Angry Audio - your source for StudioHub cables and adapters, plus audio Gadgets and Gizmos. Audio problems disappear when you get Angry at AngryAudio.com. And by MaxxKonnectWireless - Prioritized High Speed Internet Service designed for Transmitter Sites and Remote Broadcasts.

66 MIN6 d ago
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TWiRT Ep. 486 - The RF Supercomputer with Chuck Kelly

TWiRT Ep. 485 - Broadcast Continuity in a Pandemic

“Social Distancing” to slow the spread of Coronavirus is changing the way broadcasters are operating. Over the past week or two, broadcast engineers have been charged with setting up the remote studios and broadcast systems allowing on-air talent and other operations workers to do their jobs from home. Plus, they’ve configured studio and “rack room” systems to be run by few or even no people in the main studio building. Some of radio broadcasting’s most active and progressing engineers join Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for this roundtable discussion, You’re sure to pick up on ideas and inspiration for your own broadcast facility! Roundtable Guests Bill Bennett - Media Solutions Manager, ENCO SystemsGary Kline - Broadcast/Podcast Engineering & IT ConsultantGeary Morrill - Regional Director of Engineering at Alpha Media USAJim Armstrong - Director, Eastern US Sales at the Telos AllianceMike Sprysenski - Regional Director of Engineering at iHeartMediaBryan Waters - Chief Enginee...

67 MIN1 w ago
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TWiRT Ep. 485 - Broadcast Continuity in a Pandemic

TWiRT Ep. 484 - Emmy-Winning AES67 with Kevin Gross

AES67 - the worldwide Audio over IP interoperability standard - exists because “Silos aren’t good enough!” Kevin Gross, Founder of AVA Networks and Chair of the AES X192 task group joins us to tell the story of how AES67 came to be, and a behind-the-scenes look at its development. We also discuss how AES67 plays into the SMPTE ST 2110-30 standard for networked audio-for-video. Plus, a great tip of the week! Show links: * Audio Engineering Society Honored with Technology & Engineering Emmy Award* AIMS paper: “AES67 / SMPTE ST 2110 COMMONALITIES AND CONSTRAINTS”* VLC Media Player - ver 3.x supports playing AES67 streams Guest Kevin Gross - Media Networking Professional - AVA Networks Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-SolutionistKirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored by TWiRT is brought to you by Broadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and suppo...

65 MIN2 w ago
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TWiRT Ep. 484 - Emmy-Winning AES67 with Kevin Gross

TWiRT Ep. 483 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Visual Radio with Robbie Green

Radio has traditionally been all about the audio. Radio engineers do their best, working with the budgets and knowledge they have, to design and build studios that help create the best audio presentation. Now more radio broadcasters are putting video cameras in their studios - visual radio. Some are streaming live while others grab the best clips from their in-studio shows. Robbie Green with Entercom in Houston joins Chris Tobin to talk about equipment and techniques to produce good-looking visual radio with minimal effort. Show links: * vMix video production software* Axia Pathfinder Core PRO* Ubiquiti G3 IP cameras Guest Robbie Green - Director of Technical Operations at Entercom Communications Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored by TWiRT is brought to you by Broadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. By Angry Audio - your source for StudioH...

69 MIN3 w ago
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TWiRT Ep. 483 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Visual Radio with Robbie Green

TWiRT Ep. 482 - Combine & Control with Josh Bohn and Josh Jones

With more combined AM, FM, and TV transmitter sites, safe, effective, and secure monitoring and control of those sites has never been more important. When several transmitters are fed into a combiner, then to a master antenna, great damage is possible if something goes wrong. That’s where detailed analysis, careful installation, and custom scripting with sanity checks all come into play. Josh Bohn, along with Josh Jones and other associates are providing such monitoring and control systems to FM and TV broadcasters, and they’re sharing some of their experiences with us. Plus Josh Jones talks about repairing older equipment with parts made of non-obtainium. Show links: * WAGO Rail / Chassis Mount Terminal Blocks* Burk Technology - SNMP-enabling remote controls* TechEx Streaming Calculator* FCCInfo.com Guest Josh Bohn - President & CEO, Bohn Broadcast ServicesJosh Jones - Chief Technician, Bohn Broadcast Services Hosts Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broa...

66 MINFEB 28
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TWiRT Ep. 482 - Combine & Control with Josh Bohn and Josh Jones

TWiRT Ep. 481 - Essential Community Radio with Ernesto Aguilar

Community Radio - what is it? And how's it doing? Surprisingly well! Ernesto Aguilar is the Program Director at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. He’s bullish on Community Radio - often run by volunteers - addressing the specific local and regional issues, arts, and concerns of people in a station’s coverage area. Chris Tobin joins in with specific advice on studio design that addresses the particular workflow you’ll find at many Community Broadcasters. Show links: * WXPR - “We Live Up Here” podcast* National Federation of Community Broadcasters* NFCB - Community Broadcasters Podcasting Guide (sign in or request)* WTIP - “Boundary Waters” podcast* WEVL-FM, Memphis, TN Guest Ernesto Aguilar - Program Director, National Federation of Community Broadcasters Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored by TWiR...

64 MINFEB 21
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TWiRT Ep. 481 - Essential Community Radio with Ernesto Aguilar

TWiRT Ep. 480 - They See Me Pathfindin'

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. Show links: * Pathfinder Software Family Overview* WRBS Pushes Pathfinder to the Limit - from Radio World* ‘Reliable, Redundant, System-Wide Routing Control’ Is Here - from Radio Business Report* Axia Livewire and VMWare ESXi - report by Anthony Eden at MediaRealm Guest Ed Noyes, South Central Regional Director of Engineering at Cumulus Media Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored b...

70 MINFEB 15
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TWiRT Ep. 480 - They See Me Pathfindin'

TWiRT Ep. 479 - Schwank aus dem Radioleben

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!

64 MINFEB 8
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TWiRT Ep. 479 - Schwank aus dem Radioleben

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

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!

68 MINJAN 31
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TWiRT Ep. 478 - Best Practices for AM Directional Systems with Mark Persons

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

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.

64 MINJAN 25
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TWiRT Ep. 477 - Artists in the Application of Science with Ed Bukont

Latest Episodes

TWiRT Ep. 486 - The RF Supercomputer with Chuck Kelly

General purpose computers have been replacing purpose-built equipment in almost every industry, including radio broadcasting. But, some functions - such as VHF and UHF modulators - have still required precision, purpose-built circuitry. Now come the “RF Supercomputer” - a marriage of hardware and software that can produce any kind of modulation at most any broadcast frequency. And there’s even more to the story. Chuck Kelly from BE/Elenos Group joins us for a lesson in highly sophisticated software defined transmission. Show links: * SDRplay* Samson Q2U USB Mic Guest Chuck Kelly - Vice President Market Development at Broadcast Electronics / Elenos Group Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored by TWiRT is brought to you by Broadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. By Angry Audio - your source for StudioHub cables and adapters, plus audio Gadgets and Gizmos. Audio problems disappear when you get Angry at AngryAudio.com. And by MaxxKonnectWireless - Prioritized High Speed Internet Service designed for Transmitter Sites and Remote Broadcasts.

66 MIN6 d ago
Comments
TWiRT Ep. 486 - The RF Supercomputer with Chuck Kelly

TWiRT Ep. 485 - Broadcast Continuity in a Pandemic

“Social Distancing” to slow the spread of Coronavirus is changing the way broadcasters are operating. Over the past week or two, broadcast engineers have been charged with setting up the remote studios and broadcast systems allowing on-air talent and other operations workers to do their jobs from home. Plus, they’ve configured studio and “rack room” systems to be run by few or even no people in the main studio building. Some of radio broadcasting’s most active and progressing engineers join Chris Tobin and Kirk Harnack for this roundtable discussion, You’re sure to pick up on ideas and inspiration for your own broadcast facility! Roundtable Guests Bill Bennett - Media Solutions Manager, ENCO SystemsGary Kline - Broadcast/Podcast Engineering & IT ConsultantGeary Morrill - Regional Director of Engineering at Alpha Media USAJim Armstrong - Director, Eastern US Sales at the Telos AllianceMike Sprysenski - Regional Director of Engineering at iHeartMediaBryan Waters - Chief Enginee...

67 MIN1 w ago
Comments
TWiRT Ep. 485 - Broadcast Continuity in a Pandemic

TWiRT Ep. 484 - Emmy-Winning AES67 with Kevin Gross

AES67 - the worldwide Audio over IP interoperability standard - exists because “Silos aren’t good enough!” Kevin Gross, Founder of AVA Networks and Chair of the AES X192 task group joins us to tell the story of how AES67 came to be, and a behind-the-scenes look at its development. We also discuss how AES67 plays into the SMPTE ST 2110-30 standard for networked audio-for-video. Plus, a great tip of the week! Show links: * Audio Engineering Society Honored with Technology & Engineering Emmy Award* AIMS paper: “AES67 / SMPTE ST 2110 COMMONALITIES AND CONSTRAINTS”* VLC Media Player - ver 3.x supports playing AES67 streams Guest Kevin Gross - Media Networking Professional - AVA Networks Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-SolutionistKirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored by TWiRT is brought to you by Broadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and suppo...

65 MIN2 w ago
Comments
TWiRT Ep. 484 - Emmy-Winning AES67 with Kevin Gross

TWiRT Ep. 483 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Visual Radio with Robbie Green

Radio has traditionally been all about the audio. Radio engineers do their best, working with the budgets and knowledge they have, to design and build studios that help create the best audio presentation. Now more radio broadcasters are putting video cameras in their studios - visual radio. Some are streaming live while others grab the best clips from their in-studio shows. Robbie Green with Entercom in Houston joins Chris Tobin to talk about equipment and techniques to produce good-looking visual radio with minimal effort. Show links: * vMix video production software* Axia Pathfinder Core PRO* Ubiquiti G3 IP cameras Guest Robbie Green - Director of Technical Operations at Entercom Communications Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored by TWiRT is brought to you by Broadcasters General Store, with outstanding service, saving, and support. Online at BGS.cc. By Angry Audio - your source for StudioH...

69 MIN3 w ago
Comments
TWiRT Ep. 483 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Visual Radio with Robbie Green

TWiRT Ep. 482 - Combine & Control with Josh Bohn and Josh Jones

With more combined AM, FM, and TV transmitter sites, safe, effective, and secure monitoring and control of those sites has never been more important. When several transmitters are fed into a combiner, then to a master antenna, great damage is possible if something goes wrong. That’s where detailed analysis, careful installation, and custom scripting with sanity checks all come into play. Josh Bohn, along with Josh Jones and other associates are providing such monitoring and control systems to FM and TV broadcasters, and they’re sharing some of their experiences with us. Plus Josh Jones talks about repairing older equipment with parts made of non-obtainium. Show links: * WAGO Rail / Chassis Mount Terminal Blocks* Burk Technology - SNMP-enabling remote controls* TechEx Streaming Calculator* FCCInfo.com Guest Josh Bohn - President & CEO, Bohn Broadcast ServicesJosh Jones - Chief Technician, Bohn Broadcast Services Hosts Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broa...

66 MINFEB 28
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TWiRT Ep. 482 - Combine & Control with Josh Bohn and Josh Jones

TWiRT Ep. 481 - Essential Community Radio with Ernesto Aguilar

Community Radio - what is it? And how's it doing? Surprisingly well! Ernesto Aguilar is the Program Director at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. He’s bullish on Community Radio - often run by volunteers - addressing the specific local and regional issues, arts, and concerns of people in a station’s coverage area. Chris Tobin joins in with specific advice on studio design that addresses the particular workflow you’ll find at many Community Broadcasters. Show links: * WXPR - “We Live Up Here” podcast* National Federation of Community Broadcasters* NFCB - Community Broadcasters Podcasting Guide (sign in or request)* WTIP - “Boundary Waters” podcast* WEVL-FM, Memphis, TN Guest Ernesto Aguilar - Program Director, National Federation of Community Broadcasters Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored by TWiR...

64 MINFEB 21
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TWiRT Ep. 481 - Essential Community Radio with Ernesto Aguilar

TWiRT Ep. 480 - They See Me Pathfindin'

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. Show links: * Pathfinder Software Family Overview* WRBS Pushes Pathfinder to the Limit - from Radio World* ‘Reliable, Redundant, System-Wide Routing Control’ Is Here - from Radio Business Report* Axia Livewire and VMWare ESXi - report by Anthony Eden at MediaRealm Guest Ed Noyes, South Central Regional Director of Engineering at Cumulus Media Hosts Chris Tobin, IP-Solutionist Kirk Harnack, The Telos Alliance, Delta Radio, & South Seas Broadcasting Follow Kirk on Twitter - @kharnackFollow TWiRT on Twitter - @TWiRTshow and Facebook Sponsored b...

70 MINFEB 15
Comments
TWiRT Ep. 480 - They See Me Pathfindin'

TWiRT Ep. 479 - Schwank aus dem Radioleben

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!

64 MINFEB 8
Comments
TWiRT Ep. 479 - Schwank aus dem Radioleben

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

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!

68 MINJAN 31
Comments
TWiRT Ep. 478 - Best Practices for AM Directional Systems with Mark Persons

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

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.

64 MINJAN 25
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TWiRT Ep. 477 - Artists in the Application of Science with Ed Bukont
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