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TWiRT - Episode 5 - Future Radio

Kirk Harnack - Telos, Omnia, Axia
Tom Ray - Buckley Broadcasting & WOR, New York
Chris Tobin - CBS Radio, New York
Chris Tarr - Chief Engineer, Entercom, Milwaukee

Special guest from Melbourne, Australia: Peter Smerdon, Contract Engineer,  formerly Chief Engineer for 3MP and SEN 

- CBS Radio Distributes WFAN, KROQ, WBZ, KSCF to More Markets Using HD2, HD3 Channels

- Remembering Don Markley and Louis King

Listener questions...

Brian Urban asks..

What is the future of radio? 

If HD Radio isn't the answer, what is?


From Peter Smerdon of Australia

Hi Kirk,
One of my areas of concern is transcoding errors in digital radio (some people call it cascading - or duelling - algorithms).
What do you now do for outside broadcasts (remotes) in this brave new world of digital radio, now that we all have been driven to codec solutions for remote site connections?
Are artifacts proving noticeable?
Cruelly, human voice (which is the majority of content coming down the "line" from the remote) seems to expose more coding artifacts than other content.
Is aptx better, being ADPCM vs the other Perceptual Coders (MPEG LII and LIII and AAC etc)?



TWiRT - Episode 5 - Future Radio


TWiRT - Episode 4 - STL

Kirk Harnack, Tom Ray, Chris Tobin, Chris Tarr and special (surprise) guest, Rich Parker of Vermont Public Radio.

- How are the TWiRT co-hosts interconnect to produce and record the show?  We explain.  A little mic talk, too.

- Clearwire adds WiMax service in more cities

- TV Channel 6's going away, and how that impacts Non-Commercial Educational FM stations

- How do radio stations transport high-quality audio from studio to transmitter?  Many methods are available.  And where does the audio processing go?  Rich Parker of Vermont Public Radio joins us for that discussion.

Trivia question: Who invented Spread Spectrum technology?

And we note that Argentinians serve meat with their meat.



TWiRT - Episode 4 - STL


TWiRT - Episode 3 - Emerald Isle

Kirk Harnack, Tom Ray, Chris Tobin, and Andy Linton

- KWVE EAS fine.

- How are stations managing online streaming and fulfilling the reporting requirements for Sound Exchange? 

- Innovation in radio audio chain in the last 10 years or so from the heyday of analog and the huge tedious patch panels and distribution amps to what's being done now digitally via IP and digital switching?    

- FM HD Radio power increase to -14dB

- Broadcasting and Radio Engineering in Ireland - Andy Linton

Our guest is Andy Linton of Total Broadcast Consultants, a system integrator and contract engineering service in Ireland. 


TWiRT - Episode 3 - Emerald Isle


TWiRT - Episode 2 - Excellence in Kline

Kirk Harnack, Tom Ray, Chris Tobin, and Chris Tarr, plus special guest, Gary Kline.
AM Ratchet Clause - FCC
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

Guest, Gary Kline, VP of Enigneering and IT, Cumulus Media
Recipient of Radio World's Excellence in Engineering Award



TWiRT - Episode 2 - Excellence in Kline


TWiRT - Episode 1 - Tsunami

Kirk Harnack, Tom Ray, Chris Tobin with special guest, Rich Wood.

EAS saves lives in American Samoa tsunami
Long live EAS?
What about AM radio?
WiMax and IP-Audio remote broadcasts
Rich Wood
Radio downsizing
Firing the best talent
Wall Street Creativity
Arbitron Personal People Meter (PPM)


TWiRT - Episode 1 - Tsunami