Graham Studios Radius Pleases Salem
DALLAS — In January the corporation
I work for bought a fifth radio station in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. When
we originally built the Irving, Texas-located studios, Salem Communications had
completed two extra studios. We called the studios KTBD, as in “to be
determined,” but they have long since been taken over by another station.
So it was time to build two new studios. We’ve
all been through it — architects, contractors, equipment purchases, and, of
course, furniture. I called the engineer from the previous owner to find out
who had made the furniture in the control room we were acquiring. He informed
me it was Graham Studios Furniture. I had not worked with Graham Studios before
but if I could match the furniture that I was acquiring with the sale then I
thought that would be great.
I called Rod Graham and then sent the architect’s
drawings to him. Over the next few days we exchanged emails. Rod and I agreed
upon a modified Radius XP design. I asked for an extra rack pod and it was no
problem.I needed an extra hatch cut and
it was no problem. I would like a quad electrical box in each rack.
Rod said we would want the AC electrical and
lighting package. I was skeptical at first but the price seemed right and I
thought how many steps I could save not having to get a flashlight every time I
work in a rack.
I had also asked about a
wiring cabinet and Rod told me the wiring cabinet is included in the furniture.
I was shocked when the furniture was ready two
weeks before the rooms were actually completed by the contractors. I told Rod
that there was plenty of storage space for early delivery. Plus I thought that
would give me a head start on putting the furniture together. When it came in I
had a couple of kids from promotions to help out. I was warned the table tops
would be 100 pounds or so.
I was worried about the two
rooms of furniture parts in boxes getting mixed up so before starting assembly
I separated the boxes by room. I started opening boxes and kept contents of
each box separate. I found that assembly was very intuitive. My separating each
box was not necessary.
I found that the hardware was
exactly the amount required. Then I found an extra bag with at least one extra
of everything needed. I ended up using the extra hardware in the project.
First I built the pods and wiring cabinets. When
the rooms were ready I moved the pods and wiring cabinets into the rooms
respectively and bolted them together. I punched the room interconnect
multipair cables and the AC electrical and lighting package before adding the
table tops. The electrical package was color-coded for easy installation. In
fact, the electrician offered to do all of the interconnection for free.
The installation went very
smoothly. After the contractors finished with the rooms the station was on-site
within two weeks. I found the Graham Studio Furniture one of the least
stressful parts of the studio building experience.
For information, contact Rod Graham at Graham Studios
in Colorado at (970) 225-1956 or visit