Harris Helps Envisage Rock All Night
DIEGO — Envisage Radio Group is a new radio program syndicator
based in southern California. Our vision for flagship program “Rock
All Night” is to create an overnight community of listeners that
brings live voices back to the airwaves after 7 p.m. The program
delivers a mix of rock music and related talk that is also designed
to serve as an ideal morning program lead-in.
some time, I have been drawn to the idea of using audio over IP to
distribute syndicated program audio and contact closures for ad
breaks, show opens and other needs. The high cost of satellite
delivery made it clear that the ROI is far quicker using IP,
considering the fairly low cost of the devices and monthly operating
Tharp at equipment dealer SCMS recommended that we evaluate the
Intraplex IP Link 100 audio codecs from Harris Broadcast. To date, we
these have units up and running at the encode and decode points,
transporting high-quality 128 kbps MP3 streams to broadcast “Rock
All Night” at KXRC(FM) in Durango, Colo. Audio quality has been
excellent, and we expect to install additional units to support more
streams as new stations are added to the network.
Broadcast has been at the top of our vendor list for some time, as we
recently purchased a complete “Desktop Radio” solution through
SCMS featuring a PR&E Oasis console with a direct automation
connection. We were drawn to the company for IP audio codecs because
they deal specifically in broadcast, and we heard from other
broadcasters who offered positive feedback about their use of the IP
Link 100 as an STL backup.
IP Link 100 price is similar to a satellite receiver but, as noted,
the ongoing costs of operation for IP delivery are far less expensive
than satellite. We dug into the boxes after performing our cost
analysis, and have found the feature set to have everything we need.
Setup was simple. Configurations included routing the outside IP
address to an internal IP address on the network, followed by opening
two ports to initiate streaming.
configuration, we provided the transmitting and receiving information
for format and bitrate, along with the necessary contact closures.
The IP Link 100 encodes and transmits all audio and closures in sync
so that all commercial breaks are received at the proper time.
biggest benefit is on-air reliability. The broadcast in Durango just
recently went live, but in three months of testing, the units went
down only once — and that was due to an electrical outage. Built-in
redundancy, which they call “dynamic stream splicing,” offers
three ports to ensure that there is no packet loss during audio and
closure transport. These three ports include a management port and
two streaming ports.
audio memory or a plug-in USB thumb drive add another layer of
redundancy, allowing us to add content to the IP Link 100. This
enables direct play-out from the unit in the event of unusual on-air
forward, we will get a second service provider soon, with a dynamic
stream splicing feature, giving us one primary and one secondary feed
that can ultimately borrow from each other if necessary. This will
ensure the dependability of the Intraplex brand’s STL products.
an exciting opportunity to be able to launch a new syndication
network with IP as a distribution platform. It is a great way for
small groups and start-up syndicators to enter the marketplace and
deliver programming from station to station easily, reliably and
cost-effectively. The IP Link 100 audio codec is helping us to
achieve these goals without hassle.
information, contact Brian Clifford at Harris Broadcast in Ohio at
(513) 459-3714 or visit www.harrisbroadcast.com.