Harris Plays Role in New WYSO Facility
SPRINGS, Ohio — WYSO(FM), licensed to Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio,
has been providing the greater Dayton, Ohio market with NPR and other
alternative public radio offerings for over half a century. This past year,
WYSO experienced the culmination of a dream of moving into its long-overdue new
facilities, including a 4,400-square-foot studio complex designed and installed
by JMS & Associates, Inc. The studio suite included an air studio, production
studio, a 650 square-foot performance studio, newsroom, technical operations center,
three edit booths and support areas.
The Harris Pacific Design Center’s custom
furniture division played a key role in realizing that dream. SCMS provided
much of the equipment, including Harris PR&E NetWave consoles and a
VistaMax Envoy routing switcher system.
The new facility occupies a renovated university
building, originally used as a research laboratory, that presented unique
design and construction challenges. WYSO’s diverse programming and extensive
local production required a facility with more capability and flexibility than
many commercial radio stations. For these reasons, plus the fact that this new
facility would have to serve WYSO well into the future, it was important not to
compromise on the quality and functionality of the key components. Harris and equipment
vendor SCMS rose to the occasion with excellent support.
It quickly became apparent that custom furniture
was the best option after researching the modular studio furniture from various
manufacturers. Thinking that a local furniture shop would be the most cost-effective,
I spent considerable time trying to convey our needs and obtaining quotes with
Our ultimate solution was the Harris Pacific
Design Center’s custom furniture. Broadcast furniture has many unique
requirements that are difficult to convey to a local cabinet-maker, so working
with an experienced broadcast furniture manufacturer solved so many potential
problems. As a bonus, the cost was no more than using a local cabinet shop.
We worked together to arrive at configurations to
fit the available space in all six studios and edit booths, and meet the requested
staff requirements — no small feat. The package includes a six-position
interview desk that wheels out of the performance studio to accommodate large
Quality and aesthetics were important
considerations. This custom furniture was just that, furniture constructed out of real
hardwood by skilled artisans with finishes coordinated to match the studio
environment. The result is a functional, yet stunningly beautiful, studio
centerpiece that will serve the station for many years.
from California was a non-issue as it arrived in a dedicated moving van that
provided inside delivery. Installation was straightforward. Instructions and
drawings were provided, which, like all red-blooded American males, we promptly
ignored. Good thing everything fit together perfectly.
We chose Harris NetWave consoles and the Harris VistaMax
Envoy routing system, which allows each studio to stand alone without the
vulnerability of depending on a single Cat-5 cable to be on the air. Yet, we
also have the convenience of networking the entire station to link every
The air studio and production studio utilize 24-channel
NetWave frames and are setup identically so that an announcer moving from air
to production will be familiar with the layout. Edit booths A, B and C are
equipped with 16-channel NetWave frames; the newsroom features an eight-channel
version. The companion mic control panels, headphone amps and other accessories
combine to create an integrated system.The NetWave prewire kits simplify the wiring and minimize installation time.
sources in and out of the station, such as the 14-satellite channels, eTech
Ohio (a state educational technology initiative) interconnect, codecs for
remotes and the automation system are available on the VistaMax Envoy routing
switcher. All six NetWave consoles are also networked via the Envoy. Every
source, either from the outside or within any studio, is available everywhere
in the station. The new PR&E Vista software makes configuration a breeze.
This project had many challenges, not the least
of which was maintaining the existing operation on the air during construction
and installation. The client did not have the budget to purchase all new
equipment, so the move was carried out in choreographed phases as existing
equipment was relocated. My thanks to both Harris and SCMS, who were
accommodating in meeting our schedule and requirements.
WYSO is looking forward to a brighter future now
that it has the facility and tools to realize its potential to provide the
public radio audience with the best product possible.
For information, contact Brian Clifford at Harris in
Ohio or visit www.broadcast.harris.com.