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Fun Stuff at the NAB Show

Get a gander of this shiny radio broadcast object at the Bext booth at the NAB Show. There was much similar technology to be seen at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the show, along with other whiz-bangs such as snazzy virtual reality technology, stunning 8K video and drone cages practically around each corner. 


Paul Schafer at the Helm

Paul Schafer, a pioneer in broadcast remote control systems, poses with one of his transmitter remote control units in this 1950s photo. He was also a developer of the first radio automation systems. See our story here. Schafer recently passed away at 90. Photo: Rob Schafer.


Bringing the Thunder

Feast your eyes upon Chris Ark’s remote broadcast setup he uses for his Country Thunder festival gig in Florence, Ariz. This is last year’s op but he’s got basically the same setup for this year’s festival, which starts this week. Chris is a former engineer for KMLE(FM) and has retained the gig each year.

Here’s partial equipment list: Zephyr Xstream ISDN (silver) for main backhaul; Zephyr ISDN (black) for main backhaul backup; Comrex Access Portable 2USB for secondary backhaul via Ubiquity P to P client; Yamaha MG 206C USB audio console; Aphex 230 mic preamps; Electro-Voice RE27 microphones; Shure SM58 microphones for interviews; Fostex 6301 cue speaker; Marshall AR-AM4-BG rack cue speaker; Behringer Power Play Pro XL headphone distro; Vox Pro and Adobe Editing workstation; dbx 166xs stereo compressor; Middle Atlantic 15 amp power conditioner; Canare mic cables; and custom audio snake specific to this broadcast setup.



Bear Takes Over Radio Station

A baby bear was brought into the studios of Townsquare Media’s WKXW(FM) in Trenton, N.J., during the Bill Spadea show. Not surprisingly, the bear quickly became the center of attention. That’s Spadea on the right. More “adorable bear” pictures and videos can be found here.


Art of the Antenna

This nice artistic photo is courtesy of Jeff Gehman of Kessler and Gehman, wireless and broadcast consultants. The client was WKGC(AM/FM) in Panama City, Fla. The specifics are: 10-bay ERI C-Pol antenna, WKGC(AM)’s new skirt, six EOC microwave antennas, insulated guy-wires and LED tower lights, according to Jeff.


The Glopped Up Mic

Radio World often presents nice, beautiful photos for our Photo of the Week feature. This time we’ll provide something … a little different.

By way of Kevin Larke, chief engineer for Midwest Communications Lansing operation, comes this cautionary tale of courtesy and sanitation. It seems that one of the DJs liked to eat on the job and, well, here’s the result. Kevin says, “He actually glopped up the screen of the Electro-Voice RE-27N/D microphone over time. I had to remove the front of the mic and soak it in boiling hot water from the microwave to clean the screen.”

So, DJs, be forewarned and be considerate.