Success on Remote at Rubin Broadcasting

Telos gear paves the path for easy operation
By Steve Rubin, CEO, Rubin Broadcasting Inc.,

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — At Rubin Broadcasting, I run three California stations — KTOX(AM) 1340 and K281CR 104.1 FM in Needles, Calif./Bullhead City, Ariz./Laughlin, Nev.; KUNK(FM)/92.7 The Skunk in Mendocino/Willits/Ukiah, Calif.; and KTOX(FM) 98.1 in Wofford Heights/Bakersfield/Porterville, Calif. — from my home in San Jose, Calif.

We do remote broadcasts for high school football games, as well as an occasional talk program from a customer location. I also offer a range of services for the broadcast community including studio builds/maintenance, wireless studio to transmitter links, remote talent integration and tower services.

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We have multiple Telos Z/IP One IP codecs, a Telos VX talk show system and a license of the Z/IPStream 9/X2 streaming software as part of our system to help make our remote broadcasts and streams sound their best, and — most important — be easier to manage. We use a pair of Z/IP Ones as an STL for our Mendocino FM station by sending the IP signal over a dedicated T1 line from the studio to the transmitter, with a backup over a cell modem. The 9/X2 feeds our internet stream, and another Z/IP One is used for remotes. We use the VX primarily in our Needles talk station for call-in programs. We also have used the VX to terminate G.722 calls from iPhones for remotes.

For our remote broadcasts, I use dedicated fixed lines on the VX when I am remotely board operating from home. I’ll use one fixed line as the cue bus, then I set up a feed to the Axia Fusion console, so I can use the talkback on the board, which allows me to talk to the person doing the remote. Another fixed line is used for program, and all of this is done over SIP/G.722 and softphones. The VX solves most of my remote audio routing issues since I can drop fixed lines for anything to remotely monitor or control.

One thing we are just starting to play with is remote voice-tracking using SIP with remote talent. We are using Paravel Systems Rivendell automation with the Livewire software driver. The talent simply dials into the VX with their soft client of choice and Rivendell just treats it like a local sound card. They can then remotely control Rivendell using VNC.

I’m looking at adding a Telos Zephyr iPort Plus multicodec gateway at each of our four transmitters, and two studio sites to give me a little more flexibility. Overall, with a painless installation and smooth operation, the Telos remote products have worked out flawlessly.

For information, contact Cam Eicher at The Telos Alliance in Ohio at 1-216-241-7225 or visit www.telosalliance.com.