Tours of WQXR(FM) and the broadcast facility atop 4 Times Square are radio highlights of the technical tours portion of the AES show in New York this fall.
WQXR at the Empire State Building dates to 1936 and was the first classical music radio station in the country; it is owned by the New York Times. Major Armstrong conducted the first FM stereo tests there, WQXR(AM) was the first AM stereo station.
4 Times Square was upgraded after 9/11 with capacity to serve all of the city’s TV and FM stations. It has 5 megawatts of backup power and is home to facilities of six TV and 10 FM stations, MediaFlo and other communications companies including microwave, broadband, Ku and C band downlinks as well as for ENG and RPU services. It is managed by John Lyons, recipient of RW’s 2006 Excellence in Engineering Award.
Also on the AES tech tour list are tours of the Tisch School of the Arts’ Clive David Department of Recorded Music; Avatar Studios; and the Blue Man Group Lab, where the popular performance show is created.