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Digital i102-104 Makes Debut

i102-104 covers northwestern Ireland from Galway City and uses digital technology throughout the studio and airchain up to the transmitter network.
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Ireland recently saw the launch of regional broadcaster i102-104, billed as the first all-digital station in the country.

Built by Waterford-based Total Broadcast Consultants, i102-104 covers northwestern Ireland from Galway City and uses digital technology throughout the studio and airchain up to the transmitter network. The only exceptions are analog studio microphones and the broadcast signal, which becomes analog within the stereo encoders.

Digital equipment at i102-104 includes Klotz Digital Aeon mixing desks and Orban Optimod processors, all of which receive and send audio in AES/EBU format.

"It would have been easier to build an analog station but we take pride in being innovative and we knew it would be worth it, in ensuring that the station was future-proof and, what is more, sounded the very best on air," said Total Broadcast Consultants Director Andy Linton.

According to i Radio Ltd. Joint Chief Executive Dan Healy, i102-104 had always aimed to be the most innovative and interactive station in Ireland.

"Ensuring the highest quality and compatibility with new and future technologies was of paramount importance to us. Our facilities here are without doubt the best and most modern of any station in the country," said Healy. "To say we are pleased would be an understatement."

i102-104 airs a regional youth-oriented service, targeting 15- to 34-year-olds in Counties Galway, Mayo, Longford, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal. The station, which launched on 23 January, also plans to place strong emphasis on interactivity with its listeners.

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