The 2022 Broadcasters Clinic is set to return to the Madison Marriott West in Middleton, Wis., from October 11-13.
A slew of technical topics are highlights of this year’s clinic hosted by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and include sessions on remote monitoring, operating in the cloud and building a virtualized radio station, among others.
The clinic kicks off on Oct. 11 with a session that will look at the practical ins and outs of building a virtualized radio station. In the session “A Practical Guide to Building a Virtualized Radio Station On-Premises or in the Cloud,” Kirk Harnack from Telos Alliance will discuss recent improvements to remote workflows and how those lessons are translating into fully virtualized broadcast infrastructure workflows for radio stations.
Other cloud-focused sessions include “Radio Moves to the Cloud …. Full-Time,” in which Jim Hammond from Radio.Cloud will offer a high-level view of full-time playout in cloud-based environments and how this new working environment meshes with existing traditional playout, music and traffic systems in a station. The cloud is also the focus of the session “Cloud-Based Radio Broadcasting and the Last Mile Problem,” in which Mike Pappas from Orban Labs will examine the technical issues that can arise in a cloud environment, such as handling local EAS insertion and managing Nielsen encoding.
New technologies will be the focus of sessions like “Changing the Landscape of FM Broadcast Technology,” led by Nicole Starrett from Dielectric, who will talk about the advantages of slotted coaxial pylon antenna technology and how this technology is now be put to use in the FM band.
An overview of the entire radio technology landscape will led by David Layer from the National Association of Broadcasters. He will delve into the recent radio activities of the NAB’s technology department in the session “Advancing Radio Technology at NAB.”
Other technical sessions include a look at affordable tools for remote monitoring, the newest technologies used for transmitter site maintenance, captioning, the use of drones in investigating radio station systems and structures, ransomware mitigation strategies and ATSC 3.0 and datacasting as a revenue source for broadcasters.
The clinic will also have an exhibit floor at the Madison Marriott West. Those interested in attending should register with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association by Oct. 3, 2022.