TechCon Technical Excellence for RCS

Receives award for its work with Absolute Radio for split music service
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Jon Early of RCS U.K. and Robbie Harrison of Absolute Radio.

During the UK Radio Festival, Oct. 13–15, RCS and the Absolute Radio group received the 2014 TechCon Technical Excellence award.

According to the Radio Festival website, the award is “made to the individual, team or station that has, in the opinion of the judges, demonstrated technological excellence through their work on a project or procedure.”

Sponsored by Arqiva, this year’s award recognizes the world’s first fully-synchronized split music service where the same presenter is heard live across multiple different format radio stations, but the music is separate and relevant to each genre in every case.

Working closely with the Absolute Radio project team, RCS developed a utility that takes the schedule of the main station and requests matching songs of the other six services, taking all GSelector rules and the length into account, explains the firm.

The end result is a service where the music played on Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show is different depending on whether listeners are tuned into Absolute Radio 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, Classic Rock or its main station — but the live Christian O’Connell bits in between the music are the same on all services.

Related: Absolute Radio Splits Music

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