Westwood One Rocks in Cleveland

On the floor with USB mixers and smartphone apps
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On the floor with USB mixers and smartphone apps
Westwood One News Quicken Loans Arena

The Westwood One News area at Quicken Loans Arena

Continuing our series on how radio is covering political conventions, next stop — Westwood One in Cleveland at the Republican convention.

The news and program syndicator will have a relatively large operation in Cleveland with a desk inside the Quicken Loans Arena; they have several reporters along with various production, engineering and tech staffers.

WWO said, “Bob Costantini, Jim Roope, Alan Scaia and Karin Caifa [are] among its reporter and producer crew. Chas Henry will anchor long form coverage and Michael Toscano will anchor evening short form special reports.”

Republican Convention 2016, Westwood One News, Alan Scaia

Westwood One News correspondent Alan Scaia interviews Texas delegation member outside Quicken Loans Arena.

On the technical side, ISDN will be carrying each Westwood One News booth desk correspondent. There’ll also be feeds for the podium and satellite communications. Correspondents will be available for Q&As with affiliates.

In the field, WWO says, “our reporters are using Comrex Access codecs, as well as apps on iPhone and Android phones such as Q Go Live and Luci Live.”

[Covering the Conventions: WTOP]

At the booth, a Behringer Xenyx C1204 mixer controls the main anchor and guests. Headsets in use include Sennheiser HMD26 and AKG HSD 171. Alesis MultiMix4 mixers act as utility mixers.

Telos Zephyr Xstream codecs provide feeds from Cleveland to Washington, while a PreSonus ACP88 processor works the feeds. USB ports on the mixers allow for interfacing with correspondent laptops.