Since its summer move to new studios in downtown Chicago, WGN(AM) has transitioned to the Telos Infinity networked IP Intercom system to coordinate its live news and talk programming, the Telos Alliance says.
“It was time to move to a proper intercom system that would integrate with our audio network,” WGN Chief Engineer Bill Murdoch was quoted saying in the announcement.
The Infinity features a “matrix-free design” as well as AES67 and Livewire compatibility. In this installation, the Infinity was integrated with the station’s Telos VX VoIP talk show system, which enabled WGN to ditch legacy POTS connections.
The Infinity is also helpful when WGN produces shows from multiple locations because it allows “quick changes in studios and workflows” using the Dashboard app’s virtual buttons to program the intercom panel, according to Murdoch.
Murdoch also cited the system’s ability to control third-party equipment, enabling such tasks as switching headphone mixes. Its “Last Call button” is also a staff favorite, according to the announcement.
The Telos Alliance consists of the Telos, Omnia, Axia, 25-Seven, Linear Acoustic and Minnetonka Audio brands.