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As I mentioned in previous episodes, and in my bio, I came in to radio (and broadcast in general) as a true outsider. I was a listener, but really never gave a lot of thought about how that radio signal made it to my car. Frankly, that’s how it should be for the listener. The goal is a completely transparent experience from the jock to the listener’s ears. I could have never imagined how much it takes to get that song, or those words, that newscast to my radio. It’s truly astonishing!

As you already know, my area of focus is IP. I don’t get too deeply involved in the RF side of broadcast. Frankly, it scares the pants off of me. But I’m always happy to lend a hand (from a distance) when one of the RF guys needs it. It’s astonishing what it takes to create AM/FM signals. I know it’s true for me, and I assume it’s true to others, but no matter how much I learn about the inside of a transmitter and what every little piece does, in the end it still seems like there is some sort of magic that happens. Might just be my lack of understanding, but either way, it’s pretty magical!

However, transmission is just the last step. What about everything that happens before that? On this weeks episode of “The Radio Tech Guys” we are going to dive head first into Audio over IP or AoIP. It’s a huge topic, but we hope to share some victories, failures, funny stories, ideas, cautions, and some other stuff all related to the magic of audio routing. Hope you’ll join in the conversation!

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Alex Reunion 2015

 

I will fully admit, when I was offered a job by a radio company, I didn’t know much if anything about radio. I certainly didn’t know about the “magic” that it took to create an award willing broadcast. I walked in knowing IP Addresses, and DHCP, and Active Directory. But it didn’t take long to understand that radio is something special. And lucky for me, all those skills I walked in with would come in handy too!

There are so many points between the jock, the microphone, and the listener. Mostimg_0341 people would never think about what it would take for you to hear the latest Rihanna tune, or Rush yelling about something. And that’s how it should be! The listener shouldn’t know that that single passed through a mic processor, and maybe a profanity delay, and through a console, then on to a switcher, or maybe an IP audio device, then beamed though the air many miles to a lonely building up on a hill with a gigantic lighting rod beside it, then passed through an audio processor, maybe a PPM encoder, and I won’t even name all the parts of the transmission equipment itself! But it does. It’s takes so much thought, and planning, and trial and error to get that song from our studio to your eimg_0606ars. THAT is fascinating! So very quickly I learned that while my job was going to continue to be IP addresses, and DHCP, and Active Directory… it was also going to be so much more.

Chris will tell you, and I’m sure you’ll hear us talk about it as well. Radio is 24/7, round the clock demanding, and can be unbelievably stressful. But we have so much fun solving the problems, putting the pieces together, and figuring out what makes this thing tick (or not tick… and that’s usually a bad night). I can’t wait to share the humor, tragedy, laughter, and complete confusion that is the radio industry. We are both very much looking forward to hearing from you, and sharing said experiences!

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