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This Week In Radio Tech

“TWiRT” is your go to show if you want to get behind the scenes on what makes broadcasting possible. The show addresses common issues as well as explaining past experiences from a wide array of hosts who each come from a different background in radio technology. This show is a must for any tech geek or for anyone who is interested in what goes on behind the boards and wires.

TWiRT Ep. 355 – The Way We Do Things

Let’s examine a couple topics and explore “how we do them”. Chris Tobin discusses mics, pre-amps, and techniques for recording live music at WBGO-FM. Then we see how PC platforms have moved into the equipment space that was only purpose-built equipment. And just how far is that concept going?

TWiRT Ep. 354 – Vintage Microphones with John Holt

The first microphones were invented as far back as the 1870’s, but that’s before there were any tube amplifiers! We’ve come a long way, though most mic inventions occurred 70 to 90 years ago. John Holt is an expert on vintage microphones and gives us a fascinating look and lesson.

TWiRT Ep. 353 – The Beauty and Value of a Bird’s...

Small Unmanned Aerial Systems or “drones” are quickly getting popular with broadcast engineers and consultants. A bird’s eye view can help us better visualize our antenna systems, plus there’s real value in catching visible problems before sending a tower crew to troubleshoot. Chris and Kirk show video examples of aerial tower shots, plus Chris describes bringing Internet access to a Boy Scout camp in New York State.

TWiRT Ep. 352 – Streaming Challenges & Solutions with Matt Kellogg

Streaming audio is bringing a whole new lexicon - geo-targeting, geo-fencing, interstitials, pre-rolls, adaptive bit-rates, video, and virtualization. Matt Kellogg - a guy with a solid radio background - joins us from StreamGuys to sort it all out.

TWiRT Ep. 351 – Virtualizing Automation with Dub Irvin

Virtual Machines and Virtualization in general are becoming popular techniques in the IT world. Now, broadcasters are adopting virtualization for their automation systems. How does this work, and what are the pros and cons? Dub Irvin from WideOrbit joins us to explain.

TWiRT Ep. 350 – SAS Routers & Consoles with Al Salci

SAS is well-known for high-reliability audio routing systems. SAS Co-founder, Al Salci, is here to talk about their early technology breakthroughs, as well as their audio mixing console designs. Plus, Al shares his thoughts on AES67, Livewire, and Dante.