Category: Broadcast

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Reading Cart Chunk with PowerShell

Look at the audio files in any professional radio playout system. They’ll likely be linear WAVE files with the associated metadata stored in the cart chunk format. With this information it’s usually enough to...

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Moving a Point-to-Point Microwave Link

At one station I volunteer for, we use a 1.5GHz microwave link to connect between the studio and the transmitter site on top of a hill nearby. Now I should stress that microwave link...

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Flipping Over to Your Competitor?!?

Weirdly, I had a problem I’ve not seen for years crop up recently. And it all started with complaints about car radios flipping between us and a competitor radio station. That’s not a good...

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Plotting for Improvement

It’s something a lot of community radio stations here in the UK are trying to improve – their FM coverage footprint. While the 25 watts ERP that Ofcom often licence stations at is usually...

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Pretty LEDs

Looks at photos modern radio studios in the UK and you’ll see two things. Firstly, there’s all those TV screens hung on walls to deliver dynamic branding. They may look the part but the...

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What’s the story on webRTC?

Ask some people, and they’ll claim webRTC isn’t making great inroads. In fact, a podcast I heard recently triggered me to actually write this article. After all, it’s a technology that’s helping change a...

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Sound to Light Christmas

Pop into most radio stations and you’ll soon see Christmas decorations going up in the offices and studios. In most cases, it’ll be some lights, tinsel and maybe even the odd electronic reindeer in...